Interesting film set against a backdrop of secrets in a desert compound for troubled teens - their last chance before facing jail for their violent actions. The blu-ray of ‘Some Kind of Hate’ is not really up to usual blu-ray standards but this seems to be problems with the way the film was originally shot. I understand that the night scenes are just that - shot at night. But many of these scenes seem to be LITERALLY ‘shot in the dark’. At times its nearly impossible to see what’s going on. That’s fine for the scare elements but gets annoying when it comes to plot points. Likewise is the dialogue in the movie - it has to be some of the most poorly-recorded sound of any film I’ve seen! This fact is not helped by the fact that the lead actor delivers most of his lines in a word-class mumble. I get he’s the ‘angry young man’ type but come on! My hearing is excellent yet I had to really crank the volume on this disc (which is unfortunate when the film suddenly explodes with sound!)
The film is edited rather arbitrarily, with sudden cuts which give the movie an overall jerky feel. There are some deleted scenes included as bonus content, but it seems like a whole lot more was cut from the final edit. It’s clear that the protagonist has a bad relationship with his father but we see little of it; and later on he explains it to Kaitlyn with a couple of throw-away lines. But it seems too little, too much of an afterthought. It seems as if the beginning was rushed and compressed to get him into the camp and into the main story as quick as possible. The other characters suffer for this too; we get no real information on these people or their back stories, which makes us care very little about them.
As for the actors they do seem into their roles. Ronen Rubinstein as Lincoln does a good job as a young man who was pushed beyond his limit into an explosive moment which landed him here. Grace Phipps shines (as Kaitlyn), but as I said her character like the others seems only sketched in. There are obviously many levels to her character but we don’t get to explore them much in the fast-paced editing. Sierra McCormick is delightfully twisted as the vengeful Moira (like Creepy Connie gone REALLY over the edge!) The way she kills is also unique, and gives this film a bit of a boost.
The ending was interesting, setting up a possible sequel that, since this was made back in 2015, probably won’t happen.
Overall, this is an decent film, although seemingly put together in a hurry with little money. The effects are decent, the cast interesting to watch. I didn’t hate ‘Some Kind of Hate’, just don’t expect anything epic or life changing from it.