review by Bobby Blakey
During the 80s one the video game Rampage was a big hit with kids for its sheer fun in destroying cities with giant monsters. The idea was one that could have been great for a movie, but not one anyone thought would go that route since the original didn’t have much of a storyline. Now Dwayne Johnson and San Andreas director Brad Peyton are reteaming for their latest flick Rampage co-starring Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, P.J. Byrne, Marley Shelton, Breanne Hill, Jack Quaid and Matt Gerald. Could this be one of those video game to film movies that delivers the destructive fun or will it fail to complete any of the levels?
Rampage follows primatologist Davis Okoye, 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 transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered alpha predators. As these newly created monsters 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. Going into a movie like this you have to keep the expectations low because they are clearly not looking to change the world of cinema. This film is strictly to entertain and rain down the destruction with giant monsters and it delivers that in spades.
Had this film been with anyone other than Dwayne Johnson this film would have likely fell flat, but his usual charisma and big personality perfectly matches this story. Outside of the onslaught of destruction the best parts of the film are the interactions between Johnson and George the gorilla. These are heart felt and pretty funny that help to drive the film forward which it needed since its original source material never really had a story. Jeffery Dean Morgan steals every scene he is in and looks to be having a ton of fun which shines through every moment on screen. Fans are now used to his dark turn as Negan on the Walking Dead, but this something completely opposite and a ton of fun to watch.
For this film to work they had to not only bring a story that makes sense, which despite being silly works, but more importantly the effects have to make you believe what is going on. They knock it out of the park across the board with everything except for the wolf aka Ralph. He is cool and all, but in comparison to Lizzy and George he just felt the most fake in overall design. This didn’t hurt the film in any way for me as I went just wanting to see them come together to wipe out a city and they do just that in the most epic way possible. This is the kind of film you just turn off your brain and have a great time watching the destruction unfold like a symphony of chaos and debris.
This release not only includes the film in 4K that takes the destruction to the next level, but bonus content including deleted scenes, a gag reel, and featurettes that take you behind bringing this film to the big screen. Join in the on the destruction when Rampage available now on Digital HD and on 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and DVD on July 17th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.