The movie starts with the ending scene of the first film in black and white. I instantly associated it with a flashback and thought that the film will be a continuation of the first film. We are being reminded as to how the movie ended and we are going to be shown what happens next. WRONG! The credits roll and the screen pulls back to show our main character, Martin, watching the movie on his laptop. What the... the film just referenced the first part! This is not going to be a conventional sequel.
|Hi. I'm Martin. I'll be your surgeon today.|
The Human Centipede 2 is a film of few words. Martin does not utter a single word in this film. He quietly sobs, he shows anger, he shows excitement, but never once does he express himself with words. Even through moments of chaos, his silence is deafening. And soon after I noticed that words were not being spoken, it dawned on me that this film was going to rely heavily on imagery and sounds. And it was definitely effective. Take the main character for example. Martin himself is a weird looking dude. He's a heavy set guy with huge buggy eyes and there just seems to be something off with his appearance. Seeing him onscreen just made you feel uneasy. As for sounds, there are constant sounds off in the distance. Ticking, banging, fizzing lights. It's almost as if you're hearing things. The color and sounds is a character in this film in their own right.
|Whoa... when you said I was going to be part of a |
conga line, this is NOT what I had in mind.
What the... Was it all a dream? I'm inclined to say yes. Studies show that the majority of people dream in black and white and Martin has been victimized by society and by his parents. Was this film a vision from Martin's brain? Did we just see how he would become embolden and empower himself to do what he wants without any repercussions? It makes a lot of sense. Martin works as a parking lot employee. There are many security cameras and Martin sure doesn't shy away from them. After the first few victims, I would assume that someone would be looking for them, that someone would track them down to the lot where Martin worked, and that someone would bother looking at the security tape! But it didn't happen. If this theory is correct, wow. Simply wow. The ending is so ambiguous that you have no sense of whether or not was you saw actually happened. Personally, I don't think they did. Either way, The Human Centipede 2 is an interesting look into a man who takes his obsession way too far. Later!