Run time: 85 min
Genres: Action | Drama | Horror
Director: Chris Witherspoon
Writers: Chris Witherspoon
Stars: Audrey Walker, Rick Crawford, Chris Witherspoon
A thirty something man who lives in a suburb just outside of Portland says goodbye to his beautiful and loving wife and heads into town. There he unintentionally provokes the wrath of a mysterious motorcyclist. The confrontation between the two, sets in motion a day long battle. Beginning in the form of harmless taunts then quickly escalating into something more serious and then into something unimaginable. Written by Filmfinders
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Release Date: 1 May 2010 (USA)
Budget: $47,000 (estimated)
Chris Witherspoon, you are one sick mother, I love this stuff. This is not a high budget movie by any means but wow I really could not stop watching. It is like my tittle says a non stop edge of the seat movie the imagination of the writer is way out there and I hope he has more of this stuff to come in the future. One of my employees and a good friend is of work right now with a broken arm because of road rage he was attacked with an aluminium snow brush and used his arm to block a blow. This is real life road rage to the extreme. I really enjoyed this in a strange way I don't want to sound like a saddest but if you like gruesome in a stretch of a real life scenario you have to watch this movie.
Dennis Twist (Rick Crawford) is about to have the worst day of his life. After a seemingly minor confrontation with a motorcyclist over the availability of a parking spot, an increasingly violent response follows. A response that will draw suspicion, blood and eventually death in Chris Witherspoon’s 2010 film, Rage. The idea behind the altercation between Dennis and is unnamed antagonist is as innocent as it is commonplace. How many times have you waiting for a parking spot only to have someone wheel right in? The difference between our encounters and that to which Dennis meets is that most irate motorists might stop at a flipping of the bird or honking the horn. But the mysterious motorcyclist will take his frustration to the next level. He will follow and torment Dennis in public washrooms to his own home in order to exact some kind of unequal revenge for the slight. Dennis believes he knows the person behind the helmet that is tormenting him. Dennis has been unfaithful to his wife and he believes that the motorcyclist is an acquaintance of the woman to which he was having an affair. It was an interesting plot development that added a thin layer of mystique, but I don’t think the audience was as fooled as Witherspoon (who also wrote the screenplay) intended. Things escalate gradually until they go off the rails once the Biker follows Dennis home. Invading the Twist abode, the Biker takes his violence to the next level by savagely assaulting Dennis and his wife. A prying neighbor also gets into the mix and is met with the bloodiest fate of the independent cast. Rage was one of those small entertaining movies that got us to the edge a few times but couldn’t push us over. Writer/director Chris Witherspoon doesn’t have a lengthy resume, but his directing talents were on full display with impressive framing shots and some coloring techniques (sequences in black and white) that showed both a confidence and a playfulness behind the camera. The acting is relatively strong. The Biker has no dialogue so the movie rests on the shoulders of Rick Crawford and he is competent in the protagonist role. Without words (or even a face) to go with our villain, it was hard to connect with his motivation. Why he would resort to a small chainsaw in a scene that I would title ‘Collateral Damage’ was a bit of a stretch, but we were still appreciative of the blood spillage and the distraction from the main target. Over the course of a year, we screen countless independent film sent to us with producer’s intention of promoting the flick
I started out making a blog for movie reviews a short while ago for the purpose of making reviews for fans. However, I didn't expect to be sent films to review so soon. I was put in touch with film maker Chris Witherspoon, he is promoting an independent film that he wrote, produced, directed and starred in called Rage. He sent me a copy and asked if I would review it for him. Happily I accepted. This is what being a film critic and reviewer is all about. Then I started to think, an independent film? There are a lot of them around and a lot of them are made by people that believe they possess the talent and ability to make a film, but in reality they fall far short of the mark. To get a good and unbiased opinion of the film I only watched the trailer for it, I left all the promotional material I received alone. The film arrived and with a fair amount of trepidation I put it on.
The film is about Dennis, a struggling writer with a loving wife Crystal (Audrey Walker) and a mistress Dana (Anna Lodej). Heading out one day he encounters a figure on a motorcycle in a car park. Pushing the encounter to one side he meets up with Dana. During the meeting he tells her that he loves his wife and breaks off the affair. She doesn't take it all that well. Once back in his car he encounters the biker again and this time the biker scratches his car and rides off. This leads to a game of cat and mouse, where at first Dennis hunts the biker down but the confrontations escalate and Dennis is soon in fear for his life. He now believes that the biker is a former boyfriend of his now ex-lover out for revenge. The biker arrives at Dennis's home and things turn deadly.
I went into this with a very open mind. I knew this was an independent film and I didn't expect too much from it. I find this is the best way to view new films. The film started off well with good introductions to the main characters but by the time the second encounter with the biker happened I found myself drawn in to the film. I forgot all about reviewing the film and got engrossed into the story. The film finished and not for a single moment did I feel bored. The pacing of the film is great, the story progresses well and the characters are well written and acted. The biker is menacing and all the more so because you don't really know his motives. The direction is professional and makes good use of lighting and colouring. The effects are very well utilised during the films climax. But the best thing about the movie was the way the story kept you guessing. I thought I had the plot figured out about 5 different times but each time I was wrong. That's what makes a good thriller/horror. There is one particular scene that was emotionally hard to watch but its place in the film drives the story and the terror forward to a new level.
You can see with this film that Chris Witherspoon is a very talented film maker. I wish him luck and hope this film has the desired effect and someone takes a chance on his abilities. I would love to see what he could to with a studio backing him. After all Spielberg started out with a movie called Duel about a truck pursuing and terrorising someone.
If you get the chance to see this film you really should take the chance. If you do you will see the start of hopefully a very successful film maker.