It's the Rage | Chicago Reader

It's the Rage

Two generic ideas amount to nothing in this theatrical dark comedy about violence and information overload. Gary Sinise tackles one of these nonthemes almost single-handedly, playing a wealthy software designer who seems to have found a way to live in cyberspace simply by refusing to interact with other human beings. But his existential dilemma is virtually unrelated to the story's other preoccupation—people's obsession with guns (nearly every character has one). Andre Braugher and David Schwimmer play a couple going through a rough patch, Giovanni Ribisi and Anna Paquin are volatile siblings, and Joan Allen has a mesmerizing monologue (a nod to Eyes Wide Shut) during which she appears to be actually consuming food, something rarely captured in fiction films. It's easy to see why some of the actors would have been tempted by their roles—out of context, each could have seemed a part of something better. James Stern directed a screenplay by Keith Reddin based on Reddin's play; with Jeff Daniels, Robert Forster, Josh Brolin, and Bokeem Woodbine. 97 min.

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