Rampage was released in 2009. It’s a mass murder thriller and lives up to the name. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I first began watching the film, but I’m glad I stayed to finish it. Rampage stars Brendan Fletcher, Michael Paré, Shaun Sipos, Lynda Boyd, and Robert Clarke. The plot is pretty easy to follow and understand.
It takes place in a fictional town in Oregon called Tenderville and follows Bill Williamson (Brendan Fletcher) who is a 23 year old man that still lives with his parents (Lynda Boyd and Robert Clarke). He works as a mechanic where he is victimized by his boss. His parents want him to move out of their house and start his own life while he has other ideas in mind. Added onto the issues with his job and his parents, Bill is constantly being exposed to the problems of the world through television, radio, and his friend Evan Drince (Shaun Sipos) who is highly critical of the human species. After talking with Evan, Bill goes home to assemble a suit of body armor and arms himself with two submachine guns. He drives to the center of town and all hell breaks loose.
The characters in Rampage are slightly underdeveloped and most are just there to move the plot along. Bill’s character seems to be the only character that has more development than the others. When he goes “crazy,” he does have a reason for doing so. The movie points out that the news reports are a main reason he goes on a rampage killing innocent people. Of course, he could have had a better reason but this is what makes the movie so interesting. It’s ambiguous in the sense that it makes the viewer decide why Bill decided to kill people in his town. Was it truly because he was disgusted at what the people in the world are capable of or was it due to the fact that he finally snapped? The interpretation is left up to the viewer to figure out for himself/herself.
At times, the fast paced movements of the camera makes it difficult to fully see what’s going on, but it adds to the hostility and panic that the film is trying to show the audience. In a situation as this film demonstrates, the environment wouldn’t be calm and steady but full of terror and chaos.
I was surprised by the ending of the film. While watching, I was coming up with ways that it could end, but I never came up with what actually happened. It was clever, and I wasn’t expecting it at all. It even added more depth to Bill’s character.
This movie does live up to its genre by showing a devastating mass murder of innocent lives. As a disclaimer, this movie is not for the faint of heart and could really upset some people. It’s a disturbing film, and the ending will not satisfy some viewers. Even though it’s quite a dark movie, I think that it’s worth watching.
My Rating: ★★★★