I’m in the mood of a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller which is just as well as I’m reviewing the blu-ray version of The Humanity Bureau (2017) starring Nicolas Cage. Is it a film you should be considering picking it up? Well at least you do have that option thanks to 101 Films. Let’s take a look, so without further ado here’s my The Humanity Bureau blu-ray review.
- The Humanity Bureau (2017)
- Genre: Sci-fi Thriller
- Directed by Rob W. King
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By 101 Films
- Blu-ray Released: 2 July 2018
In the future America finds itself ravaged by war, climate and political agendas leaving it unable to sustain the population. However an agency known as The Humanity Bureau now offers hope in the form of New Eden. It’s a place where the population are at first encouraged to go to and ultimately forced to relocate to.
Humanity Bureau agent Noah Kross (Nicolas Cage) is tasked with interviewing and assessing which of the population are deemed not productive enough and therefore are required to relocate to New Eden. Following one such assessment he discovers New Eden may not be all it seems.
Style / Direction
The films directed by Rob W. King whilst Mark Dobrescu is responsible for the cinematography. The open vistas really do a great job of conveying a post-apocalyptic world. On the negative side the internal car scenes are clearly done via green screen. That said it doesn’t break the overall immersion too much but does look like a time/cost saving measure.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Todd Bryanton.
Acting / Characters
I have to say that all of the cast turn in fabulous performances. Jakob Davies in particular as Lucas Weller a young boy Nicolas Cage’s character Noah Kross is trying desperately to protect stands out. Speaking of Nic Cage he delivers a controlled performance of a man that tries to conceal the truth of New Eden from a mother and son. He plays this very well indeed.
Sarah Lind plays Rachel Weller the mother of Lucas that is determined to stay on their farm despite being told she must leave. Lind is very convincing in the role as she also has a secret to protect. This element is well acted leaving you unsure of her inital motives.
Finally we come to the villain of the movie, Hugh Dillon as Adam Westinghouse. Obviously he’s supposed to be a Nazi SS officer that is just following his orders regardless at the cost to human life. Adam and Noah both work at The Humanity Bureau and begin as friends. One is content to hide the truth and the other wishes to expose it. This leads to some nice scenes shared by the two actors. I have to say the Adam Westinghouse is perfectly cast in the role and delivers an exceptional performance.
- Nicolas Cage as Noah Kross
- Sarah Lind as Rachel Weller
- Hugh Dillon as Adam Westinghouse
- Jakob Davies as Lucas Weller
- Vicellous Shannon as Agent Porter
Conclusion: The Humanity Bureau (2017) Film Review
I found The Humanity Bureau to be a thoroughly entertaining post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller with a good story that’s well told and filmed. Meanwhile the acting is possibly the movies biggest strength. I recommend giving this one a look if you are a fan of the genre.
If you enjoyed my The Humanity Bureau blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Next (2007)
- Knowing (2009)
- The Book of Eli (2010)
- Left Behind (2014)
- The Trust (2016)
- USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)
- Arsenal (2017) aka Southern Fury
- Vengeance (2017) aka Vengeance: A Love Story
Conclusion: The Humanity Bureau Blu-ray Review
The picture quality is excellent as you would expect from a 2017 film. There is only a short behind scenes feature lasting around 14 minutes which contains interviews with cast and crew. It’s certainly worth a look and gives a decent amount of insight into the making of the movie and certain camera technology employed including virtual reality and Barco Escape.
- Behind the Scenes (14 mins)
On to my movie rating for The Humanity Bureau (2017)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH A LOOK
- Blu-ray Picture: PERFECT
- Extras: GOOD
Amazon UK Links
The Humanity Bureau (2017) is available out now on blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version
That concludes my The Humanity Bureau blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more Nicolas Cage movies soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: The Humanity Bureau (2017) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: The Humanity Bureau (2017)
Movie description: America finds itself ravaged by war, climate & political agendas leaving it unable to sustain the population. However The Humanity Bureau now offers hope in the form of New Eden
Duration: 94 mins
Director(s): Rob W. King
Actor(s): Nicolas Cage, Sarah Lind, Hugh Dillon, Jakob Davies, Vicellous Shannon
Genre: Sci-fi, Thriller
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A thoroughly entertaining post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller