Sunday, August 10, 2014


Releases on Blu-Ray, DVD, VOD August 12th, 2014 (Theaters limited release July 11th, 2014)
1 hr 38 mins
Not Rated
Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller


Director: Paco Cabezas


Nicolas Cage as Paul Maguire
Rachel Nichols as Vanessa Maguire
Max Ryan as Kane
Michael McGrady as Danny Doherty
Peter Stormare as Francis O'Connell
Pasha D. Lychnikoff as Chernov
Patrice Cols as Anton
Weston Cage as Young Paul
Max Fowler as Mike
Aubrey Peeples as Caitlin Maguire
Jack Falahee as Evan
Danny Glover as Det. Peter St. John
Ron Goleman as Detective Hanson
Michael Papajohn as Vory
Amir Zandi as Young Doherty (as Amir Zandi-Karimi)
Jon Dannelley as Young Kane

Review by Stephen M.

Rage brings back my favorite relic hunter Nicholas Cage as Paul Maguire, a wealthy businessman with a dark criminal past.  Paul has a beautiful daughter Caitlin (Aubrey Peeples) and wife Vanessa (Rachel Nichols) whose lives are torn apart when one of them goes missing.  Paul's past is immediately to blame, and he goes on a rampage with his former friends to open doors and break heads.

It's been a long time since I've seen a good Nicholas Cage movie not including the animated film The Croods.  Rage continues the trend of mediocrity unfortunately, with supbar acting and a generic plot.  Perhaps I am too accustomed to Cage in other roles, so that his performance in Rage appears to me to be out of place.  The other characters in the film including Paul's friends Max Ryan as Kane, and Michael McGrady as Danny Doherty are good but nothing to write home about.  Same with Aubrey Peeples as Caitlin Maguire, whom you'll see as the lead in Jem and the Holograms in 2016.   Danny Glover whom I haven't seen in awhile has a small role, but irks me in what his character does or rather doesn't do as a senior detective who knows what Cage's character has been up to in their town.

The positives for the film would be the gun battles and the fisticuffs as Paul tries to uncover the truth if you're into the violence of mob or revenge movies.  I like Pasha D. Lychnikoff as Chernov, whom Paul accuses of the abduction and subsequent mess.  His scene involving Paul's friend Max is great despite knowing what the eventual outcome would be.  And I guess that's part of the problem with the film is how predictable it can be even the little twist at the end.  Even before that, Paul's old boss Francis O'Connell (Peter Stormare) meets up with Chernov who has an army of men, while only bringing one bodyguard.  You can easily surmise an unhappy ending for O'Connell.

Overall, I would recommend waiting for this one to be on Netflix or cable if you have it.  There are just better abduction (Taken), revenge (Payback) and Nicolas Cage (Con Air) films out there than Rage.  The DVD includes additional material such as deleted scenes and an alternate ending.  As much as I didn't like the ending of Rage, the alternate ending is much worst.  I did however like the deleted scene of Caitlin with her friends at her home leading up to the incident.


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