Adam K (2017) Movie Review

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2017 | Horror
93 minutes /

User Score: 73/100

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Adam K Review


A day in the life of mild-mannered and seemingly good-natured auto insurance claims manager Adam Kraul...

Adam K (2017) is an American horror movie that I will not see again because it was too disturbing for me with its genital mutilation and blunt killings. Director, producer and writer Joston Theney (Axeman (2013), Axeman 2: Overkill (2016)) did an incredible job bringing us this slasher thriller film that was phenomenal. I like that Adam K ran at a steady pace but would have loved it if the pace was kicked up a notch. Joston did a fantastic job balancing the shock scenes with the suspense and atmosphere.

Adam K revolves around Adam Kraul (Alan Smithe - Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996), An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997), Catchfire (1990), Solar Crisis (1990)) who saw a tragic event in his home as a child. Adam saw two murders in his childhood, his mother and aunt Tina (Emii) treating his psycho dad (Ethan McDowell) in an unacceptable way in his home and has not been the same since.

Adam is an auto insurance claims manager several years later who is very friendly with his clients and seems to be good at his job and lives a regular life, or so it appears to be at first. Adam does not have any friends, and his mother (Brinke Stevens - The Summer of Massacre (2012), Teenage Exorcist (1991), Haunting Fear (1990)) does not even want to talk to Adam and often hangs up on him.

Adam is not social, and that affects his life as he is alone most of the time - he tries, but it gets awkward all too fast. Adam is attracted to Amanda (Sarah Nicklin - Nun of That (2008), Atomic Brain Invasion (2010), Quest for a Different Outcome (2015), The Haunting of Alice D (2014)) who is his neighbor. Adam has a hard time talking to Amanda because it becomes awkward every time he tries.

Adam accidently met Michael (Edward Gusts - Heroes (2009), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2010), Spike (2008), The Letter Red (2016)) one day and became very attached to Michael. Adam takes it upon himself to make right of what has been done wrong to Michael which includes going on a graphic brutal killing spree leading us to see that Adam is not who he appears to be and there is much more to discover about him and the way he was raised. Adam thinks that doing/being good to people means killing people that bother his friends and if his friends do not appreciate his effort than he kills them too.

Adam K gets interesting when the police are on his trial, and we learn that Adam is part of a top secret government experiment where Adam has taken the identity of a fallen soldier. He is also something else that I will not disclose. The police force has a few secrets of their own that they do not want the public to know about. Detective Andrews (Kristin Wall - Uncut (2011), Cherri Future (2014), The Kite Man (2010)) wanted the case and had to fight to get the case but what happens next is for you to discover.

Adam’s character gave us the best performances as he did justice to all aspects of his characters and different expressions. All of the other actors gave us good performances but nothing better than good. I could not get over how the movie was misleading at times, ex: someone was impaled from the back through or near the kidney area and just walked away as nothing happened and that is not possible in the real world. The special effects were outstanding, and the few twists were much needed as it kept the movie interesting. Adam K was overall an interesting thriller that told a predictable story but did so in an original way by telling the story from more than one perspective.

About Adam K 2017

Title: Adam K
Year: 2017
Runtime: 93 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.65/5 stars from 15 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 15
Starring: Mindy Robinson, Brinke Stevens, Graham Denman, Sarah Nicklin, Kristin Wall, Ethan McDowell, John Charles Smith, Sachiko Ishida, Greg Lewolt, Arielle Brachfeld, Lily Dionne, Edward Gusts, John Tiu, Jessica Cameron, Francis Canivel, Alexis Anderson, Nihilist Gelo, Alan Smithee, Carlos Javier Castillo, Farrah Abraham, Michael Foster, Jason Bonell, Eli G., Emii, Michael Wayne Foster
Writers: Joston Theney
Director: Joston Theney