Action Adventure. Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. 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 a discredited genetic engineer 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.
Director: Brad Peyton
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, P.J. Byrne; Marley Shelton, Breanne Hill, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald, Jason Liles, Demetrius Grosse, Will Yun Lee
Mike: I am reviewing Rampage, a film based on the old video game Rampage. This is an action adventure movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as primatologist Davis Okoye.
This movie turned out to be just as ridiculous as I figured it would be. Hollywood needs to stop spending a bazillion dollars on movies based on video games. The movies can be about video games, like Spielberg’s recent Ready Player One, but not Based on a video game. Has this ever turned out well for them? A game movie means major special effects, usually CGI, an lots of violence and destruction. What it typically doesn’t mean is well written plot and complex characters.
What this movie Does have going for it is Dwayne Johnson. It even has Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman and Jeffrey Dean Morgan going for it. All good actors,but even The Rock can’t save this thing.
Yes, there are cool monster fight scenes. Yes, there is a ton of destruction. There is just too much of everything. Including taking 30 minutes of story and somehow turning it in to a feature length film.
Of course most people going to see a movie called Rampage are not going to be going to see high art. They pretty much know what to expect, but even so this popcorn movie is a disappointment.
The only thing that helps redeem this jewel is the humor. Some of the jokes are spoiled in the trailer. “Of course the wolf can fly!” There are few genuinely funny moments, especially between Davis Okoye and albino gorilla George.
I think Johnson is great at adventure and comedy. I am a huge Dwayne Johnson fan. I have been known on occasion to say that I would go to a movie just to see Johnson read a phone book. Partway through Rampage I was wishing for the appearance of a phone book…
I give Rampage 2.5 out of 5 stars. It gets an average score for being a very average movie. If you are a Dwayne Johnson fan, or a giant gorilla fan or even a giant flying wolf fan, I suggest you save your money and wait for this flick on DVD or On Demand.