Review: Josh Hartnett and Chandler Riggs in Inherit The Viper

Inherit The Viper brings forth a violent, depressed, drug tinged world whose inhabitants have been torn to ribbons by the vicious cycle of drug abuse. Ever wondered what Middle America wrecked by opioids. Anthony Jergen’s film stars Sin City’s Josh Hartnett, The Walking Dead’s Chandler Riggs, Blacklists Margarita Levieva, and Black Mirrors Owen Teague.

Here’s the synopsis.

For siblings Kip and Josie, 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 for good. But his attempt to escape his family’s legacy soon ignites a powder keg of violence and betrayal, endangering Kip, Josie and their younger brother.

Before I dive into the review, I should probably preface it by stating that, in my entire life, there has only been one movie that made me feel dirty, and grimy, and left me in need of a cigarette. Until recently, that is. Requiem For A Dream is the name of that film. Darren Aronofsky captured the hellish descent into maddening addiction with his 2000 movie starring Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans, and Jennifer Connelly. That being said, there are now two movies that have had the effect of making me want to jump in a bath or smoke a cigarette.

Let me put it to you like this. Have you ever wondered what that slice of American pie, now plagued and rotted out by excessive drug abuse, looks like? Better yet, ever wonder what the soul of Middle America looks like after years of drug abuse? Well, if you happen to fall in either of those two camps, I suggest you see Inherit The Viper. Here director Anthony Jergen enlists the aid of his cinematographer Nicholas Wiesnet to craft a visual story with a gut punch of narrative weight behind it.

The Conley clan, as they are known as in Inherit The Viper, are clearly the scourge of the community. A wise man once said the universe is turtles all the way down. But here, it’s clearly heroin all the way down. The occupants of the town live in a world that is sepia-toned. The town’s denizens have been bitten bad by a generational poison that stretches backwards and forwards in time.

It’s up to Hartnett’s character, Kip, a former soldier who inherited his family’s business of Oxycontin dealing, to sever the proverbial limb in order to stop the town from bleeding out altogether. And it’s pretty clear that without some sort of intervention or act of God, this town will continue running to hell in a handbag. Like s*** in a toilet, the only way things are going to clean up here are by going down. It’s in the going down that we see just what the film has to offer dramatically. Without spoiling much, I will say that you should see this movie. Also, it’s worth mentioning this movie features a badass broken performance by Brad William Henke as a man whose wife has suffered the bite of the Viper.

Inherit The Viper is available in select theaters, On Demand, and Digital January 10, 2020.

Check out the trailer for Inherit The Viper below.

FINAL GRADE: B

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