I PASS FOR HUMAN
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
What's it about
After her boyfriend overdoses, Jane finds herself in the drug world and using herself. But along with the heroin comes the spirits of dead druggies ready to take their souls.
Is it good movie?
ďThereís something else. Heís seeing things. People. People who arenít there. Dead people. Gone. He says theyíre people who o.d.íed.Ē
So describes main character Jane from I Pass for Human on what happens once addicts enter into a bad trip. And let me tell you, itís not a vacation destination. I Pass for Human combines drugs and zombies, and itís obvious that writer/director Chris D. equates zombies with heroin use. It robs users of their souls, you see. And once on that bad trip, the spirits of dead junkies haunt current users. Thatís not good.
I wanted to like this film. The idea of combining heroin and zombies seemed intriguing and I dig the music by Tool member Danny Carey. I liked style. Frankly though, it's difficult to care much for the characters and ultimately the film. Theyíre shallow. Theyíre jerks. Theyíre addicts. Add those elements together and there just isnít a lot to hold onto. Iíve already thought about opposing viewpoints. If a reader thinks Trainspotting meets The Sixth Sense plus Night of the Living Dead, well, thatís mildly close. It contains zombies of sorts, but not standard issue zombie. These arenít flesh ripping or yearning for brains zombies, though they do suck blood. Minus that expectation, then there better be some damn good characters. Unfortunately, I Pass for Human lacks that element. With Trainspotting, viewers were taken into the depths of heroin hell, but at least they were characters. Characters who felt three-dimensional and had a little something called personality. Now Chris D. isnít advocating drug use by any means, but when they have more creativity than the characters, well, something seriously seems lacking.
I Pass for Human is a low budget film, and Iím not knocking any of the low budget qualities. Overall, the cinematography is good, the acting is enjoyable and engaging, but the story just didnít grab. Low budget or not, minus a story and minus characters who you don't give a damn for leaves little enjoyment. Added to the fact there's little gore and little action, only one word works. Pass.
Video / Audio
Video: 16x9 Letterbox Version
Audio: Stereo. That's all it said.
Audio Commentary: This includes writer/director Chris D. and producer Lynne Margulies and came off interesting with all the reveals of low budget filmmaking.
Deleted Scenes: Three cut scenes, and like most, you know why they're cut. There's a decent bath tub scene however, which might make it worth it.
Le Ciel de Sang: A short five minute film by the director. It's black and white and has more gore than the feature.
For the love of God, donít drink while watching a film about the depths of heroin. Not a good concoction.