Rampage – Review

Uwe Boll has been called “the worst director of all time” and an online petition was started to get Uwe to stop making movies. Some say terrible, I say genius, but first let me give you some background info. Uwe Boll is a German born director who first came to America with his daring and controversial film Heart Of America (2002), after that is when things went down hill. Boll stated grabbing up video game properties like no ones business, this resulted in an onslaught of lackluster video game based films that not only alienated the source material — but the fans as well.

This caused an uproar from fans and wanted Uwe Boll stopped. These films were House Of The Dead (2003), Alone In The Dark (2005), Bloodrayne (2005), In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) and Postal (2007). This is where things got interesting, Uwe said “F” you to the film industry and starting producing a string of ultra violent shock films that demand respect from the film community. I am declaring November, Uwe Boll month here on Flocked. We start with Rampage (2009), an independent film that uses Uwe Boll to his full potential.

Rampage is a story of Bill Williamson, a fed up young man living with his parents and going day to day at a dead end job. As people nag on him to go to college and get his life going, Bill knows that big things are coming. He is secretly constructing a suit of Kevlar and acquiring a hefty amount of weapons in order to go on a city wide killing spree.

The premise is brilliant and it isn’t a subject that has been touched down upon before, the story unfolds smoothly with reveals and a twist ending that I didn’t see coming. Boll clearly has a sense for story telling and it shows here.

The script is plays second fiddle as all the lines delivered from the actors are improvised, giving it a genuine feel. Although sometimes it falls flat, but nearly all the acting is solid. Brendan Fletcher (Bill) actually shines here, delivering a strong and at times frightening look at this troubled youth. The rest of the supporting cast is good but nothing notable.

When the actual “rampage” starts is when this movie really kicks into high gear, but this is definitely not grandmas film. The violence is incredibly graphic and grisly, with the sensational cinematography we get a shaky cam style. Which adds to the realism, the final scene is almost hypnotic with it’s violence. Watching innocent people getting mowed down by a psychopath is riveting yet hard to watch. It leaves you shaking your head is disbelief, but I feel that is what Boll was trying to achieve. Deliver this real life scenario and watch it pan out as it would, the result is sick, unapologetic thrill ride that will leave you exhausted.

It would be different if the violence was over the top, perhaps in a comical way. But it’s not, at no point is there a light moment that takes you away from the massacre. I feel that this (along with “Seed”) is a giant middle finger to the media, critics and his haters. He doesn’t care what you think, so he is going to make the most intense and horrific under his name.

I applaud Boll here, taking a chance and risking everything to bring you a film that he wants. Pushing the boundaries of conventional thinking and shattering any rules of film making. The ending is satisfying and leaves you wanting more story, it is a tad short but anymore of the vicious rampage would have people shutting off their player. Uwe Boll really comes out of his shell and makes you accept the movie for what it is — which only the sick and twisted would really enjoy.

All in all, this is a work of horrific, no-nonsense art that will drop your jaw and telling your friends about it the next day. Pop some corn, crack a beer, turn out the lights and enjoy you sick bastards! 9.5/10