The Humanity Bureau opens on a cold, oppressive, monolithic cityscape reminiscent of Dredd or Escape from New York. This place — a walled refugee stronghold known as New Eden — is the last hope of an American population whose apathy toward reckless industrial corruption and selfish political gamesmanship has caused widespread famine and disease. The once-great USA has been reduced to a few scattered settlements like this one, a kind of cosmic punishment for our hubris and headstrong bullying of the rest of the world. Though tired and desperate, the citizens of New Eden hold firmly to the belief that a great American rebirth is within their grasp; they need only uncover the unbridled potential lying dormant in the souls of their children. They need only light a spark, a small whisper of hope that will give way to a defiant cry toward the very heavens that abandoned them so long ago.
Sin City. However, since we at Redboxing are not here to dunk on bad special effects, let’s follow Cage’s Agent Noah Kross beyond the desert to his final destination, a motel room occupied by a character I’m going to call Crazy Eyes. As an agent in the Humanity Bureau, it’s Kross’ job to interview Crazy Eyes and determine his Productivity Rating. If the number is high enough, he’ll be allowed to stay on his property. If not, he’ll be deported to New Eden — which, as it turns out, is less Humanity’s Last Hope and more A Bad Place for Bad People That Might Not Even Exist (think “the colonies” from The Handmaid’s Tale). Crazy Eyes — a flag-waving, MAGA-minded patriot — refuses to come quietly, forcing Kross to end him.
So it goes. Though Kross is a top agent, his partner (and superior?) Adam Westinghouse (Hugh Dillon) is sensing a decline in his resolve. His fears are confirmed when Kross gives the enigmatic Rachel Weller and her son, Lucas (Sarah Lind and Jakob Davies) a seemingly unwarranted deferral on their inevitable deportation. When Westinghouse intervenes, Kross abandons his post and shuttles the pair north in hopes of settling his new family in the lakeside paradise of his youth. Desperate to understand his friend’s actions, Westinghouse (now awesomely eye-patched after an encounter with Lucas’ BB gun) discovers that a government mole named Ravetch (David Lovgren) has shown Kross the secret truth about New Eden and that Rachel may not be the person she claims to be. Meanwhile, Kross and Co. brave starvation, killer robot drones, and radioactive mountain men on their way to freedom beyond the border.