Movie Review - Hate Crime

Movie Review - Hate Crime

James Cullen Bressack’s Hate Crime is the absolute epitome of extreme film making.  This is a found footage film not for the weak of heart.  This film literally starts with a child being shot in the face and never slows its' roll from there.  The thing I love about this film is that it doesn't slow down or shy away from any of the violence, putting the anger on screen in your face.  I had a group of people walk into my room while I was watching this movie and look at me as if I was a sick human being, and I had to say, “It's just a movie.”  This is extreme filmmaking with a loaded barrel.

The film is about exactly what its titled, a hate crime.  A jewish family goes to Big Bear for the weekend to celebrate their sons birthday and have a nice trip together even though the mother and father are obviously going through some turmoil.  Once the family starts singing happy birthday to their now 6 year old son, a group of three neo nazis in masks comes in ready to ruin this family’s trip and display a big serving of sadism along the way.  The nazi’s, slyly named ‘One’,’Two’ and ‘Three’, all start losing their minds as they rape, torture and violently mess with this family who has done nothing but was born into, in their opinion, the wrong faith.  This continues for the entire movie, causing the viewer at a certain point to just lose hope for the family.

This film shines a light on the darker side of human nature, and how people can turn into not just animals, but beasts.  The acting in the film by the neo nazis is stupendous, especially my favorite character in the film ‘3’ played by Ian Roberts.  Ian Roberts gives a stand out performance in this, losing his mind and going crazy on a drug violence binge.  At a certain point in the film I actually felt bad for ‘Three’ and forgot he was an actor because of his bleak portrayal of the character and the sadness behind this meth addicted masochist.  Jody Barton as ‘One’ is a huge success as the nazi you aren't sure is completely bad, but at the same time, you know he is complete evil.  He gets in this void between horrible and sad, making his character more complicated and realistic than the violence in the film and this is truly what made the film so dark.  Honestly I don't recommend this movie unless you are ready for a bludgeoning to your senses with a big dose of violence and sadness.  If you are looking for the next extreme film, then here you go but if these kind of films turn you off, don't even try.  You'll get about 5 minutes in before you realize you made a mistake, but once the film starts, it never lets go so ready yourselves for the wild ride that is James Cullen Bressack’s Hate Crime.

- Jarrett Furst

Jarrett Furst is a director, writer and producer who has loved films ever since he was young. He recently graduated from California Institute of the Arts and has been working in the film community since. Some of his favorite movies are Evil Dead (1981), Hellraiser (1987), and Oldboy (2003).