I would first like to make a statement about the film. Don’t believe the hype. I would also like to mention where I, a reviewer, am coming from. I have watched and enjoyed such films as: Irreversible (2002), Cannibal Holocaust (1980), Antichrist (2009) and Martyrs (2008); with this said let us commence with the review.
The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence (2011) is a meta-sequel to The Human Centipede: The First Sequence (2010). The main character is obsessed with the first Human Centipede film. He is so obsessed with the film he beings collecting people, to re-create it. The main character works as a night shift watch-man, at a parking garage. He even is able to dupe one of the actresses from the first film, for his human centipede.
This film is much more graphic from the, boring, first film. There is a difference between the rated and unrated version of this film. There is about 6 minutes cut in the rated version. This graphicness maybe the only thing going for the film, as compared to the first one. In the first film the characters just sit there and wait for their doom, even when one tries to get away one realizes this is futile because one already knows how the film is going to end. In this film, the character collects the people, in all its brutality and the brutality of the creation, of the human centipede. This is the structure of the film collection then creation and this does not add up or build into anything more than that.
The director, Tom Six, seems to have a big ego but no skill to back it up. The camera work is, least to say, shoddy. The camera does not help tell the story but just shows the action as it goes on. The story has no sort of build, tension, or progression. The only thing that worked for the first film was the ending. The ending of the first film could have had some significance, if the rest of the film was better built, with that ending in mind.
The film ends where it began, the main character having finished watching the first film on his computer, begins to fantasize about his own creation. All that has just been witnessed never actually happened. This fantasy explains the illogical and absurdness of much of the film.
With the film being a dream what does this leave us with? Does this give us more insight into the character like the ending to American Psycho (2000)? To state the obvious no, unlike American Psycho the fantasy in the Human Centipede II does not give us better insight of the character. In American Psycho the insight of his fantasy tells us how pathetic Patrick Bateman is. His fantasy reveals his inability to escape his existence and this inability is the real nightmare. As for The Human Centipede II the main character will either act on his fantasy or just keep going on with his life being pleased with his fantasy.
This film goes nowhere. If you were traumatized by the first film do not watch the second one. If you were bored or disappointed by the first film don’t expect much improvement on this film. I was hoping The Human Centipede II was going to be a commentary on obsession with violence in movies, and if it is, it does a terrifically horrible job at its criticism of society.