Science fiction films have had a good run of success involving human takeovers as it’s one of the more pure elements in the genre. So when a film like Almost Human is created upon watching you can get the same feelings as classics like The Thing and even underrated movies like Dreamcatcher. If anything the film reminds me of the latter as Almost Human is a quick rush of events about young man still dealing with a devastating night of events his best friend who was abducted by aliens.
Almost Human stars Graham Skipper as Seth Hampton who on one fateful night watched his best friend get taken away from him through unexplained events. With no one to believe him he finds himself alone and dealing with what happened. Down on his luck and almost without a job there is a lightning storm in the area that reminds him of the night his friend Mark(Josh Ethier) disappeared. What he does not know is his friend Mark is back but he has brought something evil inside of him that will make the world a perfect place, so he says.
Almost Human is a pretty solid sci fi horror that relishes in gore and destruction. Most of the acting is rather dull in the film except for Ethier who does an amazing job portraying the possessed killer. You will totally get the sci fi horror feel during his parts as he brutally disposes of his kills but at the same time infecting them with the alien virus. His brash approach at his victims really works in this cold weather sci fi flick. I would have enjoyed seeing more of the alien takeovers to the point where they consumed the town. It’s hard to see something of this magnitude only affect a small amount of people. The story line is to the point and precise and executed pretty well and there is enough in Almost Human to make this an entertaining film.
The only disconnect I have is the creation of the new formed infected. It seemed as if some victims took a while to infect while others turned in the course of the night. Also it seemed as if he ate a few of the victims as well so I’m curious to the reasoning behind that. For the movie to provide such a frantic pace after Mark returns I felt a little letdown during the part of the films climax. Overall Almost Human is a decent sci fi thriller but has a few more annoyances than you may want to see. It’s one of the better done sci fi possession films as of late but may remind you a little too much of films mentioned before. If you are a fan of sci fi horror you may really enjoy Almost Human but I don’t see this a hit on the roster of great films on the IFC Midnight label.
Almost Human is directed by Joe Begos and stars Graham Skipper, Josh Ethier, and Vanessa Leigh. Almost Human will be in select theaters, digital services, and VOD on February 21st. Almost Human is being distributed by IFC Midnight.