Rampage is a wonderfully violent commentary on society, American culture, expectation and what seems like one film maker's venting of frustrations through the eyes of one angry young man who decides to murder as many people as possible. In 2011, Bobcat Goldwaith released "God Bless America", a film also layered with violence, guns and social commentary.
The film begins with a young man, Bill, who is 23, stuck in a bit of a rut and currently being forced out of his parents house. Right away we can tell Bill is a little "off". He's somewhat apathetic to certain situations and takes the news of being kicked out of his parents home with little reaction. Bill meets with his friend Evan for lunch and they discuss the downfall of society hinted by little fast-food restaurants such as the one in which they are currently dining. Later, Bill has an argument with a snippy coffee-shop manager over the amount of foam on his latte. The conflict goes unresolved and the manager wins the argument but Bill doesn't forget.
At his home, Bill pieces together a ballistics suit very similar to riot gear. He loads up on ammunition, then takes to the center of his town where he begins to shoot and kill as many people as possible. He begins by killing all of the police in one shot by blowing up the police station with a TNT filled van. He then takes to the streets and seems to almost be making a game and sport out of killing people who are running away from him. At one point, Bill goes into a bingo hall, the elderly players are unaware of what is happening. walks around practically unnoticed in his riot gear, then he leaves without killing anyone. In one tense scene, Bill rounds up a dozen women at a beauty salon and makes them gather in a corner, he leaves then returns just to shoot them all. Bill visits a bank and robs it, degrading the manager for being stupid and weak. He then takes all of the money outside and burns it in a trash can. Bill goes back to the coffee shop, taunts and eventually kills the coffee-shop manager after getting a latte with the right amount of foam.
After his rampage, Bill meets his friend Evan in the woods and kills him, then frames him by putting the riot gear and guns on him. Bull goes home, packs his belongings and according to the text on the screen, disappears.
The film is violent, fun and somewhat cathartic for people who have had certain small societal grudges. It has been slammed by critics in the wake of school shootings, but overall it is a fun film.
- Brendan Fletcher, Michael Pare, Shaun Sipos, Lynda Boyd, Matt Frewer
- Phase 4 Films
- Uwe Boll