Back in October, we asked if Uwe Boll’s latest film, Rampage, might (gasp) actually be good. Well mark your calendars folks, because according to our friends at Bloody-Disgusting, you will be able to judge that answer for yourself this June 1st, when Phase 4 films releases Rampage on DVD.
If you don’t recall what Rampage is about, here’s a brief synopsis of the film and another look at the trailer below. (Be advised that the trailer is very violent and decidedly NSFW.)
“The boredom of small town life is eating Bill Williamson alive. Feeling constrained and claustrophobic in the meaningless drudgery of everyday life and helpless against overwhelming global dissolution, Bill (Brendan Fletcher) begins a descent into madness. His shockingly violent plan will shake the very foundations of society by painting the streets red with blood.”
Though we didn’t review the film ourselves (the emotional scarring from previous Boll films was just too great), some of our colleagues in the world of movie blogging caught the movie at Fantastic Fest and had decent things to say. While I respect their opinions, however, I still have my doubts.
Up to this point in his career, the German-born Boll has been known mainly for video game adaptations and horror movie schlock. While Rampage sounds moderately cerebral on its surface, I can’t help but wonder if the movie isn’t more of the same Boll-crap that we’ve seen in the past. Maybe it’s just me, but doesn’t the story of a disturbed loner acting out his violent anti-social fantasies remind you of something a moody high school student might write?
Now don’t get me wrong, with a good director and a powerful lead actor, movies like this can work (Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver is a good example). However, if there is no depth to the character, then there is no meaning behind the violence, and thus no purpose for the film besides perhaps being an escapist fantasy for closet sociopaths.
Of course, as I have already said, I have not seen the film, and these are just my initial impressions. Given the positive reviews Rampage has seen elsewhere, however, it seems like June 1st will be a good time to swing by my local Redbox to check it out.
While Uwe Boll has a reputation for being a bad director, you can’t argue that he isn’t passionate about what he does. Perhaps Rampage is the turning point in his career where this passion will manifest itself into decent movies. If you do decide to buy or rent Rampage, please check back in here at Screen Rant and leave your thoughts.