Wednesday, 28 December 2011

DVD review: Rage (2010)

First of all I would like to thank Christopher Witherspoon for sending me a screener of Rage.
A thirty something man by the name Dennis Twist (Rick Crawford) lives in a suburb just outside of Portland says goodbye to his beautiful and loving wife Crystal (Audrey Walker) and heads into town.
There he unintentionally provokes the wrath of a mysterious motorcyclist. The confrontation between the two, sets in motion a day long battle. Beginning in the form of harmless taunts then quickly escalating into something more serious and then into something unimaginable. Rage is not only written and directed by Christopher Witherspoon, he also produced, shot and edited the film. Furthermore he plays the part of the mysterious and menacing motorcyclist. The plot is reminiscent of Steven Spielberg´s classic tv-movie Duel (1971) but it takes place in a urban setting and is much much more violent and brutal. Strong acting performances from the cast, both Rick Crawford and Audrey Walker are fantastic and Christopher Witherspoon is excellent as the mysterious motorcyclist who gets more and more brutal, he has no dialogue but is very menacing wearing a black helmet with a darkly-tinted visor, a black jacket and black boots. 
The film is not overtly gory but it´s quite violent and brutal.
The soundtrack is very good and helps to create the suspenseful atmosphere. The film is beautifully shot and edited. The pacing kept me glued to the screen.
Rating: 7 out of 7. It pleases me enormously that only a few days from the end of year, I get one of the best films I've seen in 2011 and I belong to those who had the privilege to see the film before its release on DVD. Rage is a very effective and entertaining film, it´s a extremely well made independent film and has a ton of tension. Rage gets my highest recommendations! 


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