Rampage – Film Review

Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars

What’s it about?

Rampage is an action flick adapted from a videogame by the same name and is directed by Brad Peyton and stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Naomi Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Joe Manganiello and Malin Ackerman among others.

When an accident in the space station that conducts genetic experiments destroys the space station, three experimental gene-modifying nano technology canisters are shot out into space and land in different parts of North America. One of them lands in the San Diego zoo where it effects a Albino silverback gorilla named George, causing him to grow at a rapid rate and become savage. As he escapes, his caretaker primatologist played by the Rock joins up with the government in order to track down and capture George while ensuring that no harm comes to him. The other two canisters affect a wolf and an alligator, and the three genetically enhanced animals convene in Chicago where they proceed to wreak havoc to the city. How the Rock and his team manages to save the day is what makes up for the rest of the film.

What’s Good?

This is a film where you leave your brains behind and watch it for the creature action it provides. In that sense, this is a serviceable popcorn flick, mainly because of the last twenty minutes. The enhanced creatures attack Chicago during these twenty minutes or so and The Rock must stop them, which makes for pretty compelling viewing. The action here is more true to a videogame than most videogame films. What is also handled well is the relationship that the Rock shares with the silverback gorilla George. The bonding between them is shown well and works in the film’s favor. All in all, a harmless popcorn flick that one watches and forgets the next day.

What’s Not?

This is template movie making at its best. There is hardly a scene in the film that will surprise the viewer. There is a been-there-seen-that kind of a generalness to the proceedings. So many things happen in the film that bear no consequences or repercussions to the protagonists whatsoever. Potentially fatal injuries are conveniently forgotten couple of scenes later. People just survive and walk out of aircraft crashes and collapsed buildings. The villains in the film seem like they have walked out of a ScoobyDo cartoon. They over act, which make all their scenes cringe worthy to say the least.

Performances

The Rock does what he does best, kick ass and look good doing it. The former wrestling superstar is charismatic and carries the film on his broad shoulders. Naomi Harris plays a geneticist and does not have much to do in the film other than spout some “science” and run around with the Rock. Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays a stereotype Texan FBI agent, but seems to be having fun playing the role. Malin Ackerman is OK as the campy villain but Jake Lacy as her brother overacts and is intolerable. Joe Manganiello is barely there in the film and fails to make any impact. Rest of the supporting cast are OK in their respective jobs.

Final Word

A one time watch popcorn flick that the viewer will forget the next day!


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