Hey folks, Valkor here. I remember the first time I sat back and watched me some Oldboy. When it was all over, I was left sitting through the credits with my mouth opened in awe of what I had just seen. Everything before the big reveal was kinda slow and I was ready to toss the DVD aside because I thought the film was a jip. Thank the matrix I sat through it all because… holy shit! And it's been some time since I've seen a film that has an ending that just blows me away... until now. Thank you Chris Witherspoon, you sir deserve all kinds of accolades for your film "Rage" because it's pretty damn impressive with an ending that rocked my world. Some spoilers, but nothing major.
If you've ever watched classic Steven Spielberg film "The Duel", then you're in familiar territory. The short of it is, a man spends the entire film taunted by a truck and its mysterious truck driver. With that being said, Rage centers on a guy named Dennis (Rick Crawford), who's an OK writer, lives in a nice quiet suburban town,and has a lovely wife named Crystal (Audrey Walker) who also has a successful career of her own. What else could a guy want? Well it turns out that Dennis has a little side fling with this chick Dana (Anna Lodej). When Dennis goes to break it off with her, she thinks it might have something to do with her crazy ex… who just got out of prison... and did I mention he's supposed to be crazy? (Doh!). Well That's not it; Dennis simply loves his wife and wants to be happy with her. So he leaves Dana with only her tears and breaks for home. But before he can get there, the dude is taunted by a crazy biker (Played menacingly well by Chris Witherspoon). Things start out simple enough, then it becomes confrontational - the biker stops in front Dennis at a green light and doesn't move until just before it turns red. Then it gets physical – the biker smacks Dennis around a bit in a bathroom stall. And from there it gets really violent – the biker shows up at his house. You think Dennis shat some serious bricks when he heard that horn? Yea he did!
I'm gonna be honest, there were times I thought I'd take out the disc, toss it out the window and write a scathing email to Witherspoon – how dare he send me such tripe! HOW DARE HE PUT ME THROUGH THIS!! *Valkor rages hard* But I stuck it out and when it was all over… this was my face when…
Rage took some time settling into it because, and this is just my opinion, it appeared uneven. I wasn't really sure what the hell was happening. I know from the synopsis what was going to happen, but it didn't appear to flow that way at first. Thankfully as the film progressed things got better… and better… until OH SHIT!! OH NO HE DIDN'T!! *ahem* First up, what Rage does well is that it does a great job of introducing the main characters without bogging you down with too much back story – the film gets right to the point! I love it! Next I gotta give some praise into how the biker is brought into the film; it's very subtle at first, but as the film progresses, so does the bikers appearance. And what's cool about that is the biker's action is that you don't know what he's gonna do when he shows up; it's completely unpredictable! Visually, the film looks amazing and mind you this is an independent film so they don't always look so hot. And I usually make it a point to not discuss how the film looks because while it may look cheap, it's the story that's gonna sell it. That being said, the film is just beautiful to look at and the effects used are pretty amazing. My favorite is when Dennis has a flashback and it fades from color to a grainy black and white *thumbs up!*. Finally I gotta give acting nods to Rick Crawford for a job well done as well as to Audrey Walker, who handles a really tough scene late in the story. When the scene was over, I felt really bad for Crystal. I know we don't spend much time with her, it's just why her? She's got nothing to do with anything and yet… damn! But I will say this, as tough as that scene was to watch… Audrey has a really nice ass. What? What I say? Oh before I forget, Chris Witherspoon deserves some applause for not only putting this film together, but for doing a damn good job as the biker bad guy. And I won't even discuss the ending... but its pretty awesome!
Anything bad I was going to say about the film is overturned by how it all comes together in the end. But since I'm already here... first I really wanted Dennis to "man up" in a few scenes. Yes he does turn the tables a couple of times against the biker, but I wanted something more direct and in your face. There was one scene where he keys the bike, only to find out it wasn't the bike he was supposed to be keying… nice! But for the most part he just stands back with his hands in the air going "what?" when he should have been all up in this guys grill. Finally, did we have to have the two guys talking about "The Duel"?
Seeing Dennis's neighbor Clancy walk out of his home, stomach sticking all out of his bathrobe. If I did that, my neighbors would run me out of town!
Overall, I was impressed with Rage; it a great thriller, with a solid story and amazing performances. Though no DVD or theatrical release date has been set, however when the time comes do not hesitate checking it out; believe me you will not be disappointed. And out of TOV 5 stars, I'm giving Rage a fierce 4.5, it's that damn good!