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Natural Selection 2016 123movies

Natural Selection 2016 123movies

At our darkest time, a moment will come that will define who we are.Aug. 26, 2016100 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Tyler Evans, a high school senior, is having a hard time adjusting as the new kid in class. With an absentee, alcoholic, single mother and no father in the picture, life at home isn’t going so well either. Tyler makes a new friend, Indrid, who has a dark and sinister side.
Plot: Tyler is a young man who is desperately seeking direction from a world that seems to have abandoned him. Searching for answers he looks to his new friend Indrid who appears to have it all figured out.
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Natural Selection 2016 123movies 1 Natural Selection 2016 123movies 25.1/10 Votes: 2,211
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And by the way, I don’t even like candy cakes! **SLAM**
Natural Selection isn’t a good movie, but it IS entertaining. Another review related it to a Hallmark movie channel special, and the comparison is apt. Though a few curses are sprinkled throughout and the subject matter has the potential to be darker and grim, it is actually extremely tame.

Our protagonist, Tyler, who I will henceforth refer to as Mr. Vanilla, is the new kid at a school full of more-annoying-than-usual-teenagers and a security force comprising of only Anthony Michael Hall (who, unsurprisingly, is by far the best actor here and actually gives a believable solid performance). Mr. Vanilla inexplicably befriends his polar opposite, a little stinker whose parents clearly don’t love him because they named him Indrid. While their friendship begins over Indrid saving Mr. Vanilla from some (foot)balls in the face (not kidding, they even refer to it as this in the movie), their connection is absolutely baffling. Mr. Vanilla is a bland drone who has some redeeming but painfully by-the-book “heroic” qualities. Contrarily, Indrid is bursting with personality. He’s a beguiling character, always starting shenanigans, giving delightfully over-dramatic speeches about natural selection, and causing chaos in an otherwise bland movie. This made him by far my favorite character of the film. With the exception of one scene where Indrid is confrontational with Mr. Vanilla’s mother for literally NO reason the first time they meet, his qualms with his peers are understandable and relatable for anyone who has ever lived through childhood, and the viewer begins hoping that Indrid pulls through while these other terrible kids get their comeuppance.

…Which clearly should NOT be the movie’s intent, considering Indrid is the *potential* school shooter. Somehow, this movie breathed so much life into its antagonist while making every other character either bland or downright despicable that I rooted for the very person it wanted me to pity and dislike.

Natural Selection also wastes too much time sneaking a teen romance in the mix between Mr. Vanilla and Paige (AKA Little Miss Perfect, or LMP). There was little reason for this to be in the film other than to pad the run-time (director Scheifele already directed a short film by the same name in 2009, seven years before this released, so it’s possible he searched for new subplots to throw in the mix). Indrid does have issues with LMP and sabotages the budding relationship every chance he gets (to which I cheered), but otherwise her contribution was minimal.

Natural Selection also suffers from some issues that many films with a lower budget suffer from. Namely sound issues (odd levels of focus between foreground and background sound during outdoor scenes, and I swore Mr. Vanilla’s mother’s sigh in one early scene was recorded and repeated four times in a row), odd music choices, cringy dialogue, and bad acting. Mr. Vanilla’s mother was sometimes painful to watch. Mr. Vanilla himself wasn’t very good, but I could see he gave a solid effort. Ryan Munzert (Indrid) looked like he was having fun and was charismatic and cynical enough to be an absolute blast to watch, but not once did I feel he was dangerous despite all the film’s foreshadowing. At best, he seemed like a little stinker, but that’s what made this film entertaining enough to finish. Lastly, the ending was an absolute non-ending. It was actually so bad that I remember coming across it within the last few years as a separate clip on YouTube and being absolutely underwhelmed even without seeing the movie. Well, now I have, and the ending’s still bad. It’s just there to supply a quick mandatory resolution and give everyone a quick happy ending (except for Little Stinker, unfortunately).

Oh…last thing. There was this really weird Christian tilt throughout the film that made me wonder if this movie was originally intended to be marketed to Christian-only audiences. Multiple times throughout the film Indrid talks about the Christian God almost as if he’s angry at a deity he doesn’t appear to believe in (which doesn’t realistically mesh with how most atheists and/or agnostics arrive to their conclusions). There’s also a Christian program with a preacher that apparently everyone watches; Indrid is shown watching and mocking it at one point, while its message is on in the background when Mr. Vanilla is preparing for a heroic moment, which felt like proselytizing with convenient timing. I’m not completely sure this was intended to beat the viewer over the head, but it was definitely noticeable.

Overall, I don’t regret my time with Natural Selection. It entertained me, but not in the way I expected. Is it so-bad-it’s-good? Meh. Kind of. I wouldn’t recommend this over classics like The Room or Birdemic, but it certainly never bored me.

Review By: fewald139 Rating: 4 Date: 2019-09-19
Not great…not horrible
Natural Selection could have been a really good movie. I felt the beginning of the film was engaging and interesting. A teenage boy named Tyler moves with his mom to a new town for a fresh start. They are both adjusting to a horrible trauma that left his mom an alcoholic and the teen as her caretaker. He is the new kid at school and goes through the usual angst of meeting new people and trying to fit in. A boy befriends him and takes him under his wing; however, it becomes clear that this new friend has a sinister side. The groundwork is laid for what you know is going to be a conflict between good and evil.

And then the film begins to wander. There is a lot of symbolism meant to foreshadow what is going to happen. It almost feels like the writers stopped developing the characters and instead tried to make puzzle pieces of the plot fit the story. I would rather have had some more insight into what made the characters tick, especially the sinister Indrid. It’s almost like they took each character to a certain point, then stopped.

One of those puzzle pieces that made no sense was a school resource officer. The kids treated him like the bad guy in the mask that was revealed at the end of Scoobie Doo cartoons. He had a secret that was a mystery. When it was revealed, it was a bit of a let down. Again, it was another extra side story meant to fit the narrative. Interestingly, the officer was played by Anthony Michael Hall, the only actor I was familiar with in the movie. The character wasn’t necessary to the plot of the film and I was scratching my head as to why that character was even a part of the story.

The movie ends with the predicted, dark climax that we all know is coming. It gets a bit saccharine because everyone shows up in the final scene, including Tyler’s mom, and they tie the ending into a neat little bow.

For 2016, there were some things that were unbelievable in the movie. In the many scenes with high school students, I didn’t see one kid with a cell phone, texting or talking. But the characters sure carried around a lot of notes on little pieces of paper. The dialogue didn’t sound like teenagers, either.

This movie started out with a lot of promise, but it lost its way and ended with a whimper. I don’t recommend watching the film, but if you have nothing else to do, it will capture your attention for a little while.

Review By: morticia64 Rating: 5 Date: 2021-12-02

Other Information:

Original Title Natural Selection
Release Date 2016-08-26
Release Year 2016

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 41 min (101 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated N/A
Genre Drama
Director Chad L. Scheifele
Writer Chad L. Scheifele
Actors Mason Dye, Ryan Munzert, Anthony Michael Hall
Country United States
Awards 1 win
Production Company N/A
Website N/A


Technical Information:

Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio N/A
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Laboratory N/A
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A

Original title Natural Selection
TMDb Rating 5.3 110 votes

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