Hopper Gibson throws one hundred miles per hour. Now he needs to stop thinking.
Ethan Hawke is making a habit of playing flawed fathers, but his feckless dads in Boyhood and Ten Thousand Saints appear positively benign in comparison with the toxic parent he plays in psychological sporting drama Rage (aka The Phenom).
His character is the bullying ex-con father of Johnny Simmons’ baseball pitching prodigy, Hopper Gibson, and it is his malign influence that has derailed his son’s seemingly irresistible rise from high-school star to the major leagues. Simmons does a fine job as the troubled young sportsman, and so does Paul Giamatti as the therapist striving to sort out his daddy issues. Hawke has less screen time than either, but it is his warped machismo that dominates the movie.
Certificate 15. Runtime 84 mins. Director Noah Buschel
Rage debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on Sunday 10 September. Released on DVD & Digital by Precision Pictures.