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Capital Punishment (2014)

Rampage: Capital Punishment (original title)
A man takes over a TV station and holds a number of hostages as a political platform to awaken humanity, instead of money.

Director:

Uwe Boll

Writers:

Uwe Boll (screenplay), Uwe Boll | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Brendan Fletcher ... Bill Williamson
Lochlyn Munro ... Chip Parker - The News Anchor
Mike Dopud ... Marc
Michaela Mann ... Marlene
Bruce Blain ... The Homeless Guy
John Sampson ... John
Nathan Lehfeldt Nathan Lehfeldt ... Office Guy / SWAT Guy
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Violent anti-hero Bill Williamson has a plan to change the world by exacting vengeance on the rich, and ripping Washington apart. He holds a number of people hostage and uses his captives as his political platform to spread his message and awaken humanity. It's time to destroy the system, and change won't happen peacefully. Written by Garrett Taylor

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Brendan Fletcher and Lochlyn Munro both starred in Freddy vs. Jason (2003). See more »

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During the shootout in the TV studio basement, white BBs fired by the SWAT team can be seen bouncing around Bill and the filing cabinet he is hiding behind. See more »

Quotes

Bill Williamson: Are you one of those... um... rich housewives. Bored out of their minds. Their nannies do all the work. They have better relationship with your children than you do? And... you know, still you... cause you... you become a yoga teacher. When the children fall and scrape their knee... Who do they run to? They run to their nanny, they don't run to you. What are you going to do? Because you're too busy all being a yoga teacher, right? You think you have a rich husband? Say, he is a lawyer. So he ...
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References RoboCop (1987) See more »

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A complete 180 compared to the first film.
29 September 2014 | by rushknightSee all my reviews

Mr. Boll's first Rampage was a pointless rage against humanity. He spent our precious minutes throwing some swill our way about how humanity was expanding past the point of sustainability, and that the only solution was to kill some people off. And that was the whole of it. Kill people. No justifications and no reason for them. Just kill lots of people.

While I disagreed with the premise, the plot had a simple purity and made for a pretty viciously entertaining movie.

When I heard about a sequel, my first thought was, "Oh please don't ruin it by trying to develop this madman." Unfortunately, Mr. Boll has done just that by opening his big mouth.

Mr. Boll apparently has the social and political comprehension of a child, and he displays his ignorance proudly in this movie, which can best be described as a simple tantrum.

I think he might believe that this second movie expounds upon the "fine points" of the first film, but in reality all it does is drown them in paranoia rhetoric that contradicts itself even as it spews from the mouth of the main actor. Mr. Boll attempts to bury us in just about every politically motivated, paranoid conspiratorial bit of garbage he can dig up from any sort of anarchistic whacko out there.

Far from being convincing, it made me roll my eyes. Oh good grief. I've heard all this ridiculous ranting before, and from the mouths of better men. His ranting contributes very little to the plot of the film, and instead confuses the hell out of the viewer. I pity anyone who listens to this garbage and accepts it on it's face value.

WHAT POINT EXACTLY is Mr. Boll trying to make with this.. art? That democracy is dead and we'll all be better off if we behave like the anti-hero? Shooting people just for fun? Mr. Boll wants us to kill the rich? Sure. As long as Mr. Boll knows that he falls into that proper category. President Bush is evil? Heard this before a million times while he was in office. I'm hearing it more and more now that he's out of office, with the current administration trying to blame the previous president for everything it can't sort out for itself. The U.S. has NO GUN CONTROL?? Mr. Boll, are you completely oblivious?

The protagonist is asked a few times by other actors what solutions he suggests. His answer is repeatedly something along the lines of (I'll paraphrase), "Hey! Don't look at me! I just shoot people." Rather than being interesting, it comes off as merely offensive.

What it comes down to is that Mr. Boll tried to make a "point" with this film, which was a huge mistake. It's convoluted and redundant. The main character's motives, which were so clear and sinister in the first film, have suddenly become a pointless splatter of insipid demagoguery. He should have just stuck with killing people for fun.

It would have made more sense.

I'm still rating the movie a "6" because it was well made, and I'm not so petty that I give poor scores to well made films just because I hate the politics of the writer.


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