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Hate Crime

USA 2012
produced by
James Cullen Bressack, Jarret Cohen for Psykik Junky Pictures
directed by James Cullen Bressack
starring Jody Barton, Nicholas Clark, Greg DePetro, Debbie Diesel, Tim Moran, Ian Roberts, Sloane Morgan Siegel, Maggie Wagner
written by James Cullen Bressack, Jarret Cohen

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Three masked men force their way into the home of a middle class family to - have some violent fun.

 

... and that's pretty much as much as I'm entitled to give away of the film's plot as per agreement.

But what I can say: Hate Crime is a pretty powerful film, intense in its rawness and its insistence on doing (almost) all in one single take - but what often seems a useless gimmick employed by an overconfident filmmaker does actually have a narrative reason here. Furthermore, while everything looks intentionally chaotic on screen (to mirror the chaotic on-screen goings-on of course), everything seems carefully planned as director James Cullen Bressack knows how to keep his camera on the action and tell his story.

Stistically and on a story level, the film is of course reminiscent of grindhouse home invasion classics like Last House on the Left and House at the Edge of the Park, with its outbursts of extreme violence and its relentlessness when it comes to putting its protagonists through all sorts of torture - even if the ending of Hate Crime veers off the beaten track of your typical home invasion film and actually tries to make a point.

As powerful as it is though, Hate Crime is not without its flaws, the intensity of the situation and the (narrative) insistance to telling this story in real time leaves the characters very little room to develop, plus the fact that most of the dialogue is shouted and screamed (again, a narrative necessity) does get on one's nerves after a while (more than the on-screen violence, actually).

That said, the whole ensemble cast is pretty good, and you certainly can't blame the film for not being intense enough, quite the contrary - so yeah, gorehounds and grindhouse fans as well as filmfans with more refined tastes who appreciate the film as an experiment will find plenty to love in this film.

Recommended, actually - but nor for the faint-hearted.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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