Saturday, April 14, 2018
RAMPAGE MOVIE REVIEW
Rampage is directed by Brad Peyton and stars Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The plot of the movie is when three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago. I had a lot of fun playing the Rampage video game when I was a kid so I was excited to see what it would be like as a movie. This is an extremely cheesy film with some horrendous dialogue and characters that make decisions at the last minute that solve all their problems. Death is not taken very seriously in the film. Some deaths are even portrayed for a laugh. The reason I saw Rampage was to watch monsters destroy cities because that is what the game was. Unfortunately, you have to get through a lot of pointless scenes to get to any of that which is just the last 20 minutes. When the city is being destroyed that is fun to watch. All of the jokes in this movie do not land at all. There are a few characters that are introduced early on that disappear and you never see them again. Dwayne Johnson's character survives everything. He gets in a helicopter on top of a building that is crumbling and he just comes up with a plan that works. Easily the part of the film I thought was the weakest was the villains. The movie had to have a reason for the scientific experiment that made the monsters. So we have two people who work at this agency. They don't give a shit about anyone and want to see the world destroyed for money. Their motivation is just money just like several other villains that we have seen. The movie cuts back to the two of them constantly and the performances only made it worse. The only funny part about those scenes is they have the original Rampage arcade game in their office. I have always liked Dwayne Johnson he is one is the most likable actors working today. He is not the problem the real issue is the screenplay. One really cool thing about the game that would have helped the film is people in the game are transformed into the monsters. That would have added a lot to this movie and it would have been an interesting moral dilemma. 2 out of 5 stars for Rampage. I hope you enjoyed my review.