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Cast: Audrey Walker, Rick Crawford, Christopher Witherspoon, Jo Black-Jacob, Spencer Conway, Anna Lodej
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.
Dennis seems to have it all, as the film opens we get a glance at his peaceful neighborhood, we get to see his beautiful home and we are also introduced to his adorable, loving wife. But Dennis has a secret, one that could turn his world upside down so he heads into town to fix the problem once and for all. Shortly after leaving he has a small confrontation with a man on a motorcycle but thinks nothing of it and goes about his business. Later after he takes care of business the same guy on the bike shows up again and again. This leads to a game of cat and mouse between the two of them.
To say too much about the plot here would only ruin the experience for anyone waiting to see the movie so I will stop so not to spoil it. The film might sound a bit like the Spielberg classic "The Duel" and in a lot of ways it does pay homage but "Rage" brings it's own ideas and it's own original, well developed characters to the table. After the first few peaceful scenes at the beginning of the film Director, Christopher R. Witherspoon wastes no time in building suspense level and tension between these two characters. To say the film slowly builds on it's climax would not be accurate because the film never wastes a second of it's run time on needless things, instead we get a full blown thriller that grabs your attention and never lets go till its action packed climax.
On the technical side of things the film looks great, the cinematography is gritty and wonderful to look at. The action scenes are well done, the chase scenes through the streets and garages rival anything Hollywood has done. Besides the great story telling and direction I can't go without mentioning the cast here, Rick Crawford is amazing as Dennis, he really brings it all to the table here and Audrey Walker is also terrific as his wife. Rounding out the cast leads is Christopher Witherspoon himself as the biker, you never get to see his face or hear him even speak but that doesn't stop him from being one menacing villain. The supporting cast all did a great job as well, there's not a weak link to be found in the cast.
"Rage" is a realistic, suspenseful and often brutal adrenaline ride that will have you clinging to your seat gasping for air. The film will be making the festival run with appearances at Shriekfest Film Festival, PollyGrind Film Festival and Thriller Chiller Film Festival to name a few. You can keep up to date on it's progress by visiting Christopher's Facebook page HERE.
Filled with action, drama, thrills and even a bit of horror "Rage" is an Indie gem that shouldn't be missed, it's a fine example of just how great Independent cinema can be. If it's playing near you I highly recommend going to check it out.
Released by BIG SCREEN VENTURES, LLC
**** Out Of *****