Rampage Reviewed By Joseph Hoshino

The Premise
Primatologist Davis Okoye shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. 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.

The Review
I’ve had my eyes on this one for some time now, so to put at ease the question of whether or not it’s actually decent, Rampage is pretty much everything you can hope for in a delightful action blockbuster. If beasts, explosions, and boss battles are right up your alley, you’ll probably have a blast watching this on the big screen.

Coming from an arcade game franchise of the mid 80’s, I have to say that this one is a fair bit before my time. Either way, this film isn’t centred around nostalgia but instead something that reflects on the game series while working in its own right to be an action packed thrill for many audiences. Over the years, Hollywood has been notorious for poor film adaptations of many different video games, so I feel that this one deserves some credit for not trying to ground itself too deeply in the traditions of its gaming predecessor.

Following past movies like Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and San Andreas, Brad Peyton does a solid job of directing another explosively fun adventure story. Even though many will argue that they’re mimicking famous monsters like King Kong and Godzilla, the beasts of this film look pretty badass and the fights are still a joy to watch. The storyline may have its predictable moments but there’s enough of a buzz to keep the whole thing going.

Dwayne Johnson has a very welcome presence and shares some great laughs with George the gorilla. Together they have a sweet chemistry that I’m sure so many animal lovers will relate to in some way.

What really drew me in since the trailer was Jeffrey Dean Morgan. His character steps in with so much swagger and charm, very similar to what he classically brings into The Walking Dead.

The Verdict
Without pretentiously trying to follow in the footsteps of its video game wellspring, Rampage delivers on being an entertaining beast brawl with a reasonable plot to piece it all together.  

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 12th April 2018
Rating: M – Contains Violence & content that may disturb
Duration: 107 minutes
Genre:  Action
Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dwayne Johnson, Jake Lacy
Director: Brad Peyton (San Andreas)