Rampage: Capital Punishment – 2 out of 5
Uwe Boll is not a director that people think of when you bring up good movies. Nope, instead you think of him as the guy who intentionally makes shitty video game adaptations in order to make use of loopholes in the laws regarding filmmaking overseas. However, in 2009 he wrote and directed a film that was actually amazing. Rampage was a terrifying tale of a boy in a dead-end life that snapped and went on a killing spree, taking the lives of a lot of innocent people. The movie stood up fine on its own and was an uncomfortable tale of someone who had their mind snap and no longer cared about the lives of other people. It was violent, well acted, terrifically edited and filmed, and had a story that was disgusting but interesting to watch unfold. Five years later, Boll has return to the life of the killer and decided to open up another chapter.
|Awww...the sweet look of a crazed killer.|
The antagonist from the first film, Bill Williamson (Brendan Fletcher), is alive and hiding, biding his time to once again show up and express his world-changing plan. When he isn’t just sitting in an alley shooting people who had the unfortunate timing of walking by, he’s busy getting his manifesto ready and preparing to attack a television station. When the time is right, Williamson takes the station by force, taking numerous people hostage and forcing the popular news anchor Chip Parker (Lochlyn Munro) to air a DVD where Williamson lays out his violent plans to overthrow the government, kill the rich, and spread anarchy and death. However, law enforcement outside are ready to come in and make Williamson pay for his crimes…but he’s got some explosive plans for them as well.
|His plans involve bombs...if I didn't make that obvious enough.|
Much of the spirit of the first film is here. Boll does some great work behind the camera by using a lot of handheld work complete with a non-stationary position and a lot of zoom-ins and focusing in and out. Like the first film, this help force the viewer into the action and feel the terror of a man without a firm grip on reality and little regard for human life. Additionally, Fletcher is once again terrifying as Williamson and Munro is very good in his role. Acting, editing, and camera work isn’t the flaws this film had that kept it from being as impacting as the first film. The problem with this film is the story likes to test the resolve of the viewer and sees how far their patience will go.
|Not as good of an anchor as Ron Burgundy.|
The character of Williamson likes to hear the sound of his voice in this one and most of the movie is him preaching like a crazy gun-loving Republican on Facebook that calls for violent action because America elected a black man, thinks carrying automatic weapons in a family restaurant is somehow normal, and thinks the way to resolve all conflict in this country is through the pulling of a trigger. Granted, Williamson isn't actually one of those nutbag Facebook Conservatives but his message isn't any better than theirs and far too much of the movie is Williamson going on long diatribes about how the country needs to be fix and about all the problems the U.S. has and the only way to fix it is kill as many people as possible with little insight over whether their lives have any more worth than his own. Little debate can be found that this isn’t Uwe Boll’s feelings since he, in all his modesty, cast himself as Chip’s producer (a big mistake because the one thing he does worse than making video game adaptations is acting) and, at one point, actually says, “He’s right, you know,” while Fletcher’s video diary of his plan is playing.
|Uwe Boll's biggest mistake was being Uwe Boll.|
|"Help, my kidney spontaneously exploded!"|
|A shot from Williamson's video message...|
|And the next shot he's wearing different clothes in this thing. How can I trust his|
plan of total death and destruction when he can't even master continuity?
This time, Boll painfully attempts to paint him as some sort of anti-hero but loses sight of giving him an alternative viewpoint to battle against and is, often, coming off looking like an unlikable hypocrite who, at one point, argues in favor of gun control but then states people need to get guns to kill the rich. Boll’s message he is trying to convey through Williamson is muddled, messy, and not well thought out. It’s comes off like pseudo-intellectual crap rather than a real message about the state the world is in.
|And this shot was all that was needed for gun nuts to declare this the greatest |
film ever made.
|I'm not even going to caption this, just look at that face.|
|"What are your demands, Williamson? Wut? Is my refrigerator running?|
I dunno, I'll have to check."
|And Williamson is giving a little girl a gun and telling her|
to shoot her parents. I sure hope anyone who actually
finds themselves agreeing with this character
automatically finds themselves on a watch list.
|A real twist would have been that Williamson was actually a bunch of squirrels|
underneath that armor.