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  • Summary: Paul Maguire (Nicolas Cage) is a respectable businessman and loving father living peaceful life until his violent past comes back to haunt him. When his teenage daughter is taken from their home, Paul rounds up his old crew to help him find her. His search for justice leads Paul down a dark and bloody path of revenge, betrayal and long buried secrets. Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 11 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Jul 10, 2014
    A picture that isn't as terrible as its title suggests now as deep as its story aspires to be.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jul 8, 2014
    Rage actually has something to say about the futility of vengeance, though that doesn’t become apparent until a climactic revelation re-contextualizes everything. Unfortunately, getting to that sorrowful ending is a real slog.
  3. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jul 11, 2014
    The movie is imprisoned by its Cage’s stiffness. All he gives us is strained, robotic seriousness. I’m not sure he even gives us any rage.
  4. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jul 11, 2014
    There's a late-breaking twist that might seem impressive if it didn't make all the previous mayhem feel so intensely pointless.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jul 14, 2014
    Proficiently made but fatally unpersuasive in its portrayal of internecine gang warfare, this thuggish melodrama piles on the foreign accents and paint-by-numbers brutality, all served up with a grim, operatic self-seriousness that gives Cage’s antihero little room to maneuver.
  6. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jul 10, 2014
    Rage is another formulaic re-tread that needs its brakes re-lined.
  7. Reviewed by: Nikola Grozdanovic
    Jul 20, 2014
    Tired, lazy, incongruous, shocking and hilarious in all the wrong places, Rage is destined for the graveyard television slot, squeezed between infomercials for mops.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Sep 20, 2014
    Laying on her death bed, Paul McGuire (Nicholas Cage) promises his wife, that he will leave his life of organized crime behind to be there for his daughter. That all changes when a decade later his daughter goes missing. The gloves come off and McGuire connects with his old crew and goes after old enemies to find his daughter. This was an entertaining film, but I think it would have been so much better if it were less violent. I love violent action films as much as the next guy, but the story here calls for a more investigative approach, but all McGuire wants to do is beat people for answers. Nicholas Cage stars and is one of those action stars that never goes out of style. He's been going after the bad guys and surviving impossible odds for nearly three decades, becoming very good at it. Despite being an independent film, Rage has a huge cast with many notable names that really help the story along. In fact, with all the named actors in the film, I'm really surprised that Rage wasn't released in theaters. While being entertaining, Rage isn't anything you haven't seen before, as it's your typical who done it, with all the gun fire and explosions you'd expect from an action movie. The cast is experienced and very good, while the plot does have a back story and moves at a reasonable pace. Rage is one of those film where you don't really have to think and ultimately it is somewhat forgettable, but if you're looking for something to watch without having to think too much, than Rage is a perfect choice and it is currently streaming on Netflix. Expand
  2. Aug 12, 2014
    Also known as 'Rage'. My first question is what happened to Nicolas Cage, I did not like any of his recent movies. So it makes me think that his time is over. Once he was known as a good actor with the better appearances, but not anymore. This movie was average with a decent story and twist and freshly approached narration, but in the end it did not work. It is kind of a gangster story with a revenge theme. Thank god it did not go on the 'Taken' route. In a few parts I thought that way, then it took a turn moved to the other end with a reasonable end. It was very simple that tells the story of an ex con, who go after some men after his daughter was kidnapped. Kind of to say 'revenge is not after you, but you welcome it when circumstances are in chaos'. Anyway, this movie can be watched once, but don't force yourself because it's not worth.

  3. Sep 22, 2014
    Avoid at all costs , it's a rip-off of *Spoiler Alert * Mystic River , but with bad acting and a silly budget . You know Nicholas Cage , a Hit or Miss actor , this one's a miss . Expand
  4. Aug 21, 2014
    Almost the exact same plot as his previous film Stolen, That alone tanks this film for me. It's painfully unoriginal and over acted by Cage from start to finish. It's your typical straight to video release. Expand