Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
What's it about
Four years after a 10-degree warming of the Earthís atmosphere, the clichťd Dystopian future is upon us.
Is it good movie?
There isnít much to be said for HELL. We get a title card telling us it is four years after a ten degree rise in the temperature of Earthís atmosphere, which is later explaining by a newspaper cover saying scientists canít explain it. I would say that puts it in the global warming camp, but the blazing hot sun implies more of an ozone layer depletion vibe. Either way, the logical conclusion, as in many other films of this ilk, is that this shift in weather inevitably leads to lawlessness and cannibalism. Sine qua non, apparently.
In this case, we follow the lives of four young people: sisters Marie and Leonie, and strangers Philip and Tom. Marie trusts the care of her and Leonie, and her own body, to Philip because he has a car, and they pick up Tom along the way because he is a mechanic. After we get the flavor for who is competent, who is not, and where everyoneís feeling for each other lie, they get split up after an attack by a group of mysterious men. Leonie and Tom are kidnapped, and Philip and Marie set out to rescue them. They all meet up again at the menís compound, which turns out to be a communal farm where the women are to be wives, and the men dinner.
And thatís about it. The damaged atmosphere is exhibited merely by high contrast outdoor scenes, and there really isnít much along the way of character development. There are no decent kills or action scenes, and very little along the way of tension. Itís not necessarily a bad film, the acting and editing is solid, but it adds no new ideas or flair to a pretty tired Dystopian future trope. Itís all standard stuff.
Two interesting notes: HELL is the German word for bright, and Walmart carries this under the title APOCALYPSE, because theyíre culturally-bereft morons who canít do a secondís worth of research.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen, not sure of the aspect ratio. A good portion of the film is high contrast, to replicate a world baked by the sun, so itís hard to tell where some the grain in the image is intentional or not. Nothing too distracting, however.
Audio: There are two 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks, in German and English respectively, and optional subtitles in English and English SDH.
Just the film's trailer.
HELL is a worthy effort, but offers little in the way of tension and absolutely no new ideas. There are no boobs and very little blood, for those of you into that, and no huge action set-pieces or destruction to property, for those enticed by the Emmerich name attached to the film. Itís just a little movie about a sun-baked Earth that never really gets any traction. Itís probably safe to give this one a pass.