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The Subjects: A Failed Experiment

 

 

Take eight random individuals. Sign them up for clinical trials involving a mystery drug and lock them in a room for eight hours. The twist? The drug gives the test subjects super powers…deadly super powers. Sounds like a good movie premise, right?

Well, I suppose if done well it could be. As far as The Subjects goes, the “funny” parts fall flat and the horror leans more towards hilarity.

The film opens with a faux commercial touting the testing corporation’s stance as the Future of Science. Not a bad opening in theory, but in practice the sequence was too long, leaving this viewer wondering when the real movie was going to start.

Enter the subjects: Devin, Jenna, Lilly, Giggles, Phil, Corey, Nikki, and John. Here we have an assortment of stereotypes at various ends of the spectrum, sure to conflict with each other. There’s the businessman, the modern-day Valley Girl, the quiet and reserved Asian, the tattooed ex-con, the nobody, the flake, the stuck-up bitch, and the con man. Yes, they should all get along swimmingly.

The argument over whether or not they should all take the pill is as drawn-out as the opening commercial, and twice as contrived. It goes on much longer than it needs to, and the dialogue is stilted and boring. Sure, there are a few moderately amusing quips sprinkled throughout, but I was so distracted by wanting them to get moving already that I couldn’t manage more than a half-hearted chuckle at best.

There were a couple of points, though, that had me caught up in full-blown knee-slapping belly laughter–the first two character deaths, to be exact. However, I think the “gore” was meant to frighten more than entertain.

The blood effects were classic B-horror splashes and spurts, but I will give the special effects team credit for the stunning lighting effects associated with the super powers. It was a little incongruous juxtaposed next to the slasher flick gore, but brilliant nonetheless.

Effort was made to insert drama and tension, but it fell short for me. I didn’t feel a change of pace at all throughout the film and thus it felt as though the entire movie dragged at the same snail’s pace as the in-faux-mercial.

All-in-all, I give it a solid C+. The production values were, for the most part, quite good, and the lighting was superb. They just get bogged down in the rest of it.

 

Written by AJ Mullican

AJ enjoys reading, writing, TV/movies, music, art, and cosplay. She has self-published poetry, short stories, and a novel. She is currently penning her second and third novels.

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