Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is back in this, a computer game adaptation of an arcade game of the same name.
Johnson (“Skyscraper“, “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle“) plays Davis Okoye, a primatologist who looks after a big, silver-back gorilla known as George. George is a pretty clever gorilla and can sign and understand a lot, particularly from Okoye.
Meanwhile, up in the void of space, a company are working on genetic manipulation, illegal back on Earth, and find out why it’s illegal when they create a monster which causes the space-station to explode, sending their experimental pathogen crashing to Earth.
Three animals, George, a wolf and an alligator, inadvertently ingest this pathogen and begin transforming into giant versions of themselves with some enhancements to-boot.
Okoye teams up with Dr. Kate Caldwell, Naomie Harris (“Spectre“, “Southpaw“), who created the pathogen in the first place but her intention to use it for good was overruled by the bad-guys who own the company, to save Chicago where these giants are headed.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice“, “The Walking Dead”) also pop-ups when it’s convenient. He plays a cowboy-esq government man who never says which particular government agency he works for but seems to be able to go everywhere but be in charge of few.
I’m not familiar with the arcade game, although the one and only extra on the Blu-ray is a short film about transferring the game to the movie and you get to see some clips from it, so can’t say how close, or otherwise, it is.
The movie itself is fine, it’s good fun, the CGI is ok, there’s a ton of destruction, plenty of action, a little humour, but we’ve seen swathes of it before and it’s not necessarily that the other movies did it better, they just did it first (or first in this context at least).
Both Johnson and Harris perform their roles well, they may forgive a little quick and seem to form a bond quickly despite having little of that type of interaction, but it’s fine.
Morgan’s role is an interesting one. He speaks in a slow drawl, the shiny ivory pistol grip always showing on his hip. It’s a little annoying because you don’t know who he is or where he’s from or what his interest is, he just seems to get on Johnson and Harris’s side without much questioning.
What Rampage provides is a good dose of entertainment for just over an hour and a half. Take it for what it is and don’t question it too much, and perhaps don’t expect bad guys that are scary in anyway, and you should be fine.
Just remember that the film is rated 12 and it feels like it misses a lot because of that.
On the Blu-ray side the quality is fine but the extras are awful, just the one and, unless you are a massive fan of the game, I can’t see it’s going to be of that much interest. Surely a better extra would have been how they created the giant animals, how the actors had to interact with empty space or whatever they used?
Rampage is now available digitally and on DVD, 4K Ultra HD & Blu-Ray on 20th August.
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