Movie Review: Rage



Available on Blu-ray and DVD is the action thriller Rage staring Nicolas Cage and Danny Glover.

Nicolas Cage stars as Paul McGuire. Paul and his buddies Danny (Michael McGrady) and Kane (Max Ryan) are hardened criminals. Blood shed and violence are a part of their world. 

The three men were able to intercept a delivery of a large sum of money for a crime boss. They hid the money so they would not be caught and agreed to meet up years later to split it between the three of them.

Years later the men do meet up and split the money. Paul chooses to use his share of the money to end his life of crime and lead a normal, law abiding existence. He starts his own construction company and marries a beautiful woman name Vanessa and together they have a daughter named Caitlin.

Paul is still friends with his former crime boss O’Connell (Peter Stormare). O’Connell is also still in touch with Paul’s former crime buddies.

One evening when Paul and Vanessa are out to eat they are approached by a Police Detective named St. John (Danny Glover). Paul knows him from his criminal past. 

St. John is not there to investigate Paul but rather to inform Paul and Vanessa that their daughter was taken from their home and is being held hostage by some Russian thugs. The Police are investigating and trying to do the best they can to find Caitlin.

Paul feels that this was done in retaliation for taking the money years ago. He knows how these men are and decides to take things into his own hands and look for Vanessa himself. With the help of his friends Kane and Danny, Paul sets out to find his daughter. He’ll stop at nothing even if it means returning to his violent past.

Rage Screen Shot

Will Paul find his daughter before it’s too late? Will Paul end up losing himself – or his life – in the process? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Rage. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

This film was a bit too violent for me. I’m OK with violence in films, per say, but this was a wee bit too much for me. I understand it was necessary for the story line but I think they could have toned it down just a bit.

I’m a fan of Nicolas Cage. Admittedly he has been in some really awful movies before, but he’s also done some great films too. Rage is not one of his better films.

If you like action films and a lot of “bang-bang-shoot-’em-up” type of films then you’ll certainly enjoy Rage. This is more of a “guy’s” film and it’s certainly not “family friendly”.

Don’t get me wrong – a lot of the action scenes were pretty cool and some of the gun fights were fine. I just think in some cases the violence went overboard.

There are some bonus features on the DVD included deleted scenes and an alternate ending (I won’t give away either ending). I can see why they deleted those scenes. They really didn’t “make or break” the film.

I always enjoy a behind the scenes look at the making of films. Rage includes a featurette called The Making of Rage which is worth watching.

Here is the film’s trailer for your entertainment.



*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in way. 

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