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The Aggression Scale (2012)

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Four heavily armed hitmen and two unusual teenagers go to war over $500,000 of stolen cash.


Steven C. Miller


Ben Powell
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Cast overview:
Ryan Hartwig ... Owen
Fabianne Therese ... Lauren
Ray Wise ... Bellavance
Dana Ashbrook ... Lloyd
Derek Mears ... Chissolm
Jacob Reynolds ... Freddie
Joseph McKelheer ... Wydofski
Boyd Kestner ... Bill
Lisa Rotondi ... Maggie
Eben Kostbar Eben Kostbar ... Lawyer
Stephen Dodd Stephen Dodd ... Accountant
Joe Fiorie Joe Fiorie ... Eugene
Jill Burress Jill Burress ... Kay
Trevor Gross Trevor Gross ... Bellavance's Son
Stephanie Sheak Stephanie Sheak ... Jogger


When out-on-bail mob boss Bellavance discovers that $500,000 of his money is missing, he sends four hardcore hit men to send a "loud and messy" message to the suspected thieves' families. But when the killers invade the Rutledge home, they'll meet the household's emotionally disturbed young son Owen. Owen has a history of violent behavior, knows how to make lethal booby-traps and is about to teach these thugs some deadly lessons in extreme vengeance. Written by jane smith

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aggression Scale - Der Killer in dir See more »

Filming Locations:

Rochester, New York, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Fun, Suspenseful, and Very Entertaining... Blu-ray: Excellent A:9 V:9
12 October 2012 | by lathe-of-heavenSee all my reviews

This was good...

I know I don't normally start off that simply, but it really was quite good. I almost didn't recognize ol' Dana 'Bobby' Ashbrook with his white hair, but hey, it HAS been over 20 years for Goodness' sake! And, how absolutely cool is it to see a film with TWO 'Twin Peaks' alumni in it?! I frigg'n LOVE Ray Wise (he was just about THE best actor in 'TP' with Bobby being the 2nd - He really blew rings around the dull-@ss James character!) But, ol' Ray really doesn't have a whole lot to do here. Actually, if you do like him and you like Horror, the Indie film 'DEAD END' is a much better example of where he really has a chance to shine in his role (I HIGHLY recommend that one!)

Sure, this movie isn't exactly rocket science, but I honestly felt that it was very sharp, competently put together, and very well written, acted, and directed. The extras are kinda fun, watching the interviews and the 'Behind the scenes' stuff. Like the director said in his comments, they tried to create a 'Home Invasion' type film, but with strong, believable, 3 dimensional bad guys. This is a good, solid thriller. And DUDE, whomEVER is responsible for the shorts that the girl wore can have WHATEVER the hell they want! : ) The pacing is very strong. I thought that most of the acting was really carried by the bad guys. I found them extremely intriguing, odd, and interesting. The little bald guy looked like SUCH a dweeb, but he had a certain off-beat vibe going that worked really well. And the big bald guy had a really intriguing depth to his character. I like Dana Ashbrook, but his character here didn't really allow him much latitude in his performance; I actually had his Dad, Buddy Ashbrook as a teacher in an acting class at Palomar college about 30 years ago (In the Northern San Diego area - I live about 3 miles from there now :) I REALLY dug Dana's role in 'TWIN PEAKS'; I truly wish he had had more of a chance to do a lot of other films. I think I first remember seeing him as a teen in 'A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET' (1984) along with a VERY young Johnny Depp in his first role.

Anyway, sorry to meander all around the place here... Basically if you want some good ol' Thriller entertainment where the bad guys take a deserved and gruesome pounding, then you really should enjoy this one. The reviewers here who didn't like it obviously don't like these kind of films and so shouldn't be watching them, and particularly NOT trashing them here... I mean, I personally do NOT like 'Torture Porn' films in any way, shape, or form, but you won't see me coming here, writing reviews dumping all over the 'HOSTEL' & 'SAW' films. What's the point...? Let those who truly LIKE those kind of films talk about them and review them; that way, a person who ALSO likes similar films can hopefully benefit from a helpful review from people who also enjoy them...

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