An ingeniously shape-shifting debut from director Eduardo Williams, which follows the lives of mostly young men in disparate parts of the world who are bored by (or released from) their jobs and seeking fulfillment elsewhere.
CRITICS OF "The Human Surge (El auge del humano) [Audio: Spanish]"
Starting in Argentina, ranging to Mozambique and the Philippines, The Human Surge picks figures from the blur of the modern world and depicts them in shadowed motion, language an indistinct gesture, too.
Just when you think you've got the movie pegged, it pulls a daring switch of perspective. While the thrill of that little coup is short-lived, it suggests that Mr. Williams may come up with something more substantial with his next feature.
This conundrum that can be found all over the Internet, to be sure, but rarely with such enigmatic eroticism or breathtaking technique. Like the best nonfiction work of the past few years, it encourages us to look differently at every moving image we see.
Williams is a gifted director who only has better films in front of him; he appears to be a guy with a concise vision making exactly what he wants to make. Which might be why The Human Surge can't quite connect: Williams only made this for himself.