The Aggression Scale
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Truthfully, there's not much plot to director Steven C. Miller's third film. But guess what? It doesn't really matter. It's best not to scrutinize the film from an intellectual level, just hang on for the experience. I was no fan of his last movie, The Scream of the Banshee, which took a good idea and turned it into a most generic thriller. For me, "The Aggression Scale" definitely is a step in the right direction, but it's still quite rough around the edges. In this case, though, that works well for the movie which has a seventies exploitation type ambience. It's a gritty Grindhouse type of movie with loads of violence, a fascinating hero, menacing bad guys, and an occasional lapse of logic. But it works.Read more ›
Steven C. Miller's "The Aggression Scale" starts with "bang!" as hitman Lloyd (Dana Ashbrook) sends a message with his shotgun.
We quickly learn that Lloyd has been sent by mob boss Mr. Bellevance (Twin Peak's Ray Wise) to find a large sum of stolen money. Lloyd and his fellow crew Chissolm (Derek Mears from Friday the 13th), Freddie (Jacob Reynolds from Gummo) and Wydofki ("the knife man" played by Jospeh McKelheer from The Hamiltons) kill a handful of people before finally arriving on the new doorsteps of the Rutledge family.
Bill (Boyd Kestner) and Maggie Rutledge (Lisa Rotondi) are recently married, each with a teenager from a previous relationship. Lauren (Fabianne Therese) is Maggie's troubled daughter, angry at having to move across the country to a new house with people she barely knows. But it is silent Owen Rutledge (Ryan Hartwig) who has the bigger issues...a fact that Lloyd and his boys are soon to discover for themselves when they kick in the door.
Dread Central.com calls The Aggression Scale "one of the more unusual and clever games of cat and mouse fans have ever experienced before."
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
The story itself is great ,yes I read all the references about Home Alone and it's true, it's very Home Alone Meets Toy Soldiers but much much more brutal.
For the synopsis you can read the one given. It's unnecessary reading in a review if it's already given.
The characters of Owen and Lauren 'Ryan Hartwig'and 'Fabianne Therese' were so intriguing and their acting was amazing.
They played perfectly off one another as newly not yet adapted step brother and step sister.
I loved watching the chemistry between them and seeing how her trust in him grows and blossoms.
Owen's genius and raw ability to inflict violence was in itself perfectly paced and brilliant to watch.
The fact that the intruders walked into the house blind to the time bomb that is Owen let you know you were in for a great ride.It did not disappoint.Owen's methodical planning and execution of his traps and justice were like that of Home alone but done with the mind of a child that blows pins out of a straw to kill insects and hits the target dead on.
The violence is plentiful,it's not extremely gory but it is very bloody and brutal.
I watched it on demand and immediately bought the Blu Ray.
The ending is one that I had to rewind 3 times so I could revisit it again and again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Between this and "You're Next" the highly played out "trapped in a house" storyline is in danger of being worthwhile after all. Read morePublished 10 months ago by RL
Avoid the 'good reviews', this is a horrible film. The acting is atrocious, the story non-involved and totally implausible. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bartok Kinski
This is a movie you only watch if you want to see the really bad guys try to do in some "good guys" that have a really bad side.Published 14 months ago by Mac
A VERY GOOD movie! If I had a complaint ....... It wasn't long enough!Published 14 months ago by Raymond Oakley
wasn't quite sure what to expect, but Owen was the highlight of the movie for me. The sister with all her screaming when they were being pursued was getting on my nerves, but I... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Crystal
I love this movie. It is so much different than other child hero movie.Published 17 months ago by clayton s rowell