It may be hard to believe for most people, but Uwe Boll has actually made two good movies now. The first movie, Rampage, might have been the best movie of his career at the point he made it and was easily the best reviewed movie he had ever made. The film was about a disenfranchised man who took an arsenal of weapons out and slaughtered countless people in his home town before disappearing into the smoke.
It was violent, and while some accused it of being sadistic and nihilistic, it was clearly Boll sending a message.
With the film’s follow up, Rampage: Capital Punishment, Boll has done it again and created a movie that is maybe the most technically sound and interesting movie of his career. Forget about the video game adaptations that made Boll public enemy number one, and forget about the horribly directed films that made Boll this era’s version of Ed Wood. Rampage: Capital Punishment is a movie that deserves to be seen and discussed.
Bill Williamson (Brendan Fletcher) is back. He has been completely off the radar for years since the original massacre in his home town. He stole a lot of money so he was able to make himself disappear and live comfortably as he waited out his time until it was time to strike again. During this time, he also became an Internet sensation and built up a large, loyal, following of people who agreed with his demented actions.
What made Williamson such a cult figure is that, as horrible of a person as he is, he makes a lot of good points and he leads the disenfranchised of this country in what he hopes will be an uprising to take the nation back. That is done by heading to a local television network, gunning down half of the employees and taking the rest hostage. He then demands only one thing – an interview with the local talk show face (Lochlyn Munro) that he wants broadcasted to all the network’s affiliates.
There is one big difference between Rampage and Rampage: Capital Punishment. In this sequel, Williamson has his sights set on what is wrong with America today. What is ironic is that, as he guns people down in cold blood, he damns the nation’s obsession with allowing anyone who wants to own a gun to own one. He then points out that, all the people he has killed is the fault of the people of this nation who allows him to own these guns.
He also points his anger at George W. Bush for all the wrongs that he committed and to Barack Obama for failing to live up to the promises he made. He strikes out at everyone in this movie and that is where the film starts to get interesting. Even if a person doesn’t agree with everything that Williamson rips into, there are arguments to be had about all his frustrated rants. Boll even wrote in rants about his home in Germany and how the biggest companies there are still owned by the same families who supported the Nazi regime many years ago.
The entire movie rests in the hands of Brendan Fletcher and the man is a Godsend for Uwe Boll. Honestly, this movie would not have worked if it was shot with a lesser actor. However, Fletcher really dived into the performance and just oozes charisma. Even when he is the most despicable, forcing a woman to do Yoga poses for him before gunning her down, he just seems completely in control of the screen. It is disgusting, but like many things, it is impossible to take your eyes off the screen.
Uwe Boll has come a long way as well. While he has been accused of gimmick filmmaking and a complete lack of knowledge about camera movement, it seems that when he has a personal story to tell, he knows what he is doing after all. This movie is perfectly paced and is an easy watch. The music score is great and the action scenes are shot fantastically. It was almost like Uwe Boll had someone else shoot the movie for him. It was just that good.
Now, there should be a warning given that there is a lot of violence and those who feel uncomfortable with that might want to avoid this movie. However, the violence is there for a reason and the over-the-top nature is used to tell the story. This is unlike any Uwe Boll you have ever seen, and for the first time in my life, I have to recommend an Uwe Boll film.