Lovers of Hate – Review

Posted January 27, 2010 in
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Lovers of Hate

Sundance Film Festival

Director: Bryan Poyser

Sibling rivalry can rip a family apart. Just ask aspiring author Rudy (Chris Doubek).  Currently living in his car after his wife, Diana (Heather Kafka), threw him out, Rudy is frequently reminded of his brother Paul’s (Alex Karpovsky) fame and the empire he built from children’s fantasy novels. When Paul mentions a secluded mansion in Park City, Utah that provides an ideal environment for writing, the down and out slacker decides to make a surprise trip to the Beehive state, but soon discovers his successful brother has attempted to rekindle his affection with an old flame, Diana. Writer-director Bryan Poyser helms his second feature film that unsteadily walks a tightrope of comedy and thriller, revealing a perplexing final product. None of the characters present any type characteristic worthy of empathy or redemption, so an investment in their ongoing actions is unlikely. The relentless sensation of anxiety fantastically builds as Rudy covertly sneaks around the darkened hallways spying on the two deceivers, but his unbalanced actions and random lines of immature dialogue retracts the story’s overall effectiveness. As an accomplished short films director, Poyser may have had more success with this project with a condensed adaptation to avoid the segments that drag.

Jimmy Martin


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Screening Times:

January 24, 2010 – 5:15pm – Racquet Club

January 26, 2010 – 2:30pm – Library Center Theatre

January 27, 2010 – 10:30pm – Broadway Centre Cinemas IV

January 28, 2010 – 12:15pm – Eccles Theatre

January 30, 2010 – 8:30am – Library Center Theatre