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The Aggression Scale [Blu-ray]
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Charged with murder and likely going to jail, crime boss Reg Bellavance (Ray Wise) is out on bail and wants to skip town with his son. The only problem is that the money he had stashed away for just such an occasion has gone missing.
Bellevance gives his right hand man Lloyd (Dana Ashbrook) a simple order: Find his money, kill everyone who had a hand in stealing it and make it messy. Lloyd and his crew tear out into the city and begin carrying out the order in brutal fashion... They have no idea just how dangerous their job is about to get.
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The motley crew of hit men are led by Dana Ashbrook (the eagle eyed of you may remember him from `Twin Peaks') and he puts in a fine performance as the cold hearted and ruthless killer. Once he has `topped' somebody he has to take Polaroid's of them for the lovely Mr Bellavance's amusement.
Then we have the nice lawyer Bill, who has just got married to Maggie. He has a son who needs special medication and she has a teenage daughter who is into self harm, so this most certainly isn't The Brady Bunch. Anyway Lloyd and co come a calling and decide to exact some arbitrary slaughter. Only thing is that little Owen (Ryan Hartwig) has forgotten to take a pill or three and we soon find out that he has a bit of a temper and that coupled with an obsession for all things survivalist makes him a lot more lethal than Macaulay Culkin could ever dream of.
This is just brilliant fun, director Steven C. Miller has just got the best out of a little known cast and they all really deliver, Ryan Hartwig is great as the dangerous, and mute Owen but Fabianne Therese as Lauren is superb as the teenage sister and goes through the whole gamut of emotions during the course of the film which just shows how versatile she is.Read more ›
The end result is an effective thriller that brings to mind the classic nasty B pictures of the 70s. Drive-in thrills for the home cinema basically.
The Aggression Scale [Blu-ray]
It isn't hard to figure out how this grindhouse plot and family drama come together. When Owen gets a chance to escape, rather than take it...cue heavy metal music as the quiet teen opts to fight 4 grown armed men. In this "Home Alone" tale, Macaulay Culkin is a psycho, who, like a cat, likes to play with its prey before the kill.
Derek Mears, one of the bad guys has that creepy Michael Berryman look to him, but acts more like a pansy. I found his character to be darkly comical as things happen to him. Dana Ashbrook comes across as George Cloony light. Good old fashion home break-in with some new twists. Excellent blood splatter. "B" movie fun. I would have given the film 5 stars had they played Talking Heads "Psycho Killer."
F-bomb, no sex, no nudity (Fabianne Therese- side breast). pot smoking
With bursts of breathtaking gore and brutality, and a pacy, fast chase-movie plot, this is a thriller that grabs the attention. Dana Ashbrook and Ray Wise are magnetic as the leading villains, and Derek Mears gets to be big and menacing in person for once instead of wearing a 'Predators' or 'Jason' costume.
You get the feeling that more could have been made of Owen's much vaunted attitude problems, but what they do is enough to make the movie an exciting, dramatic, and often morally questionable ride.
A fascinating change from the norm.
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wrong facts on the cover are
running time is 82 mins. not 100 mins. and the ratio is 1.85:1 and not 2.40:1
If in the 90s you grew up admiring Macauley Caulkin race around his house, sprinkling marbles across the floor and playing over a scene from Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) to scare... Read morePublished on 30 July 2012 by Oliver