Raze is not a movie for everyone. It is especially not for audiences who are against women brutality and for audiences with a weak stomach for violence. Director Josh C. Waller (I’m from the Future, Morning Glass, McCanick) did an okay job executing this movie. I felt it could have been a way better movie if it had the right oomph to it. Raze contains violence, kidnapping, bad language, woman on woman violence, and non stop action from beginning to end. On the side note, this movie reminds me of The Hunger Games, killed or be killed.
Raze is about 50 or so women who have been kidnapped and have no choice but to fight each other using their bare hands. Raze shows how females from various kinds of life will behave when they are faced with an unimaginable situation. The organization is operated by married couple Elizabeth (Sherilyn Fenn - Something About Her, Project: Phoenix, Bigfoot) and Joseph (Doug Jones - Hellboy 3, Monster School, Kiss the Devil in the Dark). It is sick to me to see the organization knows exactly what they are doing because they only kidnap woman who know how to fight or who is athletic for the amusement of the rich spectators. The females are kept in a hellish underground prison where they are contrived to fight until someone is dead. The women really do not have a choice, it is either fight and kill one of the women in the prison or have one of your loved family members killed by the organization.
The acting in Raze was really good and I felt emotionally connected towards the characters. Most of the fight scenes were intense in every way possible, straight forward brutally violent scenes and unattractively disgusting. The lack of story and suffering one after another makes this a movie for hard core action fans and ones who need to know the story and loose ends.
About Raze (2013)
Starring: Doug Jones, Rosario Dawson, Leigh Whannell, Sherilyn Fenn, Bruce Thomas, Zoë Bell, Tracie Thoms, Jordan James Smith, Jeff Newman, Andrew Pagana, Tiffany DeMarco, Rachel Nichols, Rebecca Marshall, Louis Iacoviello, Marissa Pistone, Allene Quincy, Kevin Daniels, Jon H. Eddy, Adrienne Wilkinson, Samuel Fisher, Jade Quon, Amy Johnston, Olivia Harewood, Dave Yike, Tara Macken, Elizabeth Crompton, Bill Ceresia, Nicole Steinwedell, Natalie Pero, Lindsey Arnold
Director: Josh C. Waller