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By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent, downbeat thriller is a low point for Nicolas Cage.

Movie NR 2014 98 minutes
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RAGE is certainly a low point (albeit not the only one -- or the lowest one) in Cage's career. The actor is one of our best at coming unhinged onscreen, but director Paco Cabezas somehow keeps things somewhat muted. It feels like the dynamic, volatile actor is on auto-pilot, and the rest of the movie doesn't do much to back him up. Likewise, the terrific Nichols and Danny Glover feel as if they're just trying to get through each shot.

Characters rarely seem like living, breathing organisms, and they sometimes don't even appear to be reacting to one another, as if they weren't even in the room together. Even when the characters weep, it seems on cue. The plot is both confusing and ridiculous. It throws in so many characters and character names that it's difficult to keep track of who's doing what and why. Then the final reveal boils down to something so dumb that it's difficult to believe that these so-called professionals didn't figure it out sooner.

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