Movie Defense Force: Rampage

Jimothy Sterling

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Rampage

Most of you will know Uwe Boll for BloodRayne, or Postal, or any number of critically mauled videogame films. He did, however, make this non-game related foray into American violence ... and it's really not bad at all.

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Ariseishirou

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Nice review, Jim. Haven't seen it, but based on the clips you showed, there's just one problem in taking that one seriously in terms of gritty realism: why is everyone Hollywood thin?

I don't live in America but I've traveled there often and at no point have I ever walked through an American city or small town and encountered nothing but people with sub-20 BMIs. It just smacks "dude goes on a rampage and kills a bunch of actors" as opposed to "dude goes on a rampage and kills and bunch of people" to me and ruins the suspension of disbelief.
 

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Saw this movie a few times, its awesome, clever in its way with the ending. How the main character planned everything and how he did it. Worse part is, he is a likable guy.

Uwe boll seems to make good movies when he writes them himself. I enjoyed (well it was good, but very dark) movie Seed, and Tunnel Rats is a good Vietnam war movie set in the tunnels the Viet Cong dug, and the nightmare the soldiers faced fighting in them. Ive nor seen Darfur as yet, but thats supposed to be good as well.

Just seems his game related movies suck ass.
 

Jimothy Sterling

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I wouldn't call this American violence, I'd call it violence.
It's only living in America that makes it easier to pull off.
Ariseishirou said:
Nice review, Jim. Haven't seen it, but based on the clips you showed, there's just one problem in taking that one seriously in terms of gritty realism: why is everyone Hollywood thin?
Hollywood thin? Really? I must live in Hollywood then.
I don't live in America but I've traveled there often and at no point have I ever walked through an American city or small town and encountered nothing but people with sub-20 BMIs.You've obviously never eaten in a StarBucks during an election year.
 

Ariseishirou

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DVS BSTrD said:
I wouldn't call this American violence, I'd call it violence.
But everyone's speaking in an American accent.

Hollywood thin? Really? I must live in Hollywood then.
Where do you live, then? CDC stats list the average BMI of every single state but Utah as overweight, and Utah is under by a sliver (http://www.insureme.com/insurance/bmi-index-state)>

You've obviously never eaten in a StarBucks during an election year.
I think it's "Starbucks" and yes, I absolutely have. And there were plenty of fat people in it. Or are you suggesting that they stuff them full of thin people on purpose during election years for the cameras? Because that proves my point, really.
 

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I saw this one a couple years ago at the request of friends and other online personalities. I have to say that I quite enjoyed it. I would also recommend that people watch it.
 

Jimothy Sterling

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Indeed Rampage was actually pretty good. No I don't mean super-polished-entertainment-good like The Matrix, or surprisingly-intelligent-good like Eternal Sunshine, not even flawed-jewel-good like some... But still, pretty good.

I think it's starting to show that Boll isn't incompetent. He obviously has some vision as a director, he just doesn't, or rather didn't have enough skill to pull it off. Now he's finally learning some moviemaking ropes and I think he's beginning to understand how to translate his ideas into actual movies.

I honestly believe Rampage is exactly the movie he wanted to make and I can't think of any other director who would make this movie exactly like Boll did.

I think that whoever shuns and badmouths this movie, is way too spoiled by typical Hollywood (or even indie) movies to see that almost no movie ever shows reality like Rampage.
 

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I've honestly always liked this movie.

I think a huge problem I've had with Uwe is that as he got better at making movies, they went from being entertainingly bad to just plain bad. If everything he'd done had stayed at "House of the Dead" levels of horrible I would own his entire library. Instead he actually started to develop a style... albeit a style that was in direct confrontation with the properties he chose to work with. This movie had proven to me that he can pull off a film and do it well, he just needs the proper (and hopefully original, so he's not crushing any fans dreams) subject matter.

...either that or he's a genius of Andy Kaufman-esque proportions and he's just been trolling us on purpose, which I also find plausible being as he's somehow been able to find amazing actors to be in his films (read: Ben Kingsly) and gotten them to give the worst performance of their lives (read: Bloodrayne).
 

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Looks like the suit was inspired by The Red Spectacles of Mamuro Oshi. Another great film which the anime Jin Roh comes from. Good stuff to know about.
 

Lev The Red

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great video, but i have one issue with something you said (though, i may be over-thinking it).

is Bill really an anti-hero? anti-heroes, while not totally heroic, have some redeeming qualities. they may use questionable methods, have controversial opinions or world views, but they ultimately do/are trying to do good. Bill doesn't really have any redeeming qualities, and definitely doesn't have a positive impact on his world. he's just someone who is (perhaps rightfully so) angry at the society he lives in, so he starts killing it.

Bill is the protagonist of Rampage, sure, but that doesn't mean he's a hero. Stories don't have to have heroes (A Clockwork Orange), and the heroes don't have to be the protagonist (Richard III)

edit - i take back what i said. an english-major friend of mine says that antiheroes don't have to be redeeming.
 

shrekfan246

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Haven't seen it myself (or any other Boll movies to my recollection), but this is one of the few Boll films I've heard get positive reactions, and pretty much the only one that I've heard received quite a large number of positive reactions. I believe it's his highest ranked IMDb listing (though I could easily be wrong).

Funny that he still managed to use the name of a video game franchise for it, though.
 

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Oddly enough I watched like 30 seconds of this yesterday on Netflix before rewatching the new Archer episodes. Netflix has been suggesting this for 2 years now and maybe I'll give it a chance.
 

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My only complaint with the film is the ending.

The whole reason for the violence was to hide a bank robbery. Seriously, that's why the character killed all those people was to steal a bunch of cash. I think it would have been better if the character had just been living out some strange psychotic fantasy.

Though I do think this is a very well done film, and definitely Uwe Boll's best film, recent events have made it very difficult to show to other people.
 

Canadamus Prime

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I haven't seen that movie, but I already know that serial killers are human. That's what makes their actions all the more disturbing.
 

Frybird

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Sorry...no, just no.

Just because Rampage is not nearly as awful as...Bloodrayne or something, it doesn't mean that it isn't bad.

It's really...really awful.

The acting is mediocre, but otherwise it is badly written thanks to the endless rambling of the protagonists and the thinly veiled two dimensionality of the people around him, awfully directed and highly unengaging (trying to avoid "boring" here because i do not want to imply a film about a homicidal rampage has to be "fun"). In the end, i'd argue that the movie is in a way even worse than his usual output because you cannot even really make fun of it.

Having a movie taking it's subject matter seriously and not being exploitative may be an indication that a movie MIGHT be good, but it doesn't make it so. And Rampage is a prime example.

Avoid.
 

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Haven't seen it but I can say that I absolutely despise the overuse of shaky-cam. It can be employed to great effect when used sparingly and with restraint, but intentionally wobbling the camera all over the place is just irritating and a sign of shoddy film making.
 

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I heard somewhere years ago that most if not all of Uwe Boll's movies were part of some sort of German tax write off scheme and that they were intentionally shitty so they wouldn't make their money back.

The only Uwe Boll movie I've intentionally watched was Postal because the RWS guys had were fairly involved in the making of it and it knew that it was going to be shit so it just kind of reveled in it which helped it turn out to be pretty alright by videogame movie standards.