Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Human Centipede [First Sequence] (2009) - Review
This is just an unpleasant movie. Not unpleasant in the "Whoa is this gross" kind of way; it's just kind of hard to watch because the script is SO stupid and the acting is SO bad. Had it not been for the sheer disgusting reaction to the concept, this movie would have flown completely under the radar without so much as a second glance, as it should have.
The entire runtime basically consists of director Tom Six saying, "Ooh look at me, I'm so controversial! Isn't this repulsive??" Well, yes and no. I mean, the idea is pretty disgusting, but it's handled in such an odd way that it's far too tame to actually be revolting, but still too gross of an idea to really poke fun at. This leads to the entire movie just being kind of boring and only slightly uncomfortable.
Luckily the actors swoop in to make things at least a little entertaining. The acting is pretty awful on all fronts, no thanks to the script, but the real crowning jewel is the mad Dr. Heiter, played by Dieter Laser. This guy is so over-the-top in an otherwise serious and realistic (or as realistic as the concept can be) movie that it's hilarious. I can't really tell if he's attempting to be goofy or if the character is really just this crazy, but it's really ridiculous and out of place; in other words, it's the only entertaining part of the movie.
Aside from the doctor, there's really nothing else to like about this. The acting is pretty terrible, the direction is lackluster, the screenplay is absolutely awful, and the whole movie looks really cheaply made. In some cases, this would enhance the film and give it a more realistic tone, but with a premise so out there as this one, it only hurts the film. Definitely stay away from this one because it has virtually no saving grace.