There has always been a debate about the nature of human nature. Notorious philosophers like Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau give us two derogatory views. Hobbes believes that humans are selfish hedonists, while Rousseau believed that humans are naturally good and noble savages. While we can all display these two qualities from time to time, there are times when we need to redeem ourselves for the mistakes we have made in our lives.
HellKat, a horror action film produced by Wild Eye Releasing and distributed by Uncork’d Entertainment, gives us an unequal view of bad choices and the hope of salvation.
Katrina “Hellkat” Bash (Sarah T. Cohen), a former MMA champion who decides to take a trip down a road to nowhere to escape the world for a while. When her car breaks down, she accepts an elevator from Jimmy Scott (Ryan Davies). When Katrina and Jimmy have a discussion about religion and personal issues that becomes threatening, Katrina pulls Jimmy’s gun and sticks him right in the face. Katrina escapes to a bar where her road trip turns into a destructive trail with tons of chain smoke and heaps of tequila. The bartender (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 the basement is a ring in which Katrina must fight for her salvation and be reunited with her son.
Director Scott Jeffrey does his best to direct this story, but the film fails in many ways. In one of the opening scenes, there is a major continuity flaw when Katrina’s steering wheel is on the right side of the car when Jimmy picks her up, his steering wheel is on the left. I know this is fussy and roughly a third of the world is right handed steering, but that makes it all the more confusing.
The fight scenes come across as basic, conveying the feel of MMA in the back yard, and digressing directly from any independent wrestling unit in basic moves. The opponents of Katrina and another misguided soul, Grizz (Serhat Metin), were uneven as Grizz takes on 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 brave for the budget.
Sarah T. Cohen is a miscast as Katrina in that she doesn’t look like that and is an MMA fighter, and a champ that made me skeptical. Serbat Metin looks like this, but couldn’t sell me as a fighting force due to the insufficient fight choreography. The shining star should be Ryan Davies. His powerful presence and uninterrupted charisma give us a bad guy we love to hate.
There are several action films with lots of well-choreographed battle scenes. Because of this, I have to tell the audience to do it HellKat a tough pass.
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