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Film Reviews: Rampage (2009), Rampage 2 (2014), & Black Narcissus (1947)
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Rampage (2009). Written and directed by Uwe Boll. The film starts with a jumble of flashback moments, a man (Brendan Fletcher) setting fire to his clothes, and a van bring driven into a building. We then see the same man hitting a punch bag, throwing darts at a wall, and lifting weights. He then sits down for breakfast with his parents who ask him if he will move out. Rampage doesn't have a lot of redeeming qualities. There's little depth to the main character in terms of explaining why he does what he does. Most of the film is the rampage itself, and continuous violence, although it's reasonably well shot, no pun intended, if you don't mind shakycam. There isn't much in the way of story, and to justify the horror of the film it ought to have one. Ultimately just for those people who worryingly enjoy more or less senseless violence in a film. Or do yourself a favour and watch the far better Falling Down (1993). 1/5 (Awful)

Rampage: Capital Punishment (2014). Written and directed by Uwe Boll. The sequel starts with a flashback to the earlier film. This is followed by a philosophising monologue from the central character (Brendan Fletcher). It then switches to a scene where he puts on full body armour, and sits in a chair in an alley way. As people walk past he shoots them and drags them into the alley. Rampage: Capital Punishment is more of the same, more or less. There's a little bit more in the way of story, and even more of the same two dimensional philosophical rubbish from the central character, and a little less violence than the first film. If you liked the first film you'll probably like this. 1/5 (Awful)

Black Narcissus (1947). Based on the novel by Rumer Godden, and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. The film is initially set at a convent in Calcutta. The Reverend Mother sends for Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr) with a view to sending her to found a mission, with school and hospital, in Mopu in the Himalayas. Black Narcissus is a rather odd property, no doubt in part due to its age. The story isn't exactly my cup of tea - a sort of mild thriller with very slight supernatural overtones, that ultimately isn't that satisfying. Perhaps it was due to the style of the time, but the acting is all rather stilted and theatrical, with long lingering shots on people's faces. The sets and costumes are rather lovely, again allowing for the age of the film and that it was all shot in a studio. Of course if you're a fan of films of the age and/or the genre you will want to check it out. 2/5 (Poor)
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Perhaps it was due to the style of the time, but the acting is all rather stilted and theatrical

It was.

Black Narcissus is classic postwar British fayre kind of easy listening but for films. . It's such a shame films like that don't get shown as much as they did when I was younger. There's so many similar and better black and white films. I wish there was a devoted TV channel for them.

Oh and Uwe Boll is renown for making crap films. Just look at the mess he made of Postal

Edited at 2015-03-13 10:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Perhaps it was due to the style of the time, but the acting is all rather stilted and theatrical

The irony was that Rampage is supposed to be Boll's best film - I spotted it on an "underrated films" list. I'm thinking it's not underrated :-)

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