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  • Raze | Review

    By | January 10, 2014

    Raze

    Director: Josh C. Waller

    Writers: Robert Beaucage (Story And Screenplay), Kenny Gage (Story), Josh C. Waller (Story)

    Starring: Zoë Bell, Rachel Nichols, Tracie Thoms, Sherilyn Fenn, Doug Jones, Bruce Thomas, Bailey Anne Borders, Rebecca Marshall, Adrienne Wilkinson, Allene Quincy, Douglas Brown, Victoria Cruz, Kevin Daniels, Rosario Dawson, Tiffany DeMarco

    After what seemed to have been an otherwise pleasant date, Jamie (Rachel Nichols) awakens in a red hallway dressed in a white tank top and gray sweatpants. Dazed and confused, Jamie encounters another woman dressed in an identical uniform. That woman, Sabrina (Zoe Bell), guides Jamie naively into a small fighting arena. Even though Jamie is a trained fighter, she is absolutely no match for Sabrina. Jamie turns out to be just another notch on Sabrina’s kill list.

    Sabrina and the other women participating in this deranged fight to the death competition are not doing so willingly. With their loved ones under 24-hour surveillance by the maniacal Joseph (Doug Jones) and his evil minions, Sabrina and her cohorts are given no other option than to continue to fight. If they refuse to participate, their respective loved one will be killed.

    The seemingly endless series of brutal cage matches are all part of a perverse female empowerment charade orchestrated by Joseph and his partner in crime, Elizabeth (Sherilyn Fenn). Director Josh C. Waller curiously opts to keep Joseph and Elizabeth’s motives and intentions for this spectacle relatively undiscussed, other than suggesting that they are participating in a long-standing tradition. Presenting us with very little narrative — other than a lot of fighting — Waller assumes that the audience just wants to see attractive women pummel each other to death with their bare hands and feet. I am obviously not part of Waller’s target audience because I anticipated a female empowerment saga, either with Sabrina leading a mass rebellion or going all kinds of Rambo on Joseph and Elizabeth — in a perfect world, maybe Waller’s film would even comment upon the objectification of violence and women. Certainly not a feminist manifesto by any means, Raze is built upon the simple premise that these women will act purely upon an innate instinct to protect their loved ones, and they will look mighty sexy doing so.

    Rating: 4/10

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