Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Directed by: Brad Peyton
Written by: Ryan Engle, Carlton Cuse, Ryan J. Condal, Adam Sztykiel
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 1 hr 47 min.
My 2 Cents:
Three animals get hit with an experimental pathogen, get really big, and try to destroy Chicago. One of the animals is an albino Gorilla called George, and his best mate, is Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
Rampage is exactly what I expected it to be. A big dumb creature feature. A loud, mostly forgettable popcorn flick that doesn’t attempt to do anything remotely interesting with its stupid premise. That being, a film based on a popular arcade game from the 1980’s. I’m not sure why fans of the original game would care about a movie version of this coin-op, but there we are. Just another big studio project looking to cash in on old brand nostalgia. It is, however, very self-aware. This is a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and for that, I was thankful.
The Rock is a perfect fit for movies like this. His character has a name, but we’re paying to see Dwayne Johnson be Dwayne Johnson. A likable hulk and a legitimate movie action hero. He delivers a performance right between tongue-in-cheek silliness, and overblown cheesy histrionics. In either case he’ll likely get a laugh out of you.
As for the rest of the cast, the only interesting performance comes from Jeffry Dean Morgan as the FBI agent, Harvey Russell. His over-the-top scene chewing cowboy swagger might be this film’s only truly memorable fixture.
As for the creatures, they’re reasonably well designed and the CGI for the most part is decent. There’s a few cheap looking moments here and there, but if you’re looking for destruction on a massive scale, Rampage delivers. There’s nothing particularly original about this, but I wasn’t bored either. It’s a film that gets a soft recommendation from me thanks to its likeable star, and wisely irreverent handling of the source material.