Monday, March 14, 2016

Film Review: The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) (2015)

The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) (Review)
Netherlands/2015
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"There was some surprising gore here, a chuckle there, and boredom everywhere."

William Boss (Dieter Laser), a prison warden, and his accountant Dwight Butler (Laurence R. Harvey) concoct a scheme to deal with their rowdy prisoners and please the governor, who is disappointed with the quality of the prison...

The Human Centipede 3 (Full Sequence) is a satirical horror film – at least, that's what it's supposed to be. The film follows Mr. Boss, Butler, and an assortment of extremely violent prisoners. Mr. Boss likes to torture the prisoners as he sees the punishment should fit the crime – times 100. That doesn't work out well for his reputation and the prison's medical bills. So, Butler, who is a fan of The Human Centipede films, convinces Mr. Boss to make a human prison centipede. Reluctant at first, Mr. Boss eventually agrees, while adding his own twist to the lifetime/death row inmates variation. That's your plot. Looking back, this film was much longer than it should have been. It felt like you could have taken out a quarter of the movie and had the same experience. Anyway, the film leads to a fairly disappointing ending.

I was not a fan of this film – not at all. The film is extremely violent and obnoxiously offensive. It's filled with graphic gore, racists remarks, and sexism. Frankly, none of it personally bothered me. It's just... none of it was funny. You know, there have been plenty of offensive shows and movies in my lifetime. South Park immediately comes to mind as a show that pushes boundaries. It's offensive, sure, but it's also smart and funny. The Human Centipede 3... well, it's offensive for the sake of being offensive and it's usually downright boring due to the bloated runtime and thin storyline. I'm sure the film was trying to make a statement about the American correctional system and US politics, but it doesn't really say anything. Compared to Mr. Boss' constant screaming, the 'satirical' elements in this film are a mere whisper. There are a few gory scenes that might wake you (I'll certainly never forget one of these scenes), but none of it is actually scary or entertaining.

The acting is mostly bad. Dieter Laser has a lot of energy and conviction, but his constant yelling became obnoxious before the second half of the film. 90% of his lines end with an exclamation point! I feel like if he didn't scream and drag out each syllable, the film would have been a quarter shorter. I was annoyed by the end of the film. Laurence R. Harvey is more tolerable, but still barely decent. I'm honestly surprised Bree Olson would waste her superb talent in this film – a damn shame. The film doesn't look or sound good, either. Everything just clashes together. The film is written and directed by Tom Six. Although I appreciated the creativity and novelty in the first film, I feel like he's lost himself with this trilogy. He wants to satire something, but he doesn't know what; he wants to make the film more disturbing while making it funnier – while failing at both. He can craft a competent film, but I think it's time to move on from the centipedes. (and, please, skip the caterpillars, too.)

Overall, The Human Centipede 3 (Full Sequence) is a bad film. There was some surprising gore here, a chuckle there, and boredom everywhere. It's obnoxiously loud and bloated due to the lead performer, it's unnecessarily offensive (which wouldn't be so bothersome if it were funny), and, worst of all, it's boring. Yeah, The Human Centipede 3 is boring. That is all.

Score: 2/10
Parental Guide: Extreme violence and gore, some sexual references and nudity.

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