‘The Hater’ Preview: Netflix’s Polish thriller navigates the dark tale of an unrestrained master manipulator

The official synopsis for ‘The Hater’ reads, 'A duplicitous young man finds success in the dark world of social media smear tactics — but his virtual vitriol soon has violent real-life consequences.'


                            ‘The Hater’ Preview: Netflix’s Polish thriller navigates the dark tale of an unrestrained master manipulator
'The Hater' (Netflix)

Hold your horses if you were living with the impression that Joe Goldberg from 'You' was the only terrifying character who has been through hell and back to impress his love interests. Netflix is all set to present before you the spine-chilling tale of Tomasz Giemza from its upcoming Polish film ‘The Hater’, which is scheduled to drop on July 29. 

The official synopsis for ‘The Hater’ reads, “A duplicitous young man finds success in the dark world of social media smear tactics — but his virtual vitriol soon has violent real-life consequences.” Helmed by Jan Komasa, the movie stars Maciej Musialowski, Vanessa Aleksander, Danuta Stenka. 

The official trailer for ‘The Hater’ sees Tomasz (Maciej Musialowski) desperately trying to get the attention of Gabi Krasucka (Vanessa Aleksander), who he has been in love with since childhood. However, he has a few obstacles to surpass to win her love as she’s the daughter of his benefactors, and Tomasz is only treated as a boy from a small village with big ambitions. 

The trailer also reveals that Tomasz is a law student, who is looking for a social media moderating internship. He gets hired by a PR firm that holds an infamous reputation for defaming celebrities. Although the internship offers Tomasz a platform to show off his skills and thrives in an industry using questionable means, his actions end up causing more harm than good to the love of his life, thus taking a dark turn. 

The latter part of the trailer sees Tomasz indulge in stalking and threatening prominent personalities, which soon turns into a full-fledged career as he develops a keen interest in using confidential information about companies, people, and even government to create chaos.  

Towards the end of the trailer, Gabi’s father is seen telling Tomasz that Gabi doesn’t want to contact him anymore, as Tomasz establishes that he isn’t just “nobody” and continues to lurk in the dark world of social media. 

As the trailer only gives us a glimpse of Tomasz’s abilities, the consequences of his actions remain to be seen. Perhaps, this is what the compelling trailer was trying to achieve, as it teases the audience enough to keep them anticipating for the rest of the movie. 

‘The Hater’ will be available to stream on Netflix from July 29. 

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