Rampage (2009 film)

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Rampage

Official Teaser Poster
Directed byUwe Boll
Produced byDan Clarke
Written byUwe Boll
StarringBrendan Fletcher
Michael Paré
Shaun Sipos
Lynda Boyd
Robert Clarke
Music byJessica de Rooij
CinematographyMathias Neumann
Editing byUwe Boll
StudioBrightlight Pictures
Boll Kino Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG
Pitchblack Pictures Inc.
Distributed byBoll KG
Phase 4 Films
Release date(s)
  • August 14, 2009 (2009-08-14) (Phantasmagoria Film Festival)
  • April 29, 2010 (2010-04-29) (Germany)
Running time85 minutes
CountryUnited States
Canada
Germany
LanguageEnglish
 
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Rampage

Official Teaser Poster
Directed byUwe Boll
Produced byDan Clarke
Written byUwe Boll
StarringBrendan Fletcher
Michael Paré
Shaun Sipos
Lynda Boyd
Robert Clarke
Music byJessica de Rooij
CinematographyMathias Neumann
Editing byUwe Boll
StudioBrightlight Pictures
Boll Kino Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG
Pitchblack Pictures Inc.
Distributed byBoll KG
Phase 4 Films
Release date(s)
  • August 14, 2009 (2009-08-14) (Phantasmagoria Film Festival)
  • April 29, 2010 (2010-04-29) (Germany)
Running time85 minutes
CountryUnited States
Canada
Germany
LanguageEnglish

Rampage is a 2009 mass murder thriller film directed by Uwe Boll and starring Brendan Fletcher, Michael Paré, Shaun Sipos, Lynda Boyd and Robert Clarke.[1] Also appearing were Matt Frewer, Katharine Isabelle and Michaela Mann. Unlike many of Boll's previous directorial efforts, and despite sharing the name of a video game series, Rampage was not an adaptation of a video game. Both Lynda Boyd and Shaun Sipos also played in the movie Final Destination 2 together.

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Plot

In the fictional town of Tenderville, Oregon, Bill Williamson, a 23-year-old man, drives up to a nearby forest and places a bag in an abandoned barrel before setting it ablaze. Two days earlier, Bill is living with his parents and working a low-paid job as a mechanic, feeling bombarded with the problems of the world, by ubiquitous TV sets, radios, and the views of 21-year-old Evan Drince, who seems to be his sole friend. Bill's parents ask him to move out. Bill leaves for work, stopping to get coffee along the way, and argues with the shop owner when he is unsatisfied with his coffee. At work, he is victimized by his boss.

Back at home, Bill constructs a suit of body armor, complete with a ballistic helmet and a paintball mask. Armed with two submachine guns, he heads into the center of town. First, he incapacitates the police by car-bombing their headquarters with a remote-controlled, bomb-loaded van. He then walks through the streets, shooting people at random, and stops to kill the coffee shop owner. Two police officers open fire on him, but Bill's armor blocks the bullets and he kills both officers. He goes into a salon filled with several hiding women and takes off his mask in order to get a drink before leaving without shooting anyone, but then returns after realizing he revealed his identity to the salon occupants, all of which he kills.

Bill goes unnoticed into a bingo parlor, orders a sandwich, harasses the host, and leaves without shooting anyone. He concludes his rampage by robbing a bank, killing some of the employees and customers when they attempt to subdue him. Outside the bank, he secretly switches the money he stole with fake money and burns the fake money, shouting money is worthless and causes the problems of the world.

After killing a restaurant waitress while fleeing, Bill calls Evan, who is in a forest nearby expecting him for a mano-a-mano paintball competition. Bill drives to the forest and is pursued by several police officers, led by Sheriff Melvoy. Bill kills most of the officers with explosives and flees into the forest, pursued by Melvoy, the only surviving policeman. When he arrives at the forest, Bill ambushes Melvoy, stabbing him and leaving him to die. Finding Evan, Bill immobilizes him with a stun gun. He then places a pistol in Evan's hand and shoots him in the head to give the illusion of suicide. Bill puts the armor suit and weapons on Evan's corpse, leaves the forest, and burns remaining evidence in a barrel.

Bill then returns home before his parents arrive with horror stories about the killings in town. While they are conversing in front of the television, news stations report that they have identified the killer as Evan, and that at least 93 people have been killed in the rampage. In his room, while packing his belongings and the stolen bank money, Bill hears a local television news report that police have arrested Evan's father, an activist during the Vietnam War era, who is accusing Bill of the crime and claiming the innocence of his son. The story concludes with a home video of Bill announcing his departure on a personal quest to unknown whereabouts, to further reduce the world's population. Text indicates Bill had disappeared from that point on, and two years later, his video recording found its way onto the Internet.[2][3][4]

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Release

While receiving a theatrical opening in Boll's native Germany, the film is a direct-to-video project in the US and was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on June 1, 2010, by Phase 4 Films.[5][6]

Reception

Not widely reviewed, Rampage received mixed response, and was noted by Bloody Disgusting for director Uwe Boll's "evolution" in style, "almost as if the German Ed Wood has taken a deep look into the mirror, reflected on his films, and made a turn for the better".[7] In contrast Variety called it "uncompromising and nearly unwatchable (as much for its subject as for its nauseating visual style)".[8]

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