Loophole (2019)

Imagine this: the gene for violence is discovered — turns out it’s all based on the bloodline of Judas Iscariot — starting a worldwide crisis when governments force people to be tested to determine whether or not they’ll commit a violent crime. College student Lexi Smith is in the middle of all of this, as science and religion becomes one thing, demons and angels start showing up and humanity prepares for the end of all things.

Produced and directed by Jenni Ivers, this movie kind of surprised me when it took a sudden religious turn, getting into the Nephilim and fallen angels. I wasn’t put off by it, but had no idea that’s what I was getting into.

Filmed near me in Morgantown, WV, it’s all about two college students who find themselves battling the forces of Samyaza, a demon who comes to Earth every 17 years with the goal of destroying creation. There’s also a flash forward to a future where religion doesn’t exist and people dress like extras from an Italian post-apocalyptic movie. So there’s that.

I actually loved the part of the movie where it becomes a history lesson of the Lost Books of the Bible and how the flood happened and demons on Earth. Probably most folks would be put off by so much exposition — it honestly grinds the film to a halt — but it was my favorite part of the entire thing.

Want to see it for yourself? Loophole is available On Demand on January 8.

NOTE: We were sent this movie by its PR team. That doesn’t impact our review.

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