Rage Creates Outrage for Viewers

A bad movie made worse with another acting attempt from Nicolas Cage

Holly Vogtman

Staff Writer

hollyv1@umbc.edu

Summary: Rage is a film that centers on ex-mob member, Paul McGuire (Nicolas Cage), when he discovers his daughter has been murdered by presumed members of the Russian Mob and begins a killing rampage full of rage to find the culprit.

After not being in theatres for very long, Rage is recently released to DVD for good reason. Its plot, acting and overall creation as a movie fall far below par.

Paul McGuire (Nicolas Cage) has washed his hands of the mob life. He has attempted to make himself a proper citizen with a prominent role in local government. He has a new wife not associated with his crime life and a teenage daughter in high school.

However, after a night out with his wife, Paul comes home to find that his house has been ransacked. His daughter’s friends have been left beaten, but most importantly his daughter has been taken.

After his daughter is found dead in a nearby river the next morning, Paul goes into full rage mode. He deviates back to his old ways and calls his loyal mob cronies to help find the culprits.

Because of Paul’s mob history, both he and police presume that the rival Russian mob is the source of the murder. Paul and his bumbling group of mobsters revert to their past and begin to kill everyone and everything that gets in their way.

This film is truly terrible because none of the methods the ex-mobsters use to find the killer are useful or make any sense.

The plot is full of holes. The audience will find itself completely lost as they try to decipher the reasoning behind a change in scene. Just when the viewer believes they have a grasp on what is happening, the audience is thrown for a loop, but not in a good way.

On top of almost all of the scenes being broken and full of nonsense, the acting of nearly every character was extremely poor.

Not only did Nicolas Cage disappoint, but his character’s friends, played by Michael McGrady and Peter Stomare, provided no support.

It is difficult to blame the fall of the movie completely on the acting because there was truly not much to work with between the script and storyline.Although the movie is classified as an action drama, it can really be described as more of a comedy than anything.

I found myself laughing and becoming annoyed more than anything else due to the movie’s multiple one-liners and comical acting situations.This movie is not recommended, however there is a disappointing plot twist at the end that you will just have to see to believe.

Rage receives a ½ of a paw.