Rage (Blu-ray)

August 15, 2014 6 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton and Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

Nic Cage plays Paul Maguire, he has a teenage daughter and a step wife. We see him picking her up from school one day and we can tell that he’s not only a loving father, but also a protective one. She’s planning on hanging out with some friends, but Paul tells her that she needs to complete a school project beforehand. Clearly, he expects good things out of his daughter. It’s never clearly stated what Paul does for a living, but we see him in an early scene standing next to the Mayor at a public hearing, and we also learn that he may have mob ties.  He and his wife are out having dinner one night and his daughter has a couple of friends over. Their dinner is interrupted, however, when Detective St. John (Danny Glover) comes to their table to inform them that there has been an incident at the house. It appears as a home invasion at first, but his daughter Caitlin (Aubrey Peeples) has been kidnapped. The two boys are still at the house and Paul is informed that she might’ve been kidnapped due to things he’s done in the past. The remainder of the film plays out with Paul seeking revenge for whoever took his daughter. He seeks the help of some close friends to try to search around town for answers. Usually, I would not mention such a plot point, but since it happens relatively early in the film, I feel compelled. Paul soon learns that his daughter has been killed. It’s at this point that the film takes a different approach that we might’ve initially suspected.

I think it’s safe to say that Nic Cage will always find work. I can’t see the guy ever actually tu>rning down a role. Oddly enough, there’s a rather amusing cartoon image floating around the web that shows Mr. Cage sitting at a restaurant being offered a roll and turning it down. Clearly, I am not alone in my theory that he never turns down a role. He has given some very interesting (to say the least) performances throughout his career and he’s almost always fun to watch. In Rage, he gives a somewhat more restrained performance than you might expect. Those expecting a simpler revenge thriller along the lines of Taken might walk away disappointed, but I was very entertained by the film. The plot moves at a brisk pace and it kept me hooked throughout its brief running time. I was rather surprised by the final twist as well. Without going into too many details, it’s sometimes what’s right in front of us that we don’t always see. It might even frustrate some viewers as well. I was reminded of a Clint Eastwood directed film from some years ago. I won’t reveal which as it might spoil the twist, but some viewers might guess it as well. Rage is definitely worth checking out and while it’s not a great film, it’s one that kept me entertained consistently. Rent it.

Video: How’s it look?

Rage certainly looks the part on this 2.40:1 AVC HD encode from Image. The movie is short, running at only 90 some odd minutes, so there’s no compression issues to be found. On the surface, the film looks crisp and clean, I found it to have a lack of depth that I’ve seen from other, newer Blu-ray’s. That’s not to say the image is bad by any means, it checks off all the boxes, but I just felt that it could somehow look a bit better. Colors are bright, contrast is solid and detail are all on the mark.

Audio: How’s it sound?

Much like the video, this DTS HD Master Audio mix satisfies all the requirements of what we’d expect, but I just feel it could have offered a bit more. And once again, there’s technically nothing to complain about as the surrounds are active, the third act delivers a pretty intense action sequence that involves the LFE, but I just felt a lack of depth here. Vocals are straight and solid and Cage’s unmistakable voice sounds crisp throughout. It’s a nice mix, but I felt it a bit lacking overall.

Supplements: What are the extras?

We don’t get a lot of supplements on the disc, and those that are included aren’t exactly mind-blowing, but let’s see what’s in the bag.

  • The Making of Rage – This is actually just a collection of three very short (as in 2 minutes is the longest one) featurettes that I’m just going to list as it’d take me longer to explain what they’re about than to just watch them.
      Behind Rage

      Directing Rage

      Nicolas Cage in Rage

  • Deleted Scenes – Five in all complete with an alternate opening and ending sequence. These can be played individually or as a “play all.”
  • DVD Copy

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