Plot: Rampage is a 2018 American science fiction monster film directed by Brad Peyton, loosely based on the video game series of the same name. It follows a primatologist named Davis Okoye who must team up with George, an albino gorilla who turns into a raging creature of enormous size following a rogue experiment, in order to stop an invasion of monsters.
Review: In case y’all didn’t know, this movie is based off a 1980’s game of the same name where you play as humans who have drank a formula that turns them into giant animals (a gorilla, a wolf, and a lizard) and you’d go around destroying the city… and if you died, you’d revert back to your human state. I didn’t play that version, but I played the PlayStation arcade version with the better graphics, and this movie is TOTALLY different from the games… but is that a good thing or a bad thing?
It’s a bit of both. I admire how much story they were able to do with the simple plot of the games, but that plot gets stretched REAL thin once you’re about halfway through the movie. I really enjoyed the beginning and the ending, the middle is when the movie gets super goofy. I liked the relationship between Dwayne Johnson and George the gorilla, and for the most part the creature designs were cool- the only one I wasn’t a fan of the way it looked was the giant wolf, I felt like that design was the weakest. I thought all the destruction the animals do in the film were really cool, and they really tore up Chicago. Jeffery “Lean” Morgan was pretty much just playing Negan from “The Walking Dead” and yes, I changed his middle name cuz that dude was leaning a majority of the time.
Now that I got the positives out of the way, kinda, let’s get into the negatives: the main villains of this film were just Team Rocket from Pokémon pretty much, The Rock gets shot with a bullet and he’s down for a minute, but then he gets back up and gets stronger somehow, I don’t know. There’s about three helicopters that get destroyed in this film because the director did San Andreas and he’s got a helicopter fetish for some reason, and the whole science on why the creatures are acting up makes no sense.
Overall it’s an enjoyable film, but it’s definitely not gonna win any Oscars, but that’s fine. I still think they should’ve gone with the humans turning into animals idea, but apparently from what I read, the director thought that was silly- so what do I know?
Grade: I’m giving “Rampage” a 7/10 or a C. I had fun but that middle part was really really goofy.