Outrage: Born in Terror (II) (2009)
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Originally merely titled Outrage until Phase 4 Films decided to add the phrase "Born in Terror" to make it one of the most oddly sounding titles in quite a while, the DVD for this backwoods thriller directed and co-written by Ace Cruz (Desert of Death) is slotted for a September 14th release. The only DVD extra will be the film's trailer, and what a trailer it is.
Christine takes her best friend with another couple for a final vacation when she goes to close up
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After a too-long foray into less-than-successful experimentation, classic Kitano is back with Outrage. The trailer is below.
The story begins with Sekiuchi (Kitamura Soichiro), boss of the Sannokai, a huge organised crime syndicate controlling the entire Kanto region, issuing a stern warning to his lieutenant Kato (Miura Tomokazu) and right-hand man Ikemoto (Kunimura Jun), head of the Ikemoto-gumi. Kato orders Ikemoto to bring the unassociated Murase-gumi gang in line, and he immediately passes the task on to his subordinate Otomo (Beat Takeshi), who runs his own crew. The tricky jobs that no-one wants to do always end up in Otomo's lap...
Some have found his films over the last few years to have been a bit on the snoozer side of things and it was assumed that Kitano had lost the energy that had made his early work so enjoyable but it looks like the old Kitano is back (to the happy cries of many a fan).
The official synopsis:
The story begins with Sekiuchi (Kitamura Soichiro), boss of the Sannokai, a huge organised crime syndicate controlling the entire Kanto region, issuing a stern warning to his lieutenant Kato (Miura Tomokazu) and right-hand man Ikemoto (Kunimura Jun), head of the Ikemoto-gumi. Kato orders Ikemoto to bring the unassociated Murase-gumi gang in line, and he
Michael Madsen is an ex special forces officer who decides to go on a crime rampage with his hillbilly friends. Yet, the film constantly interlays a narrative about healing rocks, positivity, and a social message that states "violence begets violence." Breaking up the action far too many times with too many message Outrage fails to entertain. But that is not all.
The dubbing of the film is obvious and was performed in post-production. A film needs to get the basics right in order to receive a passing grade.
(Michael Allen) Hello Ace, how are you doing? Are you talking to me from California?
(Ace Cruz) Yes, I am
A synopsis for Outrage here:
"Christine takes her friends, Trey, Molly (Natasha Lyonne) and Jack, for one last vacation before she must sell her family's hunting lodge in the remote woods of Northern Georgia, a place that's also the scene of her worst childhood trauma. Things get worse when it turns out the lodge is in use as a hideout by men who just escaped from a military prison an ex-military sniper, Farragut (Michael Madsen), and his two accomplices,
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