Thursday, July 28, 2011

Rampage (2009)

Rampage (Canada/Germany, 2009) - Color, Director(s): Uwe Boll
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 85 min.

Z-rating: 5 out of 5 stars

B-factor: 2 out of 5 stars

Wow.... is, without a doubt, the first word that comes to mind when I think of this movie. First off, let me say that this movie isn't for everyone. Most happy, functional people will probably be turned off by the amount of seemingly senseless violence in this film. (What the FUCK are you doing reading this blog?? Get outta here, you're in the wrong place!!!)  Now, those of you that are left should be a crowd of dysfunctional, angry, cold, bitter people who despise a majority of the assholes we're forced to put up with on a daily basis. We were probably the target audience for Uwe Boll's surprisingly good movie about cold-blooded revenge.

Bill Williamson (Brendan Fletcher) is a 23 year old male living at home with his parents. Conversation over breakfast leads to the topic of him moving out and getting his own place, a sort of quasi-eviction notice from the parents' house. Trying to go about his day, he goes down to his local coffee shop to grab a quick drink of bean juice but runs into a stereotypical asshole of a barista. Despite obviously despising his surroundings, he waits patiently and plans. In the basement, he builds a suit made of Kevlar plates and prepares for his onslaught upon the unsuspecting city. The chaos that ensues is like something out of a video game. Ever play a game like GTA and, instead of doing missions to progress in the game, you just kill everybody you come across and cause as much destruction as you can before the police are able to stop you? That's basically what this film is. This movie is pretty much the fantasy that we all entertain when we're tired of dealing with the same stupid people, every single day. Uncompromising, cold-blooded, and unflinchingly violent in its resolve, this is the movie Falling Down wished it could be.

I could not have asked for a better movie, so it came as an ABSOLUTE surprise when I found out that this film was directed by Uwe Boll. Really? House of the Dead's Uwe Boll? Wow. Again. You see, only those who have seen Uwe Boll's movies can fully appreciate how terrible his movies really were but will undoubtedly be shocked to find what a powerful, entertaining, and masterfully made movie this really is. The storytelling, the unflinching violence, and heavy metal soundtrack blend perfectly to give us what has to be.... without a shadow of a doubt.... the greatest mass murder/multiple-shootings movie ever made!!! Giving us an almost eerie look into the mind of a modern day sociopath. (i.e. the kids involved in the Columbine and V-Tech shootings)

Nudity: Male only. You see the main character's butt briefly when he's changing clothes towards the end.

Gore: Many people are killed in a blaze of gunfire when the main character goes on his "rampage". Many are shown being shot as they're running away but there is one particular scene where he gathers a group of defenseless women in a hair salon and executes the lot of them. Absolutely brutal.

Awesome: to the MAX!!!!!!! This movie will undoubtedly be dismissed as an exercise in senseless violence but I honestly think that there is something deeper to this movie than what might be seen at a glance. Ignoring the fact that this is an Uwe Boll film, which is absolutely UNBELIEVABLE in itself, I think this film not only accurately depicts the chaos that plays out in the sick fantasies that we all entertain in our own heads... this film is scary on a different level because it's not about some invincible machete-wielding killer, it's about your average Joe who has been sitting back and plotting his cold and calculating revenge. This is something that not only can happen, it HAS happened before. In fact, as I write this review, I hear from friends that an incident where a man went on a rampage and killed 80 people, blew up building (embassy?), and had a final stand against the police. This is a fucked up world we all live in, we would all do well to treat others with the respect we would all like to have. You never know when you might push the wrong person too far...