Hate Crime is a film from TriCoast Studios that will be released digitally on September 24, 2019. It is directed by Steven Esteb and focuses around a husband and wife after their son is set for execution for murdering his gay friend. They each have to deal with the regrets and fears that they have and own up to their role in this traumatic event. During that time they also meet the father of the boy that their son killed. It is a very emotional film that offers a story that happens quite often, but tells it from the perspective of the parents. The film also offers deep insights into the many controversies surrounding homosexuality.
The huge positive aspect of this movie is the cast. The film features John Schneider, Amy Redford, Laura Cayouette, and Kevin Bernhardt. These actors and actresses all delivered incredible performances. Throughout the movie there is yelling, crying, and a lot of heartfelt scenes. All of them were incredibly realistic as the cast was phenomenal. There was never a moment in the film where I was disappointed in the acting and that is a key element in a very emotional movie like this.
Another great thing about Hate Crime is the significance of the story that it tells. While it mainly focuses on two parents, it also heavily addresses the many social stigmas of homosexuality. It deals with a father who couldn’t accept his son’s homosexuality which I think is a topic that can relate with a lot of people. I think that this story is very important during our current age where people are becoming more comfortable with their sexuality. This movie deals with that situation and gives off the message that as parents you need to be able to accept who your child is so that they aren’t afraid to tell you. The film is also shot beautifully as there are several scenes where the shot lingers on to emphasize the moment and importance.
The only mixed aspect of the movie was the pacing. There were certain sequences that became a little boring as the parents were just talking for about 5 straight minutes. These scenes probably could have been cut down some, but in the end it wasn’t that big of a deal.
The major negative aspect of this film to me was the beginning. After the opening scene we are then immediately sent to a husband and wife who end up talking for about the first 15 minutes of the runtime. I didn’t know who they were the parent of for a decent amount of time until I finally caught on. This could annoy some people as we see them talking, but really have no context as to who they are talking about.
In the end, Hate Crime was a very well-made movie that kept me intrigued throughout. The cast definitely carried the show as they delivered very inspiring and emotional performances. I believe that this is a very important film to see as it connects very closely to our current time. Therefore, I would definitely recommend that you check Hate Crime out when it comes out digitally on September 24.
Rating- 8.5 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness.
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