Gary Daniels tries hard. He usually plays honest, dedicated, loving, kind, etc. RAGE is no exception. And Gary is not a great actor. And this has a preposterously absurd script. But it has some really exciting action sequences..Gary drives an 18 wheeler; Gary hangs from a skyscraper; Gary goes to the mall. Here's the plot: Gary is a second grade teacher; on his way from dropping his daughter off for a party, he is carjacked by a lunatic illegal alien, running from the guys who want to use him in some government experiment. Daniels and the illegal are both captured; Gary is wanted for the experiment because he's such a superior physical specimen. They inject him with some serum that will make him a consciousless killer. Gary wakes up and kills the majority of the staff at the lab, and then he is whisked off by the potbellied sheriff and associates to a deserted site, where they plan to kill him. Gary escapes and of course is now branded a maniacal killer, and the whole world is after him. INCLUDING Kenneth Tigar and Jillian McWhirter, a tv reporter and his camera lady, who manage somehow to believe Daniels is innocent. Tigar cops an exclusive interview with Daniels quite by accident (Daniels has gone to his neighbors house to borrow his van). The crusade begins to clear Daniels, including the Governor who doesn't want the lab's experiments to hurt his re-election. Gary manages to cart his wife and daughter off to safety, then returns to face all the bad guys in a showdown at a mall. Whew!
Now along the way, here's some incredible I Can't believe this stuff: Daniels, a school teacher, now can handle an eighteen wheeler like a pro; he can dangle from buildings with amazing strength and dexterity, and even fall through a window of a flower nursery and survive; he can shoot like the best and dodge bullets like a road runner. Now, this would be fine if we knew EXACTLY what this injection was supposed to accomplish: did it make him superhuman? No, he can be shot and hurt. Did he give him the intelligence to do all the above? Who knows?
Ultimately, the movie implodes on itself and the action sequences are all that remain to earn its three stars. Director Joseph Merhi needs to study the films of Michael Bay and John Woo, to know the best way to make action films. As for Gary, he's attractive and intelligent enough to continue, and he has gotten better....at least he's got a cool accent!