Movie Review: Tokarev (Rage – 2014 – Nicholas Cage)

Nicholas Cage shotgun in Tokarev 2014 movie still

Tokarev tries to convey moral messages in its story, but too dull and safe to engage and entertain

Award-winning veteran action actor (and “you don’t say” meme star) Nicholas Cage is back again, this time in a crime thriller which most people would’ve thought it was going to be like Taken (2008). Cage plays Paul Maguire, a former criminal who walked out of the game clean and has become a big-time owner of a construction empire. One night, he and his wife Vanessa (played by Rachel Nichols) goes to attend a charity dinner, leaving his hot teenage daughter Caitlin (Aubrey Peeples) at home alone hanging out with two male schoolmates. While he’s out, the house gets trashed and Caitlin goes missing. When her body’s finally found, they find that the bullet that killed her is shot from a Russian handgun called Tokarev, and with this clue, he reunites with his friends from the old days to find out who could’ve done this.

First of all, why the heck would a father leave a 16 to 18 year-old daughter alone at home with two guy friends? He’s not even worried at all when he leaves, and even encourages one of them to ask her out. Did he really think that all these teens are going to play video games and do their homework instead of his pretty-looking daughter is school uniform? Frankly, I was already laughing at this when I saw the trailer. And when a movie of this genre starts with such impossible human behaviour, you’d know it’s not going to be good. And evidently, it isn’t.

Nicholas Cage kissing dead body of daughter in Tokarev 2014 movie still meme

Definitely not Nicholas Cage’s best role or performance. He has to cry, be angry and go crazy but it felt like every single scene of expressions he makes are halfhearted. Rachel Nichols is gorgeous but too bad she doesn’t have enough screen time to maintain my attention for the film. There’s a lot of horrible overacting as well from the rest of the cast, made worse with peculiarly emphasised cheesy scenes with typically bad mainstream action-movie-like dialogues. But to be fair, the film is not without purpose. It tries to “tell” the audience to make right decisions in life as the past might come back to haunt you, investigate before taking significant actions, do not leave your kids alone at home, and for Americans, [MAJOR SPOILER] ensure your friggin’ guns at home are out of your kid’s reach for goodness sake [SPOILER ENDS].

The way the film is written and executed is far from being entertaining, or even anywhere close to being excusably illogical. The action sequences are slack, neither flashy nor gritty. No idea why they kept the boring chase scene, where it end with the one being chased running up to the rooftop building for no reason and gets himself wide open and trapped. Then it has this interrogation scene that you’d expect to see some sick brutal torturing to the character but it ends up with just the fellow hanged and punched. And some scenes are just dumb, as though the characters are inhumanly weak or brainless. For example, [SPOILER] Paul accidentally cuts his big-sized friend in the stomach with his short poser knife, not stab, just cut, and he dies instantly. Then you also have this scene where the Russian mob boss meets Paul’s former mob boss, expecting to shoot each other out but brings only two men with them. [SPOILER ENDS]. I’m not even going to discuss the forced the twist at the end is.

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What I would’ve named the film: “Don’t Leave Schoolgirls Alone With Two Boys – YOU DON’T SAY?”

Censorship in Malaysia: Don’t recall any scenes cut at the media screening at GSC Mid Valley Megamall.

Second opinion: It’s obvious that my girlfriend was bored by the film. She was literally not engaged at all, started playing with mobile games during the second half.

Verdict: Like watching a typical Jason Statham movie without much action or charm.

Rating. 1.5 / 5

Tokarev 2014 movie poster malaysia large
Also known as: “Rage”

Rated: 18
Genre: Crime thriller, action
Running Time: 97 minutes
Director: Paco Cabezas
Screenwriter: Jim Agnew and Sean Keller
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Rachel Nichols, Peter Stormare

Malaysia Release Date: April 17th 2014
Local distributor: GSC Movies
Studio(s): Hannibal Pictures

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