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"Rampage" Movie Review

Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.


Rampage stars Dwayne Johnson as a primatologist (who just so happens to have a Special Forces background) who is thrust into the middle of a monster war. When a government satellite containing highly experimental chemicals crash-lands in a Wyoming primate zoo, intelligent ape George finds and inhales it, turning him into a gigantic, strong beast. Two other canisters land in other places, one in Florida and the other in a Colorado forest, a wolf and an alligator are also transformed. The government sends out a signal (much like a dog whistle) to attract the monsters to one location where they hope to trap them. When it's obvious that won't work, it's up to George and Dwayne Johnson to make their stand in Chicago and stop these monsters.

Okay, so now that you have an idea what the plot is, let's have a look at this for a moment, shall we? First of all, let's get the big issue out of the way. The film was very predictable. While, yes, it was fun and entertaining, there was nothing new here. In fact, Dwayne's films are almost all the same. Lately, he's been playing either a cop or some sort of military badass that swoops in to save the day. Probably one of the only good things about Jumanji 2 was that he was a kid in an avatar's body. But seriously, what happened to his glory days with touching films like Gridiron Gang or The Game Plan? Even The Rundown was fun and action-packed without being predictable. But now, he's fallen into the pattern a lot of action stars do. The second big problem was the alligator monster. Not saying it was bad-looking or not cool enough, because it was a pretty awesome creature. What I mean is that it wasn't really explained how it traveled from Florida to Chicago without anyone noticing. I assume it traveled up the Mississippi River and then into the Illinois tributary but would that huge of a monster been able to swim that far without anyone noticing or reporting it until it showed up in Chicago?

Now for the positives. I absolutely loved Naomie Harris and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in this film. Both were outstanding in their roles and, honestly, both outshined Dwayne. Malin Akerman was a good human villain. She was introduced and used well. I don't think there was much development with her but there also really wasn't much more they could have done with her character. Joe Manganiello sadly wasn't in the film as much as he should have been. I would have loved to have seen him and Dwayne team up instead of Dwayne stealing the spotlight yet again. But it is what it is.

In conclusion, Rampage is fun however I wouldn't recommend you rush out to see it. It's nowhere near the stellar film Ready Player One was, nor as thrilling as A Quiet Place. Relive the greats and save Rampage for Blu-ray. I give the film a 2.5 out of 4.

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