Rampage: Big Meets Bigger – 2018


Rampage is one of those movies that looks really cool on the outside before you start to watch it. It looks stone-cold, to be honest. Dwayne Johnson looks tough and the animals, especially the gorilla look awesome! It’s hard to say if it will be a totally awesome action movie or kinda an adventurous movie aimed at younger audiences. That is before you see the actual movie.

It is a little bit too ridiculous for my tastes. It’s funny at times but also a bit juvenile. För a grown man of almost 50 I guess I’m not that attracted to that kind of movie anymore. There were certainly elements in there I enjoyed, but as a whole, it’s a little bit too straightforward and typical. Some of the story is right forward cartoonish with really wooden acting. That’s something I don’t necessarily enjoy.

Rampage begins in space with a space station collapsing. We later learn that this is the research facility for an upright evil corporation. Well, at least one of the owners is evil. It’s owned by two siblings – a sister, and a brother. I think these characters are the most wooden of all. It’s so much over the top that it’s not even funny. The dominating bitch sister taking control of the nerd brother. There’s no life to it, no depth at all to the characters.

Instead, there’s life in the character of George, the albino Gorilla you see on the cover of Rampage. It’s odd that the character with the most life inside is a CGI creation. Well, I guess they don’t make them like they used to. Dwayne Johnson plays this animal expert that saves the day in the end. There must be a character like that in every disaster movie. Because I think that Rampage qualifies as a disaster movie. There are three animals going to Chicago, and they will stop at nothing getting there. They’re raging and don’t let anything stand in their way.

Anyway. The research material reaches earth and when the animals are exposed to it they get extremely aggressive and grow beyond control. George, the gorilla, is the one we get to follow the most. It’s natural to use a creature that is intelligent and is very resembling us, humans. It becomes more of a monster in some ways since it was kinda tame, to begin with. Adding size and temper to a wild animal like the wolf doesn’t make as big a contrast as the gorilla.

Of course, it’s entertaining to watch and you might get caught up in it. But I don’t think I’ll ever watch it again. it’s a one-time watch movie for me. But you should never say never and never rule out possibilities. Right now it feels like enough but of course, things might change over time.

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