Rampage – Film #28


So I feel like I should apologise to my mother for my swearing there…but that’s the exact reaction I have coming out of Dwayne Johnson’s new film based loosely on the game of the same name.

The original arcade game had you controlling monsters that wrecked cities, avoiding military attacks.

The film takes that to a whole new level.

Dwayne Johnson has to be careful with video game movies…who can remember Doom? Yeah, me neither!

But this film rekindles me faith in adaptations.

Johnson plays David Okoye, a primatologist who has taken in an Albino Gorilla called George.

Unfortunately when a genetics experiment taking place in space goes awry, and the shuttle crashes to earth, the pathogen hits George’s compound and begins to mutate him, making him bigger, stronger and angrier than ever before. At the same time, a wolf and a crocodile have also been infected.

Sounds silly? That’s because it is..but if you suspend belief, what you get is an absolute riot of a film.

Naomi Harris plays a geneticist who thinks she has a cure and the two team up to try to stop George and his mutated counterparts from wrecking the whole of America.

This is a big, bold, loud film that is definitely worthy of IMAX 3D. It pulls no punches when it comes to the destruction and the action rarely let’s up once it begins.

We get the storyline and the connection between man and gorilla early doors before everything goes insane.

It’s an absolute thrill ride. Sure, it smacks of Godzilla and San Andreas, but that’s not a bad thing…combine them both and you get something very fun and watchable.

Dwayne is really settling into this big Hollywood action hero now. He is fun and likeable in equal measures and it’s no surprise why he is raking in the money now!

Rating 9/10


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