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When an ex-mobster’s daughter is found dead, the repressed return with a vengeance that feels more like a whimper in “Rage,” a silly and shopworn Nicolas Cage action vehicle that plays like a poor man’s “Taken,” “Mystic River” and “A History of Violence” rolled into one. Proficiently made but fatally unpersuasive in its portrayal of internecine gang warfare, this thuggish melodrama piles on the foreign accents and paint-by-numbers brutality, all served up with a grim, operatic self-seriousness that gives Cage’s antihero little room to maneuver. Spanish genre helmer Paco Cabezas’ English-language debut will find a few fans on VOD, where it’s rolling out simultaneously with its limited theatrical release.
Commercially and, er, culturally speaking, “Rage” is unlikely to do for Cage what the “Taken” movies have done for Liam Neeson; as scripted by James Agnew and Sean Keller (who previously collaborated on Dario Argento’s ill-fated »
- Justin Chang
Nicolas Cage? Nicolas Rage, right? Eh? Anyone? Fine… The new trailer for the distinctly Taken-esque Rage has arrived online, featuring The Cage as a man on a desperate mission.Rage, which was once called Tokarev, finds Cage in pulpy thriller mode as Paul Maguire, a former criminal who is trying to put that life behind him and stay on the straight and narrow. But his daughter Caitlin (Aubrey Peeples) is swiped from home and Paul must track down the people responsible. So far, so Bryan Mills, but the twist comes with Paul’s dodgy past, which means that there are any number of suspects who could have snatched his daughter, and that the police, including Danny Glover’s detective, are keeping an eye on our hero to make sure he doesn’t break the law. So how is he to save Caitlin?The likes of Peter Stomare, Rachel Nichols, Max Ryan »
Previously titled Tokarev, and released under that name in some international territories, Nicolas Cage’s latest action-crime-thriller, Rage, will be released via VOD next month, ahead of a theatrical release stateside in July.
With just over a month before it lands digitally, Yahoo Movies has debuted the first Us trailer and poster. Cage is of course very well-versed in a genre like this, and remains amongst the most prolific within it.
When the Russian mob kidnaps the daughter of a reformed criminal, he rounds up his old crew and seeks his own brand of justice.
Starring alongside Cage will be Rachel Nichols, Max Ryan, Michael McGrady, Peter Stormare, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Patrice Cols, Weston Cage, Max Fowler, Aubrey Peeples, and Jack Falahee, with Danny Glover also making an appearance.
Spanish helmer Paco Cabezas (The Appeared) is said to have been sought by Cage to take the director’s chair, with »
- Kenji Lloyd
3 items from 2014
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