Global icon Dwayne Johnson headlines the action adventure “Rampage,” directed by Brad Peyton. Johnson stars as primatologist Davis Okoye, a man who keeps people at a distance but shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, incredibly rare albino silverback gorilla who has been in his care since he rescued the young orphan from poachers. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with discredited geneticist Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend. – Warner Brothers Pictures
Rampage is based on the old video game of the same name, directed by Brad Peyton and written by a bunch of dudes (Ryan Engle, Carlton Cuse, Ryan J. Condal and, Adam Sztykiel.)
This movie is completely and utterly ridiculous. The Rock has to fight a giant mutated wolf, crocodile and gorilla until he has a Batman v. Superman moment with George the gorilla and they realize they’re friends. Pretty nuts, right? That’s not even the ridiculous part, the explanation and reasoning behind the creation of these giant animals is absolutely bat shit. The video game Rampage doesn’t have much of a story to it at all but still something less bananas couldn’t have been thought of. This movie is somehow nothing like the video game but also somehow just like the video game, which is pretty great. In my youth I spent many hours playing Rampage, I was a Ralph guy. Rampage had so many Easter eggs I felt like I was watching Ready Player One again, okay that’s hyperbole but there were still a lot, my personal fave, George punching a hole in a building and eating people out of it just like the game.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in Rampage and the fact that he is in the movie is likely the only reason it got made. The Rock plays the same character he plays in every movie, an extremely muscular guy that everybody likes who has a military background and sometimes a family. I love the Rock, he is so charismatic and charming that I don’t care he plays the same role in almost every movie. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is also in Rampage and he is just playing a nicer special agent version of Negan from the Walking Dead and you know what? I was totally fine with it, he’s like the Rock, I’ll watch him do anything.
This is a really dumb stupid movie but it’s an absolute blast. It’s really hard not to enjoy yourself watching giant animals terrorize a city. Rampage is no Godzilla or Kong: Skull Island but it’s a totally serviceable popcorn flick. This is one of the highest quality B-movies you’ll ever see. At its core Rampage seems like it would be perfectly at home on the SyFy channel. The acting is somewhat better than a SyFy channel movie but the writing is right there with one and the CGI is only a smidgen better than most. B-movies are a lot of fun so Rampage shouldn’t be offended.
Whether you just like the Rock or you’re a fan of the game Rampage or just like monster movies you’ll probably find something enjoyable in Rampage. If nothing else will get you to see the movie, see it because the Rock gets flipped off by a giant gorilla who makes sex jokes. And technically this the best video game movie, or at least according to Rotten Tomatoes it is.
I give Rampage a 6.5 out of 10, would watch again.
“Every asshole deserves a second chance.”