Rampage: President Down movie full length review - Not as intense as #1 or 2
The first Rampage had some awesome dark humor and the 2nd film had the important and effective monologues which made those 2 films just wicked.
I waited 2 years to see this and was hoping that this would supercede them both.
Sadly, it didn't. #2 drove home some very strong themes and the first created the real anti-hero.
#3 missed a very crucial point....the killing of the head man in the White House and his second in command.
That was a very important and integral part of the story from the first movie and built it up in the second...only to fall and fail in the third.
Not only was that missed, but the planning stage of the assassination of the Pres and the vice pres.
He also missed how Bill eluded them for 2 years and how he got to meet Crystal, his wife.
There was another 1/2 hour that should have been but wasn't there and was badly needed to put the entire saga into a finale which would just blow every other film away.
Yes, the budget wasn't as big as the previous...but there should have been ways to do it - otherwise some lesser known politician should have been the focal point of the manhunt and this would have played out far better.
With a kill count well into the hundreds, Bill's story with him doing in 3 key people in the White House missed the mark severely, which is sad - because the entire concept has a massive potential and appeal to build a massive audience to the series.
However, the forest shootout scene was very well done and the editing was clean for the FBI shootout.
This film shows signs of being low budget and should have had the budget 3 times that of the previous to efficiently and effectively make this a masterpiece and a classic in the same vein as Taxi Driver was and still is.
I would have loved to see what was edited out in the film, because I am close to certain that maybe would have pushed what is one of my favourite series into another few notches not only on IMDb but also in film history to be a classic and memorable and important film for decades to come.
Uwe has done some wonderful films - yes, and some poor ones too, but this was to impact generations during the crisis of economics, political landscapes with dramatic new up and coming changes for the next presidency election and world matters..and this could have made a brutal and crucial impact and changes on very important topics for legislation and voting and how society will accept our new leaders and policies in these unstable times.
A film as violent as the first and as dramatic as the second with brutal delivery from Brendan Fletcher to his followers in a locked TV station doesn't bring nearly as much punch to the 3rd as expected.
In a way I was very let down...Bill Williamson stood for our outrage against injustice and greed and in some cases just plain old stupidity...here, he misses that important point and the story just seems to pass by without nearly as much interest or emotion or importance.
There was no memorable dialogue which whacked us in the head and woke us up and no dark humor to hammer it in deeper.
Thanks for the closure Uwe, but I would have wished that this piece was like the best and biggest explosion ...like a 10 megaton nuclear bomb exploding for us to sift through the rubble and pick up tiny pieces and fragments of our shattered life while we are scarred and ripped to shreds hoping for something that we can cling to for a chance of a meager last breath of life.
Instead it was like a firecracker which left little destruction and quickly disappeared for us to admire....only for us wanting to see more.
Well, at least it was better than Batman VS Superman!