Buried Secrets are Exhumed in Twisted Drama of ‘The Automatic Hate’

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Family isn’t merely a collection of people who share the same genes that embarrass you when you’re young and infuriate you on holidays as you grow older. It’s a unit comprised of relationships that span generations. However, not all of these relationships are built on a solid foundation. Sometimes squabbles last for decades, tearing apart bonds forged with blood. With The Automatic Hate, director Justin Lerner tells the story of a fractured family, one divided by long-standing feuds and the younger generation who try to heal the wounds only to create a new set of problems. For the most part, The Automatic Hate makes the most of its premise only to lose its assured footing towards the conclusion.

Working as a chef in Boston, Davis Green (Joseph Cross) has turned his back on his fine education and taken employment as a chef. He lives with his girlfriend Cassie (Deborah Ann Woll), and their relationship is on the rocks. One night, Davis is greeted by a strange young girl named Alexis (Adelaide Clemens), who claims to be his cousin. This comes as a shock to Davis as his father Ronald (Richard Schiff), a professor of human behavior, has never mentioned having a brother. After asking his dying grandfather about this mysterious sibling, the ailing man is driven to a near-panic attack. After a bit of investigation, Davis finds his way to the farm run by his long lost uncle Josh (Ricky Jay). But the tension between the disavowed siblings is strong, not diminished by time or distance. Alexis and Davis build a quick bond as they search the origins of the familial strife, only to find themselves getting too close in a relationship that could tear the family even further apart.

At first, The Automatic Hate seems to be taking its time in letting its pieces fall into place. Initially it seems that the withholding the cause of the friction between the brothers will be a source of frustration that will distract throughout, though those concerns are eventually dashed with a story that escalates on multiple levels between its characters. But it’s not always pretty, as the film does deal heavily with the topic of incest. These moments in The Automatic Hate are extremely uncomfortable, culminating in a frenzied family dinner where a brief, tense, and slightly amicable family reunion are shattered by the collision of past and present. Sadly, the script by Lerner and co-writer Katharine O’Brien fails to build upon this crescendo as the film slowly limps towards the end.

Justin Lerner’s film is comprised of numerous well-composed shots and the young filmmaker does get some very solid performances from his cast. The veteran actors of The Automatic Hate turn in the best performances, with a palpable tension between Ricky Jay’s Josh and Richard Schiff’s Ronald. The two men don’t even have to say a word to one another to convey the animosity. For the most part, Joseph Cross does fine work in the lead, though the confusion and frustration of his character become a bit tiresome towards the end. Sadly, Daredevil’s Deborah Ann Woll isn’t give much of character besides being the teary-eyed girlfriend. One of the real standouts of The Automatic Hate is Adelaide Clemens as Alexis. The actress gives her character this sense of danger and mystery to her. There’s a real unsettling chemistry between Cross and Clemens as these the younger generation trying to bury the hatchet of the past.

The Automatic Hate spends most of its time building to a big reveal. Up until that point, The Automatic Hate is a mostly engrossing domestic drama about family and old wounds that never heal. But once we’ve been given that big reveal, Justin Lerner’s film just meanders about for the final 20 minutes, seemingly uncertain as to how portray the fallout of a nuclear family’s implosion. It’s not easy to make a compelling movie about a family tearing itself apart through past actions and bitter words, and Justin Lerner does just that for a majority of his film. If only Lerner were able to make that ending as compelling what came before it.

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