There is something about a film that deals with the desire to redeem one’s self, that really appeals to me. I find it enthralling to sit through a character’s journey to right what was wronged, and the personal discoveries that they must go through to succeed in that. Eron Sheean’s ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY deals with those themes, and makes us as viewers ask, “What is the cost of progress?”
ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY follows Dr. Geoff Burton (played amazingly by THE DIVIDE and THE CALL‘s Michael Eklund), a geneticist who is completely consumed by the regret of having not been able to save his infant son from a rare disease that took the child’s life. After being kicked out of his previous teaching job, Burton is forced to relocate to a school and research facility in Germany, where he helps a former colleague and flame research some potentially large and groundbreaking cancer developments.
What Burton soon discovers, is that nothing is what it seems with his colleagues, and upon discovering that one of them has not only maybe stolen most of his research from someone else, but has also infected mice with a form of cancer in order to help discover a possible cure, he’s soon accidentally infected with the disease himself. What follows is a very well executed descent into madness, full of hallucinations and eventually a series of body changes, mutating him into something not too very far from a deformed shell of who he was. With the clock ticking, and unable to trust anyone but himself, Burton must race to figure out what happened to him, before his time is up.
It’s a very enthralling film, full of twists and in my opinion, one of the most impressively shot films in a while. Sheehan’s a talented director, no doubt about that, his choice to have the film take its time to establish the madness is a great touch, and he creates a mood and atmosphere that draws you deeply into the horrors that Burton must face.
It’s also a film that is full of beautiful imagery, and boasts a very memorable performance by Eklund. Having already proven himself as a talented character actor in Xavier Gens’ THE DIVIDE, Eklund makes it impossible to take your eyes off of the screen, even when the virus has infected him and slowly turns him into a mutated mess. It’s no surprise that Eklund has been getting attention in the recent Brad Anderson thriller, THE CALL, as he definitely elevates this film to what it is: an intense, yet subtle look at the dangers of playing god, and how far people will go to be at the forefront of a discovery. It’s a very Cronenberg-esque film, but gives that feeling without ever steering into knock off territory, instead standing firmly on its own.
ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY is a somber yet completely entertaining ride, full of dark imagery, subtle yet intense performances and it’s a film that leaves you feeling like you went through a journey with Eklund’s character. It’s also a film that stays with you, leaving you almost heartbroken and anxious to talk about the film’s ending long after it’s over.
ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY opens in select theaters, VOD and digital download on April 19th via IFC FILMS.