What do you get when you have three monstrous animals such as an albino gorilla, wolf and alligator fighting each other? You get terror.
That is what video-game-spinoff film Rampage, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Naomie Harris did very well with. It has a King Kong vibe to it if you pay attention and are very good with noticing things that remind you of other films.
(L) Naomie Harris and Dwayne Johnson in Rampage, which made $34.5 million
its opening weekend in the United States and Canada.
The Rock plays Davis Okoye, a primatologist who has been taking care of his gorilla friend, George, for years. Later, he meets Dr. Kate Caldwell, portrayed by Pirates of the Caribbean, Southpaw, and Skyfall star, Naomie Harris.
Rampage is directed by 39-year-old, Canadian-American director, Brad Peyton who is known for other films such as Incarnate (2016),and San Andreas (2015) which also stars The Rock, among other less popular films.
Peyton masters the art of graphics and a great storyline which are two imperatives I rave about almost constantly in my movie reviews.
Without a good storyline and good graphics, it is an automatic red flag for any genre.
Looking back at the atmosphere of the theater, everyone’s eyes were glued to the screen, not to mention a young woman two seats away from me on my left that would “awww” whenever a touching scene came around.
You must appreciate the connection between a viewer and a movie at times, they or you truly become a part of the film.
One thing I really appreciated is that it was very quiet so you didn’t have to worry about distant, beneath-the-breath conversations, babies crying or phones going off.Shifting back to the movie, one thing I found interesting is that the climax and resolution were in one scene at the end of the film, not one after the other in the middle.
As bad as that may sound by combining two elements in one, that’s what makes some films great, breaking the rules of writing the plot and letting your imagination and creativity take the wheel. Things like this are what make some directors iconic.
All in all, I really enjoyed Rampage. Just about every film I’ve seen that either stars or co-stars The Rock, I liked a lot. The film is rated PG-13 for some crude humor and some graphic images and scenes. The duration runs at 1 hour and 55 minutes, round it off to 2 hours if you’d like.
I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars because there were little to no mistakes made and it was just a well-done film all around.
I saw it this weekend at Cinemark 20 on Gateway West, but depending on where you live, there are other Cinemark theaters that are currently showing it since it was released on Friday the 13th.
I also suggest going on Tuesdays where it’s $5.50 all day for any movie. Safe and happy viewing!!!