Silent Rage (1982)



Movie Title: Silent Rage

Year Released: 1982

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 43min

Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Thriller

Director: Michael Miller

Writer: Joseph Fraley

Starring: Chuck Norris, Ron Silver, Steven Keats, Toni Kalem, William Finley, Brian Libby, Stephen Furst, Stephanie Dunnam

Review: When a medical experiment creates a murderous mute maniac (Brian Libby) it's up to Sheriff Dan Stevens (Chuck Norris) to stop his killing spree. "Chuck Norris" movies are fairly basic. There's a bad guy or bad guys and Chuck Norris is the only man that can stop him/them. Silent Rage does follow that formula, but it has a villain that CN has never faced before - A self-healing mute killing machine that really gives ol' Mr. Roundhouse a run for his money.

Chuck Norris is a great action star, but not much of an actor. He's trying his best and gets an "A" for effort. I'm watching Silent Rage to see him kick and punch his way through the run-time, but I was surprised that this one was more of thriller than an action movie. Silent Rage has been called "Chuck Norris vs. Michael Myers" and... it kind of is. It's a hodge podge of a movie with scif-fi horror elements, some drama, and action scenes that come together awkwardly, yet entertainingly. It certainly kept my attention to see how all of these elements were going to come together.

This is definitely not top-tier Chuck Norris, but I enjoyed its unique spin on what we would normally expect in a movie featuring the World's Favorite Bearded Martial Arts Master (Here we only get his sweet 'stache). So if you like Chuck Norris kicking and punching dudes, unstoppable Frankenstein-like killing machines, Ron Silver's awesome beard that is almost at Chuck Norris level of facial fuzz perfection, and Flounder from Animal House as the comic relief deputy, then Silent Rage is for you!

Stars (out of 4):
       

Fun Fact: First film produced by Topkick Productions, Chuck Norris production company. This was the first time Norris had complete control of one of his films. The company would also produce Norris' Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) as well as Walker, Texas Ranger (1993).



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