While out on bail, mob boss Bellavance (Ray Wise, awesome as always) learns that someone pinched $500,000 from him. Angry beyond belief he sends 4 hit men to kill all the suspects. Things go smoothly for the hit men until they invade the Rutledge home. Here they discover Owen, a troubled youth recently discharged from an institution courtesy of his father who used some of Bellavance’s money to “buy” his release. Unfortunately for the hit men Owen has a long history of extremely violent behavior and he does not take kindly to having his home invaded and family attacked.
The Aggression Scale is Home Alone on steroids. Owen, who never speaks or shows any emotion, takes his time crafting deadly booby-traps as he seeks hyper-violent vengeance for his family. Actor Ryan Hartwig perfectly portrays Owen as a violent but ultimately likable teenager. I couldn't wait for him to unleash his rage on the hit men. This film is the rare instance where (a) you hate all the bad guys and (b) they all get a satisfying pipe-in-the-ass. At a lean 84 minutes The Aggression Scale doesn't waste any time. You guys will love this.