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Rage Blu-ray Review

Rage Blu-ray

Despite some great over-the-top Nicolas Cage acting, “Rage” is largely a by the numbers thriller.

The story: After previously working with a criminal organization, Paul has decided to put the past behind him as he has begun a new life as a husband, father, and wealthy businessman. Unfortunately, his ideal life is shattered when his daughter Caitilin is allegedly kidnapped and later found dead. Fearing that the Russian Mafia is out for revenge on a past mistake by Paul and his 2 buddies, Paul and his pals decides to take matters into their own hands by investigating the murder. Is the Russian Mafia even responsible for Caitlin’s death? Will Paul’s investigation ruin his life further? Will the past come back to haunt Paul and his two buddies? All is revealed in the end.

Let’s face it, the main draw for “Rage” is actor Nicolas Cage. Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that he’s a versatile actor. Whether he’s doing award worthy turns in “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Adaptation,” and “Moonstruck” or giving seriously weird performances in “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” and “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call- New Orleans,” he’s nothing if not surprising. In “Rage,” you don’t exactly get Cage at his best. Sometimes he mumbles and goes through the motions and other times he looks quite bored. With that said, there are a few moments here where Cage comes to life and goes fullblown crazy. The highlights include Cage screaming at a dying man and slamming him on the ground and Cage freaking out and accusing a friend of something awful.

As for the movie itself, “Rage” is a pretty tired and flat “the past comes back to haunt you” revenge story. While the “twist” ending may surprise some, it’s pretty evident early on where the story is headed. On top of that, the movie suffers from jittery handheld action camerawork and an entirely implausible Detective character (played by Danny Glover) that make it hard to invest in the film.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? While not the most striking transfer, it is decent.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Adequate.

Extras:
* DVD copy.
* Image/RLJ Entertainment trailers.
* An alternate opening, 2 deleted scenes, an alternate ending and an extended ending shot.
* “The Making of Rage”- A 3 part featurette that contains segments titled “Behind Rage,” “Directing Rage,” and “Nicolas Cage in Rage.”

Overall Thoughts: Unless you’re a die-hard Nicolas Cage fan, “Rage” is a skippable thriller.

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August 11, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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