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'The Aggression Scale': 'Rat Race' as a (More) Violent Thriller — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Apr 23, 2012 | 6:54am EDT

Aggression ScaleAt the 2012 South by Southwest Film Festival, director Steven C. Miller launched his action-thriller The Aggression Scale. The film follows several parties' pursuit of a parcel of $500,000 in cash... kind of like Rat Race, only the immense bodily harm is not played for laughs.

Below is a clip from Aggression Scale, which features a brief taste of the action and intensity that lasts throughout Miller's sophomore feature. Fabienne Therese plays Lauren, a teenaged girl in a particularly vulnerable situation thanks to the unforgiving gangster Chissolm (Derek Mears). It doesn't seem to be a fair fight until Lauren's reinforcements, in the form of young Owen (Ryan Hartwig), who is crafty beyond his years.

Check out the clip below, and look for Therese in upcoming films such as John Dies at the End and Roman Coppola's A Glimpse Into the Mind of Charles Swan III.

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