Useless Humans (2020) Movie Review
Written By: JASR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Stephen Ohl
Producers: Ryan Scaringe and Jon Bloch
Writers: Stephen Ohl, George Caine, Kevin Hamedani, Travis Betz, Ryan Scaringe
Date Released: July 14, 2020 (USA)
Josh Zuckerman as Brian
Davida Williams as Jess
Luke Youngblood as Alex
Rushi Kota as Louis
Edy Ganem as Chum
Maya Kazan as Wendy
Joey Kern as Zachary
Iqbal Theba as Kenneth
Tim DeZarn as Duke
Kevin Michael Martin as Danny
James Croak as Alien
Rating = 1/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Brian (Josh Zuckerman) and his childhood friends have always had a tradition to come together for the Leonid meteor shower. However, every year starting 2011, the four friends begin canceling their yearly “meteor break” for various reasons – such as career and personal matters. Finally, in 2020, they all have the time to get together again for Brian’s birthday. The celebration starts to go downhill when an alien crashes the party.
Some of the movie’s gory scenes include one of the characters suffering disgustingly bloody and graphic cuts. One of the characters also gets stabbed with a knife – allowing us to see some sights of blood. Nonetheless, I would classify these gory scenes as comedic gore – making them tolerable for any kind of viewer.
The Grave Review
If there’s one good thing about Useless Humans, it’s the fact that it stays true to its name: useless. This movie is so painful to watch with its terrible acting, cheap effects, and meaningless plot. To be fair, though, I probably would have enjoyed this movie when I was 10.
The movie may have some bloody scenes, but since such scenes are part of an unbearable film, it’s easy to remind oneself that it’s all fake – switching the cause of your cringe from the blood to the film itself.
It felt like the movie tried so hard to be a good mix of horror, comedy, and sci-fi that it ended up being a forced comedy with all its forced jokes. To make it worse, the image of the alien is not convincing at all. It seems that the alien costume was bought from a Halloween store and meant to be worn at a costume party.
One way to tell if a movie is good is how it makes you forget that it’s all a production. Good movies take you to the world of the film and make you forget about the real world for at least an hour. Unfortunately for Useless Humans, all I can think about the whole movie is why it was even made and how they actually thought that releasing the film was a good idea.
Useless Humans feels like a crammed movie project for school – something that you shot and edited 30 minutes before the deadline. The movie is funny, but not the kind of funny that we enjoy in movies. It’s the kind of funny where you make fun of every element, and later ask the world for that one hour of your life back.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Useless Humans (2020) one grave out of five graves.
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