RAMPAGE – Rated PG-13 – 1hr. 47 mins. – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
Director: Brad Peyton
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Naomi Harris, Malin Ackerman, Jake Lacy, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, PJ Byrne, and Joe Manganiello
Based on the RAMPAGE Video game, originally released as an arcade game in 1986 ~ We meet Primatologist David Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), joking around with his staff, and with his favorite gorilla in captivity, George.
When foreign debris comes falling from the sky, it seems that an experiment in genetic editing has gone awry, and it’s now infected not only George, but a Wolf, and a Crocodile too, as they all are growing at an unprecidented rate, and ready to take over Chicago…
As Okoye, and Dr. Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) attempt to find the antidote to save George, and all of Chicago from annihilation ~ it may take a miracle ~ and the assistance of Agent Harvey Russell (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) too, to finally bring down these incredible beasts…
I give RAMPAGE a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN: Johnson is totally awesome, as always, bringing his bigger than life persona to the big screen once again. Harris and Morgan are exceptional too, assisting in stopping these larger than life creatures before Chicago is removed from this earth. Add in the slightly better –than- average portrayals by Ackerman, Lacy, Byrne and Manganiello as well, and you have an action-packed thriller that was actually a lot better than I was anticipating it would be, going in. I mean, I have to give a glowing review to any film that highlights the Air Force base near my home (yeah SAFB), and gives a shout out to my home town too ~ as this little surprise on screen was too exciting not to take notice! If you loved the RAMPAGE video game “back in the day” or if you just love to view “the big guy” in everything he does, just like I…then you have to head out to a theater near you this weekend to catch RAMPAGE on the big screen, because catching all this BIGNESS on the small screen, just won’t give the GARGANTUAN MAGNITUDE of this film justice…
This humble opinion is brought to you by T. K. Edwards
Director by: Brad Peyton
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
A primatologist teams with a geneticist to stop three genetically altered animals from destroying everything in their path.
BELOW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS…CONTINUE READING AT OWN RISK
Just like the 1986 arcade game that RAMPAGE is based on, this movie is a lot of fun! It has everything you want out of an action movie. Three giant monsters…check! Terrific special effects…check! Over the top action sequences…check! WWE wrestler, turned actor, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson…check! This movie is what is and doesn’t apologize for it and that is what makes me enjoy it all the more. Peyton and Johnson were not out to make a movie that was going to win any academy awards. No, that’s not what this movie is. This movie is strictly for the fans of the arcade game and for an audience that wants to be blown away by an unbelievable story and some amazing action. It’s no secret this has been a bit of a passion project for The Rock and I’m so glad he got it made. I was hooked from the beginning of this film all the way to the end. I was actually thinking the story was going to be truly unbelievable, but I was surprised by the amount of effort that was put in to it. Now, I’m not saying this is a story that could happen, far from it. I’m just saying this movie doesn’t have that “slap together at the last minute” vibe I was expecting. There was preparation made with this film and you can tell by all the special effects in it. Brad Peyton knows his stuff when it comes to making a movie that is over powered by CGI. He’s like a better version of Stephen Sommers. I was impressed by all of his choices and he really works well with Johnson. They really did a great job with their third collaboration and I’ll be the first to say it out loud…RAMPAGE SEQUEL PLEASE!!! I mean, there are still some characters from the arcade game we could see in a sequel if they wanted to make one…like Boris & Ruby. More chaos and destruction is still waiting to be made and George could still be there to save the day…oh and The Rock too…LOL. In my opinion, this movie is definitely a lot of fun and does deserve a chance to be seen on the big screen, but no one is going to get their feelings hurt if you wait to watch it at home too. Either one is fine. Until next time, thanks for reading.