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Actors: Brendan Fletcher, Matt Frewer, Shaun Sipsos
Director: Uwe Boll
Genres: Action & Adventure
Feeling overwhelmed by global events and the boredom of living in a small town, Bill Williamson's mind snaps and he goes on a killing spree.
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Anti-life, anti-hope, anti-art, anti-everything
Samuel Rippey | Rhode Island, USA | 09/14/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"It took me a while to understand my feelings about this film. After some reflection, I think this worthless filth has changed me, but not in the ways the director might've intended.
I'm no prude. I've watched many, many violent films in my day. HELLRAISER, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, HARRY BROWN...the list is pretty much endless. I've enjoyed them, and been shocked but never overly offended by violence, murder, gore. I don't know quite how to articulate it, but many of these films had other qualities that made them worthwhile: the pitch-black humor of CLOCKWORK, the sympathetic protagonist in HARRY BROWN, the elegant storytelling of HELLRAISER, etc.
That being said, RAMPAGE offended me, made me sick to my stomach and in my spirit, and defined for me what the glorification of violence is really about.
As other reviewers have said, the plot is a wisp of a thing: spoiled self-involved suburban twentysomething constructs body armor, arms himself with machine guns, knives, and bombs, and goes through his town killing everyone he sees without rhyme or reason. And he gets away with it by framing his best friend.
And that's it.
The motives for his actions are never fully revealed. There's some noise made about world overcrowding and how he believes he's doing some kind of service by reducing the population. Wow, what a guy! Thanks, buddy! The character himself is a hollow shell, a cipher, an automaton on which to drape high-powered weaponry. I had no feelings for him other than sadness and disgust.
As I mentioned, I never fully understood the term 'glorified violence'. But when his little rampage begins, the relish with which it's presented brings the phrase fully alive. The character's first victim is a random truck driver, which he shoots through the windshield. Next are random people walking down the street. Then he must stop because he's out of ammo, and stops to have a chat with a horrified girl who he kills when he's reloaded. Then off to a beauty salon, where he rounds up the women like cattle, has a drink and complains about how hot is suit is, and executes them in a corner of the shop.
And on and on and on and on. All presented in loving detail.
I think Boll might have been trying to comment on the state of the world; he might have been going for a Big Statement Film that sums up the violent zeitgeist of modern America. Instead, what he's done is add a little more evil into an already depraved society. I never thought I'd say these things about a film--I'm pro-artistic freedom, anti-censorship, pro-artist, etc. I think I just had to be exposed to the face of true artistic worthlessness and--yes, I'll say it--EVIL to have my views shaken up.
I could go on for pages, and probably will in arenas outside of an Amazon review. For now, I think my title sums it up: this film is anti-life, anti-hope, anti-art, anti-sense, anti-everything.
maskedgamer | 08/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The only reason that this film doesn't get the credit it deserves is the name "Uwe Boll" attached to it.
I myself tried to avoid this film due to the history of this horrible director and his D-grade movies he puts out. This movie doesn't deserved to be as overlooked as it has. Rampage is a brilliant...brilliant...brilliant movie. I wouldn't recommend this at all to the sensitive. The movie is basically about a killer that goes on a rampage. There is no sense of justice, and there is no rational point (aside from his ramblings about cleansing society). What you basically watch is a disturbed person that finally cracks and breaks.
Like most lunatics they think what they are doing is right and they believe it to the core. It's the exact feeling you get when you watch rampage. A 23 year old failure living at home with his parents (who is a leech of society himself) who hasn't figured out yet how to survive in the real world on his own. His answer to growing up and moving out is to create an idea in his head that all these working people are wrong and their way of life isn't idealistic how people should live. Everything people work for in life is a lie.
Some how Bill(the main character) thinks that he can help improve the world by killing random people and calling it "population control". So that the rest of society can live freely of all the leeches not providing for the rest of the world. It's a crazy idea and makes about as much sense as every other lunatic that kills innocent people. A corrupt idea to support an unjust action. So at the cost of Bill's warped psychology 93 innocent people lose their lives.
There's no hero in this film and no one to cheer for. It's more like watching a bad accident. It's terrible but somehow you can't take your eyes off of what's going on. To sum it up this movie is nothing more than watching a lunatic going on a killing spree. That be just about your typical gun man today...but this one has a movie that you can watch.
If you've seen a Uwe Boll film before believe me this is nothing like any of them! I honestly don't believe Uwe Boll had as much input in this film as he usually does. I get the feeling there was a lot of ghost directing done in this film. I know Uwe bolls style and this isn't at all it.
Great Movie for the mature minded! This is a film for adults though not for kids or teens.