Review: Hell (2011)

Review: Hell (2011)

A German apocalyptic disaster film that is nice to look at, but devoid of much story.

Welcome to a future where the planet Earth has fallen victim to a rash of unusually powerful solar flares.  Such is the setting of the movie Hell.  The world is hot and people must try to avoid the sun as much as possible or risk getting one hell of a sunburn.  They spend most of their time looking for water and food and trying to survive among their fellow men.

The story follows a group of three survivors as they seek shelter on higher ground in hopes that there may be water.  After enlisting the aid of a fourth, the group gets waylaid by some bad guys on the road.  One of the girls gets captured and the rest must help her out.  After one failed attempt to free her, the group ends up losing another of their number to the baddies and another ends up with a busted ankle.  It’s up to the remaining woman to figure a way to set things right.

She sets out to find the bad guy camp and instead finds a village.  As it turns out, the village is a community of cannibals and they plan on eating the male captive and using the female as breeding material.  After getting captured, the main lady sets out to rescue the others.  Numerous conflicts ensue, people are killed and eaten and the movie ends pretty much as it began - a group trying to get to higher ground to find water.

The only real horror aspect of this film is the time spent in the cannibal village.  People are slaughtered and cooked up, but it’s all very low-key.  And while the stylistic shooting of the film was interesting to look at and the actors did good jobs in the roles they had, the overall film was bland.  There was almost no character development, but I expected that.  What annoyed me was the fact that the entire hour-and-thirty-minutes played out like an episode of a longer series.  I started out intrigued and slowly drifted away as the movie met its conclusion.

Check it out for the cinematography, but don’t expect much more than that.  It’s basically an okay film that someone could easily remake as a pretty decent one.