Now available on VOD (Video on Demand) and streaming services, such as iTunes, is the Australian revenge thriller, Rage.
Rage stars Matt Theo (Night Shift), Hayley Beveridge (Dead Moon Circus) and Richard Norton (Mad Max: Fury Road), Rage aims to explore the aftermath of trauma, the expectations of modern marriage, revenge, and infidelity.
Rage is the story about a married couple, Noah (Theo) and Madeline (Beveridge).
From the beginning, viewers can see that they are not a happy couple. They seem to argue over the littlest thing. There also does not seem to be any more love left between them. Madeline loves Noah, but he does not seem to reciprocate her feelings. The film’s dark and dreary cinematography only adds to the couple’s discontent.
To make matters worse, Madeline suspects that Noah is having an affair. Her suspicions are correct.
One evening, Madeline and her sister were viciously attacked by masked intruders in their home. The violent attacks lead to two deaths, Noah in a coma and Madeline (“Maddie”) in a traumatized state where she doesn’t speak, and she sleepwalks.
After the incident, Noah learns a secret his wife was hiding from him too. Something that could change things.
One of the attackers escapes, and it is up to Detective Bennet (Norton) to help solve this “who done it” crime drama.
Who attacked Maddie, and why? Will the crime ever be solved? What will become of the couple? To find out, you need to check out Rage. Look for it on VOD and streaming services.
This film is not for everyone. The movie lasts for over two hours. I watched this film with my husband and he “checked out” about an hour into it. The film has a run time of two hours and twenty three minutes (including ending credits). I feel like the film would have been better if it was an hour and a half (or at least less than two hours). I expect epic films, such as Star Wars or an Avengers movie to be over two hours long, not a “who-done-it” crime thriller.
The cinematography and music really adds to this film. Almost the entire movie is dark and dreary, and the music is melancholy.
As far as the acting goes, in the beginning, Noah (Theo) wasn’t someone I liked at all. He came across as very arrogant and heartless. On the flip side, Maddie (Beveridge) oozed sadness and despair, making her someone you want to root for in hopes that she finds happiness away from Noah.
I’m not sure how I feel about Norton. He played the role of detective very well, but some how I don’t feel like he was the right fit for this film. I know that sounds peculiar, but that is how I feel. He’s a good actor, but there was just something about his character in this film that seemed “off.”
This film is violent, including graphic scenes and rape. It’s not for everyone. I can understand why the viloence was needed (to get across the point that Maddie and Noah were attacked), but I think the film went a little overboard. I think it was a bit too violence. I think they could have toned it down a bit, or at least elude to Maddie being raped instead of showing it.
There is also sex and nudity in this film.
There were a lot of twists and turns in this film, and things I honestly didn’t think would come of it.
Overall I enjoyed the film. My only issue really is the length of the film.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener link in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.