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Humanity's End is a 2009 American fantasy science fiction film directed by Neil Johnson. Based upon a story concept by Johnson, and with a screenplay by Johnson and Michael Jonathan Smith, the film stars Jay Laisne, Kari Nissena, and Marc Scott Zicree.[1][2][3]

Synopsis

Several hundred years into the future, mankind has been relegated to the position of a minority species being replaced by a clone-race called "homo-technis", which is itself being surplanted by the genetically engineered race "homo-superior" or "Konstrukts". The Konstrukts have banded with the Nephilim, a race of hostile extraterrestrials who are known for their superior militray skills, to wipe out all the homo-sapiens and homo-technis "lesser" races from the galaxy. In order to save the "lower" races, homo-technis developes a genus of sapiens called "breeders", with an ability to bring multiple births to term quickly.

The Nephilim manage to destroy all of earth's "breeders", save one man and one woman. As a "breeder" himself, disgraced military man Derasi Vorde (Jay Laisne), has the duty of bringing the last female "breeder" from earth to the safety of an off-world rebel base.

Cast

  • Neil Johnson as Opening Narrator
  • Jay Laisne as Derasi Vorde
  • Rochelle Vallese as Contessa
  • Cynthia Ickes as Alicia
  • Kari Nissena as Gorlock
  • Blake Edgerton as Statis Konstrukt 1
  • Marc Scott Zicree as Statis Konstrukt 2
  • William David Tulin as Sorgon 387
  • Peta Johnson as Sheetak Declan (The Blue Whale)
  • Don Baldaramos as General Freitag
  • Joseph Darden as Roj-Junior
  • James Canino as The Destroyer
  • Maria Olsen as Sarah 419
  • Bruce Douglas as Nephilim Priest
  • Todd Justin as Nephilim Berserker
  • Jenna Fearon as Nephilim Field Commander
  • John Alton as Nephilim Infiltrator
  • Andrew Mallon as Nephilim Warrior #1
  • Emmett Callinan as Nephilim Warrior #2
  • Andrew Buist as Nephilim Aqua Warrior
  • Amanda Walion as Robot Girl

Critical response

Quiet Earth praised the expectations created by release of the film trailer, writing they were "immediately blown away by what a SFX extravaganza it was shaping up to be,"[4] and that even if the CGI did not live up to expectations created by such as James Cameron's Avatar, the release of the film was anticipated.[4] DVD Talk made note the film suffered from low-quality CGI but, based upon its original film trailer, the concept appeared intriguing. They offered that the film itself came off as an effort that appears to use parts of Serenity, post-modern Battlestar Galactica, mixed with old school '50s B-movie sci-fi, overstated machisomo male characters, and an inventive intergalactic tech-speak, to create a product that is "unintentionally hilarious cinematic cheese".[1] In noted director Neil Johnson's love for "interstellar overdrives",[1] they observed that he borrowed plot devices from such as Children of Men, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and '50s B-movies, and how like Raul Gasteazoro did with 10,000 A.D.: The Legend of a Black Pearl and Cory McAbee with The American Astronaut, he created his own version of the furure universe, and stuck to its constraints, even though his characters were caricatures, "no matter how irritating or aggravating."[1] They conculded that the result was "far from space junky",[1] but that the director's single-mindedness gave a result which ended up "looking a bit silly."[1] They gave him "kudos for being so brave"[1] and "a few demerits for being so bafflingly brazen."[1] Home Media Magazine makes note that the film does not result in the destruction of humanity, but that the resemblance of the various forms of humans to one-another adds to confusion for the viewer. They praised Jay Laisne as Derasi Vorde, writing his "Han Solo impressions will be enjoyed by sci-fi fans disappointed by Harrison Ford’s appointment with the natural aging process".[2] The also approved of the film's focusing on the characters rather than the technology, offering that this created a science fiction story "that is above the norm."[2] They found flaw in the film's concentration on "petty drama between the characters"[2] when the far more crucial battles of earth-humanity vs Nephilim is played out off camera and in the background.[2] Virtual DVD Magazine offered that the film would be appereciated by lovers of B-movie science fiction, but that its low-quality CGI visuals would require getting used to. They noted as a flaw, the film concentrating on characters to the exclusion of the backstory, in that in ommitting the battles between humanity and the Nephilim, the film did not give veiewers as much as it could have.[3] Close-Up Film paned the film, writing that despite the CGI and effects, "at heart the film is as old-fashioned as a Gernsback spaceship yarn from back before the golden age,"[5] and that such as E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith would be considered a "new wave sophisticate" [5] when compared to Neil Johnson. They explained by noting Johnson's "adolescent view of human relationships, his child’s delight in awkwardly-employed profanities, and his overweening interest in needlessly bulky high-tech weaponry."[5] They panned the music score by Nerdy John Cross, as "bluff and portentous to the point of parody."[5] They further wrote negatively toward the "exposition-heavy cut sequences which bookend the action like two badly-parked cars."[5] In speaking toward the film itself they offered that CGI effects were "roughly on a par with Babylon Five,"[5] acting was "pasable"[5] although the characters were "wafer-thin",[5] the cinematography was "workmanlike",[5] and the "editing dull."[5] Returning to the director, they offered that he "seems to aspire to precisely that kind of professional veneer that denotes a true thoroughbred hack."[5] They concluded by writing the film was "annoying and somewhat pompous, in the manner of an 80s hair metal band, or a long evening spent in the company of teenage boys."[5]

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