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RAGE (1995) ***

Gary Daniels is on his way home from dropping his daughter off at a sleepover when he gets abducted by some shady scientists who want to turn him into a human lab rat. They shoot him up full of Crazy Juice and pretty soon, Gary is kickboxing the shit out of anything with a heartbeat. Naturally, the sinister agents behind the experiment want to put Daniels down like a dog, but with some help from a nosy reporter, Gary eventually turns the tables on his tormentors.

Rage is a rather spectacular (well, for a PM movie anyway) Gary Daniels vehicle. It’s got tons of action and plenty of goofy scenes to make it memorable. We get a pretty great tanker truck chase as well as a fun scene where Daniels plays chicken with a bus. But while the action is solid through and through, it’s the bizarre little asides that make Rage so much fun. My favorite moment came when Daniels sneaks into someone’s home to use their phone. Little does he know it’s the home of a dominatrix and her sissy slave. What follows is probably the greatest Dominatrix and Her Sissy Slave vs. Gary Daniels fight in cinema history.

Daniels is off the chain in this movie. He’s charming and likeable in the early scenes and a total badass once he becomes a drug-induced kickboxing madman. If you’re a Daniels fan, you really owe it to yourself to see him in this, if only for the incredible scene where he kickboxes the crap out of people while trapped in a straightjacket.

For the first hour, I thought Rage was going to be a classic. Sadly, it loses lot of its traction once the gratuitous TV reporter subplot takes over. It’s here when the movie tries to make a statement about the media and the nation’s inclination to condemn somebody of a crime before they’re proven innocent. Well, a movie like Rage doesn’t need any heavy-handed messages like that. It just needs Gary Daniels kicking the snot out of people for 94 minutes.

Sure, the movie makes some missteps in the third act. That was to be expected I guess. However, the shootout in a video store finale pretty much makes up for it. I especially loved the fact that the store’s inventory consisted of nothing but movies from the PM back catalogue. I think if more movies ended with a shootout in a video store, the world would be a much better place. Don’t ‘cha think?

AKA: Speed Rage.

Required Reading:

Comeuppance Reviews’ review of Rage: http://www.comeuppancereviews.com/2012/05/rage-1995.html

Direct to Video Connoisseur’s review of Rage: http://www.mattmovieguy.com/2009/09/rage-1995.html

MonsterHunter’s review of Rage: http://monsterhunter.coldfusionvideo.com/2009/08/rage-1995/

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collectedcinema
May. 8th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
Cracking Gary Daniels flick - just about makes it in to my top 5 for him. Other good ones to check out include: Bloodmoon, Cold Harvest and Riot.
thevideovacuum
May. 8th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
It's definitely my favorite solo effort of his so far. I have Riot on my Netflix Queue, but it's one of those VERY LONG WAIT deals.
comeuppancereviews.com
May. 8th, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
Great review, buddy! Thanks for the plug too.

Definitely agree about the Tv reporter, he brought the movie down a bit.
thevideovacuum
May. 9th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed your review as well. I also got Hawk's Vengeance on tap for later in the week too.
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