No you didn’t read the title wrong and no, Screen Rant isn’t pulling your chain. As I sit here in Hell putting on my winter parka, I find myself reading rumblings from the web that the most famous blind squirrel in Hollywood history may have actually found his nut. That’s right; it would appear that Uwe Boll (BloodRayne, House of the Dead) has actually made a GOOD movie with Rampage. So now we have to decide: is the world coming to an end or has the director actually found his stride?
Now, it would appear through word of mouth at Fantastic Fest that Uwe Boll’s latest offering, Rampage, is actually GOOD! Yeah, I know, pick your jaw up off the floor. Rampage stars Brendan Fletcher as a guy that gets fed up with his life, so he builds a suit made of Kevlar, stocks up on weapons and just walks around shooting things, thereby taking his anger out on the unsuspecting world around him. If I didn’t know any better, I would say it was a warning from Boll himself to the rest of the world.
The premise of the film reminds me of Falling Down but the style is more of a narrative. I haven’t seen the film yet, but I will, first chance I get. Check out the trailer below and then tell us what you think:
[WARNING: The trailer is extremely violent and is NSFW]
/Film and Film School Rejects, two sites that I highly regard, both gave the movie a passing grade and their reviews didn’t even mention the words “horrible”, “shameful” or “career ending.” You can read their reviews here (/Film) and here (Film School Rejects).
Up until now, Uwe Boll has been directing under the mantra “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” Let me just give you a quick rundown of the “eggs” he’s either directed or produced:
House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark, BloodRayne (I, II, and III), In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, Far Cry, Postal, Tunnel Rats,
The feisty and determined German director has been pretty synonymous with bad video game movies (BloodRanye, House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark), but recently he’s branched out, into trying to make decent, almost good, movies. Because I’m the kind of guy that is willing to jump on the grenade for a friend, I’ve seen every American movie Boll has made (he had several German films before House of the Dead) just so you wouldn’t have to.
Everything was pure and utter cow flop until Postal (and even that managed to get nominated for a 2008 Razzie). Postal was the first time he flirted with making a decent film but the effort fell just short of being good. Tunnel Rats, however, I found to be very enjoyable; I didn’t sit there and cringe at campy and bad dialog, or cover my eyes during horrible action sequences.
So what do you think about Uwe Boll’s autobiopic Rampage? Does it look like he might have actually made a respectable film?