An ambitious young man starts working in the dark world of social media smear tactics, and learns that virtual vitriol has dire real-life consequences.
Netflix recently has been procuring films and shows from many regional markets and from countries who they recently set foot in. And that strategy has worked well in favour of them. After the huge success of the Polish Film - 365 Days, the Californian streaming giant has released another film from the Same Industry - The Hater. Here we go with our opinion.
What's the story about?
‘The Hater’ centres on Tomasz, a bright and clever law scholar who receives a chance to study in Warsaw with the guidance of his rich protectors, the Krasuckis. Over the ages, the daughter of theKrasuckis, Gabi, also grows his love affair, but the confused adolescent girl gives him no consideration. Tomasz screws up when his college discovers fraud in his task and dismisses him. But rather of viewing this as a pitfall, Tomasz uses it as an opening to establish his social-psychological brilliance to great value.
The boy is a genius of manipulation and also a specialist in social media marketing. Only using these talents, he begins to escalate up the social ladder and, ultimately, win Gabi’s heart. He settles for a career at a shadowy PR firm and assists them slander personalities and bureaucrats. But when he commences utilising his talents of encouraging online hatred to defame a dormant candidate for Warsaw’s mayor, circumstances immediately go out of control.
What causes Tomasz’s role so unnerving and interesting at the same period is Maciej Musialowski’s performance. With his cruel and intense depiction of a calculative anti-hero, Musialowski practically bears the whole movie on his arms. For Tomasz, encouraging bogus data is originally only a method for endurance after getting forced outside of the university, but it later unfolds into an offensive fetish. Musialowski flawlessly apprehends this catharsis which his persona goes through.
Music and Other Departments
Since the range of the narrative is reasonable for enthralling score and depressing noises, the musicians have underplayed it throughout. Only at a very few scenes, it was unsettling. Technically the movie looks rich and great as the art department has strived so hard to recreate the authenticity of the Warsaw.
Once the film flies into its genre's region, it shifts so well that screenwriter Mateusz Pacewicz had a lot on his perception about social media and its capacity to be weaponized. It’s such a significant debate because most social media users post anything without judging who the real poster is and their motives for making the received content. The meme, video, or Facebook experience could evolve from someone in the international control pretending as an American. The movie explains how simple this is for anyone with a machine, passion, and shady intentions to sign up using fake accounts and create confusion with one click of the mouse and the results are gripping. As the movie shifts into the conflict of social media combat, it creates intensification to the end of something lacking to pop.
The movie is fairly lengthy, clocking in at about 135 minutes. And somewhere around the middle, it experiences pacing issues for a brief time. This pacing difficulty might have been resolved by cutting some of the lipids. Indeed, it’s difficult to understand what to trim from the movie because so much is required to describe the volcanic climax. There are a few conspiracy consequences involving video games that seem distractingly unusual and presumably could have been described alternatively.
Other than its noir stuff, the movie accurately brings in some social parody that not only defies fraudulent online conspirers but also analyses the efficiency with which one can develop hatred through social media. There’s also some detailed critique that highlights class sections within Tomasz and his protectors who only clear his invoices out of pity. All of these underlying thoughts are hammered because even as a spectator, you’re not able to determine if you curse Tomasz or sympathise with him.
So, even with its bloated runtime of two hours and fifteen minutes, ‘The Hater’ never bequeaths a boring moment and holds you imagining what’ll happen next. You keep questioning if Tomasz will further penetrate his antiheroism or ultimately learn a significant drill from the consequences of his efforts. The film holds you hooked completely and only remains for its last moments to explain the prominent mystery—Will Tomasz ever be Punished?
Do I recommend it?
The Hater is one of the most frightening films ever to be written about social media trolls. It comprises phenomenal performances, distinguished writing, and this might be an eerie wakeup call for everyone. So Yes, go for it.