Hate Crime (Movie review)

We all know the story… masked intruders break into a home and torture an innocent family…and that is it! There is the entire story behind the James Cullen Bressack directed film Hate Crime. This is not a tale of vengeance or a family coming together to beat any malicious forces; it is strictly the story of some racist, drug addicted losers who rape, torture and humiliate a family. This movie is not for the faint of heart or stomach.

Still from "Hate Crime"
Still from “Hate Crime”

It all begins with a father videotaping his son’s family birthday party when the three masked men break into the house and the savagery begins. Writer/Director Bressack gives the audience no time to get comfortable watching the film before he revs up the high octane, low budget death and torture scenes. By using this tactic, Bressack misses the opportunity to create an emotional or, for that matter, any kind of connection between the audience and the film’s characters. While Hate Crime’s primary goal is obviously to spark some pang of anger with its viewers, the lack of sentimental association to the characters can easily leave audiences frustrated and disconnected.

Hate Crime has plenty of grotesque kill scenes to go around. Most movies with this much disturbing content rely on a balanced diet of scares, suspense and gore. Hate Crime does not really use any of those ingredients. Instead, shock value will keep viewers from immediately turning the movie off. The majority of the film will keep audiences angry, exasperated and sickened; partially because of the depravity that the family endures and partially because of the offensively bad acting and special effects. The editing of the film is just as low grade as the cinematography. Too much time is spent on some really dimwitted scenes while some of the really gut-wrenching, impact-inducing scenes are simply breezed by, disallowing viewers the chamce to empathize with the story. When real life statistics about hate crimes around the world are shown on screen, the director tries to sloppily slap a moral on the story but unfortunately, is a little too late.

Still from "Hate Crime"
Still from “Hate Crime”

Hate Crime is a gritty, filthy film that will leave viewers feeling the same way. Audiences looking for unsettling images and are not at all concerned about quality, then this is the film may strike their interest.  CrypticRock give this film 2 out of 5 stars.


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