Inhumanity (Second Opinion)

Kills Your Patience, In A Good Way

by Liselotte Vanophem

When you have one murder on your hands as a police officer, you might think it's an accident.

14th August 2018

Joe McReynolds

Joe McReynolds


When you have one murder on your hands as a police officer, you might think it’s an accident.

When you have a second, a voice in your head should start whispering that there might be something else going on and when a third body is found in the same way as the other two, you know you’re going to have to deal with a serial killer.

What are you when you find five bodies and the amount is still counting? Well, you’re in big trouble.

With this idea in his mind, director Joe McReynolds (“The Vern: A One Hit Wonder Story”) created his newest feature Inhumanity, a movie that might not be for everyone’s taste but, if you’re into the works of the likes of the Coens and Tarantino, then you probably will put Inhumanity on your watchlist.

Texas is as busy as always. At first sight, nothing special going on. However, take a closer and you’ll see the streets of Texas turning red. A serial killer is wandering through the streets targeting women who are living life to the fullest.

Five have already sadly lost their time here on earth. On his way to get to his next and sixth victim, Six Pack Sam, Leviticus Wolfe, as the detectives like to call him, is caught in the heat of the moment. Not by the official police but by mysterious agents of the government.

She might not be dead, but laying in a coma for three months isn’t doing Jessa Dixon, Darcel Danielle (“2 Years Of Love”, “Waco (TV)”), any good. It gets even worse when, after waking up, she hears that her father committed suicide since Six Pack Sam is still on the loose for the police.

Still in shock after escaping death while being on the run from the world’s press who want to put her story in the tabloids, Jessa is doing everything she can to find out what happened to Six Pack Sam, to revenge her father’s death. Will she find the answers she’s looking for or will she bump into those secretive agents send by the regime?

Inhumanity starts incredibly promising. Chilling music, crime-scenes pictures from the unfortunate women who lost their lives and powerful headlines in every newspaper and magazine out for sensation.

Those positive expectations grow even more thanks to the action-packed first scenes. Guns and bullets fly over the screen and no fight is too difficult to fight.

However, it doesn’t take long before the power and the tempo is slipping away in Inhumanity due to which the film gets a slow pace.

More is based on conversations than on action, but that doesn’t mean that the movie is all dull and boring. We desperately want to know what happens in the darkroom of those secret agents. Bad might be good and good might be bad.

While the film is about a male serial killer, the women of Inhumanity are worth killing for, especially because of their acting performances. On one hand we have Danielle playing Jessa, the insecure, afraid and careful young lady who’s dedicating the rest of her life (for how long she still has one) solving the suicide (or was it murder?) from her father.

While on the other hand we see Diana Rose (“My Heart”, “Why We Fight”) as Dr. Campbell, working with those mysterious agents, who will turn Six Pack Sam into another monster.

Wolfe, of whom Inhumanity was his first movie, embraces the meaning of his last name to the fullest as the notorious killer while Regina Ting Chen (“Frackers”, “Dreamsville”) portrays Anna, Danielle’s best friend who’s supporting her in every way possible.

During the film, it becomes clear that Inhumanity is only the second film from McReynolds. There’s a lot of action and stunts (especially at the beginning) but sadly they just miss the final touch to convince us of their power and intensity. One well-placed punch would have lifted the scenes to a higher level.

You have Danielle (and her friends and family), the police, the secrets agents, the shadowy doctor, the paparazzi and so many other characters that sometimes the story becomes too confusing, or is it multi-layered? That’s a possibility as well.

Less fighting. More talking. That’s how you can describe the development of Inhumanity. Because of that, the slow pace of the movie makes it feels like the film lasts longer than 10 hours.

However, that might not be a bad thing. Especially because this movie is a must-see film for every film lover with a big interest for the non-conventional, in the style of Tarantino or the Coen brothers.


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