Critic Consensus: Depressingly dull and all-around poorly made, Rage is the rare Nicolas Cage action thriller lacking enough energy to reach "so bad it's good" territory.
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Critic Reviews for Rage
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.
Cage may not always be easy on the eyes, but at his best, you can't turn away from him, because you never really know what he'll do next. But here, the actor plays it drab and dour.
There isn't an original frame or line of dialogue in Rage.
A dull, lifeless thing even in spite of its efforts, old-school grindhouse picture-style, to put an exploitation-nihilist spin on the dad-with-action-movie-skills-on-the-rampage boilerplate ...
It's hard to say this is the worst film Nicolas Cage has ever made - there are just too many contenders to choose from. But it's near the bottom.
Audience Reviews for Rage
Borrowing the scenario from the popular Taken franchise, Cage plays a dad who's sole child, his daughter, is kidnapped (so let the revenge aimed ass-whupping begin!) except that every possible suspect in this proves merely to be a red herring provided by the filmmakers to merely provoke an cheap audience response (a written version of the audio jump scare), which detracts from this effort that never connects in the first place. Isn't there something else playing on cable? It's worth looking for it rather than enduring this empty thriller.
Nicolas Cage stars in the revenge thriller Rage. After his 16-year-old daughter is kidnapped and murdered former mobster Paul Maguire reaches out to his old crew to help him find and kill those responsible. Rachel Nichols, Danny Glover, and Peter Stormare co-star and deliver strong performances. But this is Cage's film to make or break, and his performance is especial good and quite nuanced; showing the weight of a man haunted by his past. The plot is pretty formulaic for the most part, but it does do an impressive job at showing the cycle of violence and its costs. While limited by the material, Rage ends up being a little better than the standard action film.
Not exactly an original revenge picture or a great one. While it gives off the impression as a Taken rip-off meets Man on Fire but this film does not have any of the quality's that those films had. Even though Nicholas Cage is starting to get his groove back, but sadly this film does not showcase anything special.
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