DVD Review: RAGE Starring Nicolas Cage

 

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RAGE was directed by Paco Cabezas, written by Jim Agnew and Sean Keller and stars Nicolas Cage, Rachel Nichols, Max Ryan, Aubrey Peeples, Peter Stormare and Danny Glover.

The action-thriller (formerly known as Tokarev) follows Paul Maguire (Cage), a well respected family man who lives a pretty normal life until his past comes back to haunt him. What happens is, his daughter is kidnapped when some masked thugs break into their home and instead of relying on the local police to try and get her back, Maguire takes the matter in his own hands and rounds up his old crew. All of this appears to be Maguire’s past coming back to haunt him but there’s so much more going on here.

Maguire is confronted by the local police to stay out of it and let them do their job but the father is hell bent on locating his daughter with his own crew of former mafia thugs. As Maquire’s journey takes him down this dark path, not only are more innocent people drug into this deadly situation but there’s also some horrifying answers that are revealed as the movie plays out.

Paul Maguire’s search for his daughter takes him down this dark road that leads him to his past and the horrible secret that he’s been keeping for so many years. Maguire knows he has it coming and in the finale, he is ready to take his medicine. Everybody in the Maguire family is changed forever!

Okay, first of all I’m proud that this movie was filmed right here in my home state of Alabama and I’m happy to see more movie productions coming to our area, so bring it on! Rage (aka Tokarev) deals with this family man who does have a violent side that has been long buried but it is reawakened once his daughter is kidnapped. The dark road this family man takes and the violent lengths he goes through leaves him changed forever, his entire  family is changed forever and this is a road that he is warned to not go down! This movie brings up the horrible question, what would you do if this happened to your child? I’m guessing close to the same thing this man does! Yes, there are the police and it’s not like we never see them on the case or get involved because they do, but Maguire is just so savvy with his street smarts, the contacts he has and his experience with being this former gangster type. Maguire handles things in a violent manner and I really can’t blame him here but all of this does get a few people put in harms way. In the end, Maguire really doesn’t care about who gets drug in because he knows they’re all aware of the risks and he only has one goal and that’s getting his daughter back. I’m leaving out some huge parts of the plot for you because the movie has a some big twists that are surprising as the movie plays out.

Rage does feature some gangster style action and brutality and it’s cool to see Cage, who is now in his 50s, still go at it and battle it out with the bad guys. Heck, we even get some car chases here! So, the movie is packed with violence but it also has a pretty cool story here which makes it a good watch. You care for these characters and what they’re going through here. Cage really puts on a strong performance with this character of his and there’s some serious range here. The veteran actor goes from happy family man in the beginning, to someone hell bent on revenge, to an emotional wreck. Say what you will about Cage, but this guy still has it and this movie proves it!

The packaging comes with a slip cover featuring the artwork you see up top. The back includes movie details, several images and list of extras. Inserting the disc, the menu was simple and easy to navigate.

Bottom line is, Rage was a pretty cool action-thriller with a good story and it packs a brutal punch. We’ve gotten so many movies like this over the years where we watch a person go on a personal vendetta and hell bent on revenge, so that part of the movie isn’t too original but the cast were all fantastic and with Cage’s lead, the movie is one that should be watched. This DVD releases on August 12th and if you’re looking for a new action-thriller, be sure you give this one a watch.

Distributor: Image Entertainment

Run Time: 98 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Format: Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: Good stuff! There’s several featurettes to watch here and the deleted scenes include alternate scenes including and an alternate ending for the movie.

  • Making of Rage Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes

 

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