Its The Rage
This dark comedy travels a spiraling path through a group of characters linked in a chain of violent events. The film opens with Warren (Jeff Daniels) shooting an intruder. But was he a burglar? No, he was Warren’s business partner. Having suspected his wife of having an affair with the associate, Warren sets the shooting up to look like self-defense. The killing sets off a catalytic series of events. In the wake of a marital separation, Warren’s wife, Helen (Joan Allen), finds herself employed by Mr. Morgan (Gary Sinise) an eccentric, paranoid computer billionaire who needs someone to “keep the input out.” Meanwhile, Warren consults an adulterous lawyer (Andre Braugher) and finds himself pursued by a disillusioned cop (Robert Forster). Their lives also cross paths with a jilted film buff (David Schwimmer), a poetic video store manager (Josh Brolin) and a street urchin (Anna Paquin) and her protector/brother (Giovanni Ribisi).
Meant as dark satire, the film suggests that the availability of guns in a society outnumbered by very disturbed people is a bad thing. Agreed. Guns should only be owned by police, military, gun experts, enthusiasts, collectors, hunters, and by people who want a weapon for home security. Guns should definitely be kept out of the hands of gang members, thieves, murderers and whackos. Now, why can’t legislators figure that out? As for the film, it has some hilarious moments, but the humor is most often based on shocking and crude elements. Well acted, but the black humor is fueled by cynicism and some of the most graphic and constant foul language I’ve heard in a film. There are 40 uses of one particular curse word alone.