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Homo Sapiens (2016)

Homo sapiens (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 19 October 2016 (France)
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Homo Sapiens shows stunning images of forgotten places, buildings we constructed and then left.

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Nikolaus Geyrhalter (concept)
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The images could be taken from a science fiction film set on planet Earth after it's become uninhabitable. Abandoned buildings - housing estates, shops, cinemas, hospitals, offices, schools, a library, amusement parks and prisons. Places and areas being reclaimed by nature, such as a moss-covered bar with ferns growing between the stools, a still stocked soft drinks machine now covered with vegetation, an overgrown rubbish dump, or tanks in the forest. Tall grass sprouts from cracks in the asphalt. Birds circle in the dome of a decommissioned reactor, a gust of wind makes window blinds clatter or scraps of paper float around, the noise of the rain: sounds entirely without words, plenty of room for contemplation. All these locations carry the traces of erstwhile human existence and bear witness to a civilisation that brought forth architecture, art, the entertainment industry, technologies, ideologies, wars and environmental disasters. Written by AnonymousB

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One scene was shot in former swimming pool "tropicana" , Rotterdam NL. See more »

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A 90 Minute Screen Saver
12 January 2017 | by arfdawg-1See all my reviews

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The images could be taken from a science fiction film set on planet Earth after it's become uninhabitable.

Abandoned buildings - housing estates, shops, cinemas, hospitals, offices, schools, a library, amusement parks and prisons.

Places and areas being reclaimed by nature, such as a moss-covered bar with ferns growing between the stools, a still stocked soft drinks machine now covered with vegetation, an overgrown rubbish dump, or tanks in the forest.

Tall grass sprouts from cracks in the asphalt. Birds circle in the dome of a decommissioned reactor, a gust of wind makes window blinds clatter or scraps of paper float around, the noise of the rain: sounds entirely without words, plenty of room for contemplation. All these locations carry the traces of erstwhile human existence and bear witness to a civilization that brought forth architecture, art, the entertainment industry, technologies, ideologies, wars and environmental disasters.

Interesting concept that is poorly executed. There is no identification or context for any of the images. So you have no idea what you are looking at or why it may have been abandoned.

A good amount of signage is Asian. Is this China? Why is a McDonald's abandoned? Why is a variety store still filled with goods and not ransacked?

Is this parts of Japan that had to be evacuated after the nuke melt down? There isn't one title to help you ID anything.

Why is it always raining? That's the most annoying part. Every shot is in the rain and it wears on you.

This could have been interesting with the proper commentary and context. As it is, you get nothing more than a 90 minute screen saver.


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