Film review by Steve Duffy –
Based on the 1980’s video game, Rampage nowhere near bears any resemblance to it.
Primatologist Davis Okoye (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.
I love the Rock! His goofy charm makes all his movies fun to watch. He never takes himself too serious and always looks like he is having a great time.
The supporting cast is mediocre at best. Malin Åkerman and Jake Lacy are bad as the villains, their characters teeter on being cartoon-like. Jeffery Dean Morgan matches Johnson’s macho moxie as an agent of a government agency called OGA.
The CGI is visually-captivating and the action sequences will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Rampage is an over-the-top adventure that is horribly awesome and so much fun!
RATING: PG-13 for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief language, and crude gestures
RUNTIME: 107 mins