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The financial crisis left countless Americans economically devalued and emotionally demoralized, but only one was desperate enough to pick up an assault rifle and strike back. Dominic Purcell plays that guy — a fictitious avatar for the country’s collective outrage — in Uwe Boll’s “Assault on Wall Street,” an ugly, unusually audience-pandering thriller from the prickly German director behind such mass-killing sprees as “Postal” and “Rampage,” this one playing like “Margin Call” with grenades. After half a dozen botched vidgame adaptations, this risible mad-as-hell subgenre could be Boll’s forte. Opening in one theater and on-demand, the low-budget effort will go virtually unnoticed.

Whereas most auteurs view filmmaking as an art form, Boll treats it more like a form of anger management, working out his aggression one schlock opera at a time. Now that audiences have grown bored of his brand of incompetence (online, he’s known as the worst »


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