A mob boss, out-on-bail, discovers that $500,000 of his money is missing. He sends four thugs out to find the suspected thieves and their families, as well as send a message, "loud and messy" he proclaims. After the hitmen murder a few of possible theives, they arrive at the Rutledge home, where they discover the household's emotionally disturbed boy, who gives them more trouble then they could possibly imagine. Steven C. Miller's 'The Aggression Scale' is essentially Home Alone on steroids. The young boy is like Macgyver when it comes to ways to defend himself and inflict pain on the thugs who are trying to hurt his family. While it's a rather inventive spin on the typical genre, the film doesn't bring anything incredibly special to the table beyond the premise. That being said, if you like violent horror type fare in the same vein as 'The Strangers' or 'Ils', The Aggression Scale definitely delivers. It's a pretty brutal flick that doesn't shy away from realistic violence that is both unnerving and a lot of fun. The script has far too much exposition in the dialogue, but I really didn't mind it that much cause of the joy I had watching a 12 year old kid in full on Rambo-mode. Don't get me wrong this could have been even better, but it's definitely worth your time if you're a fan of the genre.
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