There has always been a debate about the essence of human nature. Notorious philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau give us two belittling views. Hobbes believes that people are selfish hedonists, while Rousseau believed that people naturally wanted to be good and noble. While we can all show off both traits from time to time, there are times when we need to save ourselves from the mistakes we’ve made in our lives.
HellKat, a horror action film produced by Wild Eye Releasing and distributed by Uncork’d Entertainment, gives us an uneven view of bad choices and the hope of redemption.
Katrina “Hellkat” Bash (Sarah T. Cohen), a former MMA champion who decides to take a field trip to nowhere in an attempt to escape the world for a while. When her car breaks down, she accepts a ride from Jimmy Scott (Ryan Davies). When Katrina and Jimmy engage in a discussion about religion and personal issues becoming menacing, Katrina pulls Jimmy’s gun and stabs him straight in the face. Katrina escapes into a bar where her road trip turns into a path of destruction with tons of chain smoking and heaps of tequila. The Barkeep (Adrian Bouchet) asks Katrina about her mysterious scar on her neck. With Katrina’s unknown scar, Jimmy’s return and the mysterious-looking basement, Katrina realizes that this bar is something much more sinister and that the basement is a wrestling ring where Katrina must fight for her redemption and to be reunited with her son.
Director Scott Jeffrey does his best to guide this story, but the movie fails in many ways. In one of the opening scenes, there is a major continuity error when Katrina’s steering wheel is on the right side of the car when Jimmy picks her up, his steering wheel on the left. I know this is nitpicking and about a third of the world owns right-handed steering, but this makes it all the more confusing.
The fight scenes come across as basic, giving the feel of backyard MMA, and straying into basic moves straight from an independent wrestling entity. Katrina’s opponents and another misguided soul Grizz (Serhat Metin) were uneven when Grizz pits against two different opponents while Katrina fights the same recycled opponent twice. Why she doesn’t fight another opponent is a mystery. While the story has some intrigue, it may have been too risky for the budget.
Sarah T. Cohen is misplaced as Katrina because she doesn’t look like that and because she’s an MMA fighter, and a champion at that, I painted skeptical. While Serbat Metin looks good, but because of the inadequate fight choreography, he couldn’t sell me as a boxing force. The shining star should be Ryan Davies. His powerful presence and non-stop charisma gives us a villain we love to hate.
There are several action movies with lots of well-choreographed fight scenes. That’s why I have to tell viewers to create HellKat a hard pass.
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