Rampage (2018) – Movie Review

Rampage is a sci-fi action adventure film directed by Brad Peyton and based on the video game of the same name. The film stars Dwayne Johnson in a lead role, and this is the 3rd time, Dwayne Johnson is working in collaboration with Brad Peyton as a lead actor after Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) and San Andreas (2015).

The film opens up with a really promising sequence in a space, where the space station is completely demolished after a rogue experiment, and one of the last crew members is trying to escape with the pathogen samples. The escape pod gets crumbled upon re-entry, which eventually results in the death of a crew member, but the canisters containing extremely dangerous pathogen get spread across different areas in a forest in Wyoming and contaminate a gray wolf and a crocodile. The consumption of that pathogen results in the increased level of aggression, lethal mutation, and above all, the growing monstrous size. The pathogen also affects a rare albino gorilla named George, who was saved from poachers by Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), which bound them in a special relation of friendship. Now, Davis must uncover the conspiracies behind these deadly experiments and must find the cure for his friend George, so that he can stop the havoc caused in the city by two other giant monsters.

The trailers had given a pretty much good idea about what we need to expect from this film, and it succeeded to deliver the same with the fair amount of action. The plot of the film is a video game based and not so convoluted, but it can’t be denied that films with monsters and destructions are not so new to the industry, but there are some really cool action sequences which pay off. The film has received mixed reviews from critics and audience, with praise for Johnson’s performance and the visual effects. The writing of the film seems weaker at some points which doubts to the source material.

Verdict : The film does not serve anything new but for cool action sequences and Johnson’s performance it can be a good time.

Rating : 3.2/5

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sounds like it’s exactly what I expect — little intelligence, but big action. A popcorn movie. Thanks for your review!

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