Reviews: Rampage 2018

Rampage review

The "plot" of Rampage, as it is, is that experimental gas falls from a satellite and crash lands in America, mutating a wolf, an alligator and a gorilla, turning them into monsters. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars as Davis Okoye, a primatologist and world's greatest living man who takes care of an albino gorilla named George. When George gets mutated and turned into King Kong, Rock "The Dwayne" Johnson races against time to prevent the army from hurting his gorilla friend and also to prevent the other mutated animals from destroying the world.

Is Rampage a good movie?

Well, the plot makes no sense and is riddled with holes, the scenes involving the military just standing around blabbing about the monsters are really dull, the characterisation was really flat and the film also struck me as being sort of pro-military, which was a bit squicky.

So, no, Rampage is not a good movie.

It is however, a lot of fun. Whenever the film is about the monsters tearing shit up, I have no problems. The film has a short running time and moves at a good clip so the dull scenes don't last very long, and even then, Dwayne Johnson still brings his natural charisma and Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Naomie Harris are likeable as well. Surprisingly enough, I found myself being actually quite invested in the friendship between The Rock and George the gorilla, and by the time they teamed up to fight the other monsters, I found I was really cheering them on.

But, really, if you're going to go see Rampage, you're going to go see it for the monster fights and the film really delivers on that front. The monsters have weight, their abilities are well-established and each one has enough personality to be engaging, which I believe is always a must.

Rampage is a relentlessly silly, empty action film. It's got it's charms though, and I can say that if it had been 8-year old me in that cinema, I would have loved it. If you enjoyed films like xXx: Return Of Xander Cage and Kong: Skull Island like I did, then I think Rampage will suit you just fine. I recommend it.

P.S. So...I guess this means that Rampage is now the best video game movie...ever, right? Huh. Okay then.

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