From the director of last year’s raving Daniel Isn’t Real comes his feature film debut, a haunting tale that amps up anti-bullying to a dangerous level.
Lincoln Taggert has been bullied for a long time. He feels the abuse of his father at home, but the bullying gets worse at school. One day at lunch, Lincoln finally snaps and unleashes his rage against his tormentor. Getting in trouble, Lincoln is sent to the Mind Eye Academy, a remote school for troubled teens. There, he befriends Isaac and finds himself attracted to Kaitlin. However, the reason why he snapped comes back to haunt him when bad boys Willie and Derek begin to taunt and harass Lincoln.
One fateful day, when the bullying from Willie and Derek is amped up, Lincoln hears a mysterious voice when he hides in the basement. He hears a mysterious voice and he finds himself unleashing the spirit of Moira Karp, a girl who a few years ago was bullied herself and ultimately killed herself when things went too far. She decides to help Lincoln get revenge against his tormentors but what happens when he realizes that there is more to helping Lincoln and she plans something even more sinister?
Ever get tired of being bullied and wished revenge upon those who tormented you? Well, this film actually goes the supernatural route with Adam Egypt Mortimer making his feature film directorial debut and collaborating with screenwriter/author Brian DeLeeuw on a film that not only amps up the insanity of the film but adds some intricate twists in the film that seem to be unexpected but keeps the pacing of the film going until its climax.
The cast really helps drive the film and churn out some amazing performances. Ronen Rubenstein is great as the tormented Lincoln, who has dealt with enough and thinks that there could be a chance for him to go to a remote school only to find himself once again being bullied. The film shows him mainly negative and in shock when he learns what happens to his tormentors. Grace Phipps’ Katilin is the only place of happiness for Lincoln as he finds himself attracted to her as well as Spencer Breslin’s Isaac, who can relate to Lincoln and forges a friendship with him.
However, the film’s breakout comes in Sierra McCormick, who plays the enigmatic ghost Moira Karp, a girl who killed herself years ago and becomes Lincoln’s “angel” in avenging him against the bullies. However, what stands out is that Moira unleashes her rage in a Corsican Brothers-like manner. She does something to herself and the victim feels that same rage. However, a major wrench is thrown in the third act and things go from gory to shocking in such a great way, it just keeps you at the edge of your seat until the finale of the film, which has a sense of predictability but still great nevertheless.
Some Kind of Hate takes anti-bullying to a very dangerous degree and is driven by the performances of its young cast and plenty of gore for the horror film fanatics! Definitely a great feature debut for Adam Egypt Mortimer.
WFG RATING: A-
RLJE Films presents a Revek Entertainment in association with Capital Media Corporation. Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer. Producers: Jack Heller, Amanda Mortimer, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Dallas Sonnier, and Gabriella Revilla. Writers: Adam Egypt Mortimer and Brian DeLeeuw. Cinematography: Benji Bakshi. Editing: Josh Ethier.
Cast: Ronen Rubenstein, Grace Phipps, Sierra McCormick, Michael Polish, Lexi Atkins, Maestro Harrell, Brando Eaton, Spencer Breslin, Audrey Ellis Fox, Noah Segan, Justin Prentice, Andrew Bryniarski.