'Inherit the Viper' [Blu-ray]
(Josh Hartnett, Margarita Levieva, Brad William Henke, Dash Mihok, Bruce Dern, et al / Blu-ray + DVD + Digital / R / 2020 / LGF)
Overview: For siblings Kip (Josh Hartnett) and Josie (Margarita Levieva), dealing opioids isn’t just their family business—it’s their only means of survival.
When a deal goes fatally wrong, Kip decides he wants out. But Kip’s attempt to escape his family’s legacy ignites a powder keg of violence and betrayal, imperiling Kip, Josie, and their younger brother, Boots (Owen Teague), in this searing crime-thriller that builds to a shattering conclusion.
Blu-ray Verdict: This one mill town has literary broken the backs of workers who go to the Conley family to obtain oxy down the years, but Josie Conley (Margarita Levieva) sells one to a woman who soon dies.
Everyone in town knows what happened but Sheriff Kyle (Dash Mihok) is in a relationship with Josie and so he looks the other way. Kip Conley (Josh Hartnett) is the eldest brother with a baby on the way. Whereas the youngest brother Boots (Owen Teague) is recently introduced to the family business; as they do what they have to do to get by.
However, where there are drugs there is money - and there are guns. Each one of the Conley's has their own idea on how to solve the problems they cause which leads to an unlikely climax; and yet one that makes the film just as perfect as it could ever hope to be.
From the off, the scene is set for a grizzly, cold, wet, grey and dark journey into the poor district of Birmingham, Alabama's drug addicted neighborhoods.
'Inherit the Viper' is a film about the fight to survive in a double jeopardy, life and death reality, in which the crusade of getting the next hit is imperative.
Add to that the need to protect ones drug businesses, and where nobody, not even family members cannot, or simply will not trust one another in the fight for the next high; or in the race for the next dollar, and you have the ground laid out squarely for you for 'Inherit the Viper.'
In some ways, it's a film that really hurts to watch and the realism of it all is beyond grueling at times, making you think why ... why do these people do this, or moreover, how do they get there?
As a production, well, it is stunning, although, as aforementioned, gritty and very dark, extremely foreboding in places, but it sure gives you the infectious sting of what the director and the superb actors were trying to get across.
The film also features a rather mesmerizing touch of suspense along with moments of sheer, unadulterated, and brutal fear and violence, but that comes with the territory here in 'Inherit the Viper.' This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
A tense crime thriller with powerful performances, 'Inherit the Viper' will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $22.99 and $19.98, respectively on March 10th, 2020.
Official 'Inherit the Viper' Trailer