HORROR MOVIE OR MESSAGE WITH A GUN?
There are a lot of films out there. I mean that you can sit on netflix or love film or whatever and scroll and scroll and scroll until the time you spent looking for a film is the actual time you could have spent watching one. I went to what you might call film school. Maybe I wasn’t any good or maybe I didn’t want to stand around in the pissing rain while some guy gets his lights in the right place and spends the millennium putting different coloured pieces of transparent plastic in front of a bulb in order to I don’t know, get some effect on the monitor screen. Is that different? What do you think. Kill me now. I stuck to writing. There.
I remember my favourite movies from a certain time where the likes of seven or 12 monkeys came out. Nowadays you’d probably be better off watching a tv series. But one day in recent years I watched a movie called Rampage. The reason I probably watched it and it seemed to resonate more was because @) I had already seen the likes of fight club and got that it wasn’t about fighting b) I had just read a book called going postal by Mark Ames and c) there was a guy wearing a suit of armour brandishing machine guns looking pretty mental. Rampage;
Now in an earlier blog I wrote about the context of violence and how the human mind regards fairness and and can find justification for violence if it wants to. So in order to see a film such as Rampage and its sequel as not just about mindless violence or a video nasty you might need to open your mind to the idea that the Rampage movie is about a guy who has an ideology and a plan. It is hard to sit through a film and see what it is trying to say when the Mrs just says ‘Oh, why’s he doing that, what a horrible bugger. No, Rampage is the business. But first lets go back to the idea of Rampage in terms of reference to culture. I watched a documentary recently called the four horsemen; see link below
What does a documentary about the systems of power and greed or a book about shooting people in schools or the work place have to do with a movie? At first look it would be a horror movie where a guy goes on the rampage, but on further look and if you’re paying attention the film is about more than that. What is of concern to many these days is that a narrative that exists within the world is simply taken at face value and the reasons for simple folk becoming what are dubbed as terrorists for example are not being explained to the masses. Back to the movie then which plays a fine line with the idea of the lead character being an anarchist/anti-hero/ villain within a context that it might be asking the audience to wake up to.
This write up really could go into the inns and outs of ideological systems and the state of play in capitalist society that lead to the financial collapse, but the film really focuses on a young man who is naturally aware of the herd mentality and the injustice of what he considers to be his position as a slave within society. No not shackles and cotton fields, but a kind of subtle oppression that’s bothered him to the point of running amok. How can I explain this if you haven’t seen the film and how does the film maker know if anyone can grasp the concept of such a movie. I mean the closest I can come to in terms of a similar set of principles is Tyler Durden in fight club.
When I had a conversation with a girl who wanted to one day be a journalist but was working on film reviews she said ‘I don’t fully understand fight club. Why would they want to fight and live in a grotty house?
So to recap, this is a big budget film where the lead roll is played by a hollywood pin up where some just went ‘oh but Brad without his shirt’ I liked that. Didn’t pay attention to the message about mindless consumerism or corporate dogma. Never quite grasped the terrorist activities that led to blowing up the financial buildings owned by credit card firms. Revolutions of an exciting nature are hard for some audiences to grasp if they are not sure how society or ideological systems such as capitalism work.
Rampage plays a dangerous game which is why it is so good. You understand the reasons why this guy is up to evil deeds and by the second it is cemented into the message of the film as to what his intentions are and whether or not you agree with him. The real struggle is that even though you can see his point of view, what he does is unthinkable. Mostly shocking, sometimes hilarious. The wolf among the sheep gone completely tonto is a great movie with an even better sequel. The third movie is in the process of being funded and you can be a part of that.
Indie films dare to push the envelope and Rampage is a fantastic example. You can donate if you like. Or just watch the first two. Horror awaits with a pinch of the poignant insight of a man who has had enough. Makes Michael Douglas in falling down look like level one in the blown gasket stakes. Rampage is therefore level 11 out of ten; yes at times you can have a 110%
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