While the world’s population continues to grow and our resources dwindle, a clear choice must be made, the world needs change and we need real change now. Bill Williamson, after seeing the indifference and the waste, decides to take matters into his own hands and help nature along by thinning the herd, so to speak.
After stringing together an outfit of Kevlar plates and loading up several weapons, Bill sets into motion a horrifying plan to reign down chaos and mass murder on an epic scale, one that will leave dozens of bodies in its wake and the world reeling from the random insanity of it all.
Before jumping into this review I’d like to state for the record that Uwe Boll did indeed write and direct Rampage so save your bandwagon rhetoric for your fellow drama queen cohorts. I’m a Boll fan, deal with it.
It would be dishonest of me to insist that Uwe Boll makes great films, some are downright trashy, but I’m a lifelong cult cinema fan and I’ll be damned if I haven’t seen worse, far worse. The man has had more misses than hits but I do believe that’s slowly changing and one example of his filmmaking evolution is Rampage. It features top-notch acting, interesting characters and a deeply disturbing premise that I guarantee will have people gasping. I’ll be shocked if this doesn’t stir up a wee bit of controversy here in the states now that it’s finally seeing a DVD release.
In my opinion this film might not have worked so well without the talents of the entire cast, including Matt (“The Stand”)Frewer, Lynda (Disturbing Behavior) Boyd, Shaun (The Grudge 2) Sipos, Katharine (Ginger Snaps 1-3) Isabelle, Michael (Eddie and the Cruisers) Paré, they all did a great job but in the end it was Brendan Fletcher that really drove this film to its chilling conclusion, the guy can act his ass off. Some of you may remember him from his roles in such films as Freddy vs. Jason, Ginger Snaps Back, Ginger Snaps Unleashed and Gilliam’s Tideland, he’s got quite the resume under his belt. No doubt this film will turn a few heads in his direction.
Uwe Boll didn’t just make a “revenge film,” he made a film featuring some pretty heavy ideas, issues that are currently troubling America at this very moment. I have to say, I appreciated that. The cacophony of television and radio chatter, political and religious soundbites and divisive pundit predictions that constantly bombards us throughout the film just added an extra layer to the insanity. I found myself wondering whether we were hearing our main character’s mental decline or Boll was pointing out that the whole world, not just Bill, is on a steep mental decline. Rampage will provoke, no question.
In my opinion this is a fantastic film, bravo Dr. Boll, bravo! For me this will be a keeper, I’ll be purchasing this at some point to add to my collection. I’ve yet to see his films Stoic and Tunnel Rats yet but I’m hearing great things about those as well. If you want disturbing, brutal massacre, this here is your film. If you’re looking for a film that “says something,” you’re in luck too. Either way, I highly recommend you watch Rampage and if you enjoy it, go out and purchase it.