Rampage (PG-13)

Rampage, starring Dwayne Johnson and Naomi Harris, tells the story of the aftermath of a failed genetic experiment which takes place in space. Following an explosion, debris from the destruction of the spacecraft on which the experiment was being conducted falls to earth and causes a few animals to become contaminated by pathogens that make them super sized, super strong, super fast and super aggressive. The military, other government forces, and The Rock, try to figure out ways to stop these super beasts and the potential destruction they may cause to the city of Chicago. In the meantime, the evil corporate power responsible for the experiment races to get their hands on these super beasts in the name of profit.

I opted not to see Rampage in 3D, so I can’t say whether it’s worth the extra money or not. I just wasn’t in a “3D type of mood” today. The set design, action and cinematography are wonderful, so I could see it being worth a 3D viewing, perhaps. The effects are fine. And any time there is a fight among giant beast on the big screen is a good time as far as I’m concerned.

The acting is fine with some humor and much intensity and urgency. I mean, we’re trying to save the world here people, but there’s always time for a little joke. Right? If you’re a fan of Dwayne Johnson, you pretty much know what you get with him. He can probably perform these roles in his sleep at this point. Here he delivers more of the same, which is not necessarily a bad thing. He is consistent, and knows how to pick roles that suit him. Big dude saves the day. Again. The end. Jeffrey Dean Morgan  does a great job in his role as the agent who works for the “other” government agency. Naomi Harris is an excellent actress, but there was zero chemistry between these two lead characters. I understand that a check is a check and the opportunity to be in a movie with The Rock is significant, but I don’t think she really “fit” here.

The main problem with Rampage is the writing. Rampage is like a mixture of King Kong, Mighty Joe Young, Jurassic Park, Godzilla, with a touch of Planet of the Apes and a few other movies we’ve all seen before. Animal lovers should enjoy it very much because George, the featured ape, will steal your heart. At times unexpected things occur. I had one really effective scare. It is suspenseful in a sense, but on the same token, it is also boilerplate, with some very predictable scenes that could have been better thought out and more creatively choreographed. There is the same beckoning the “monster” to distract it, continuously shooting at this thing with absolutely no possibility of stopping it with fire power from guns, luring one creature to attack another, one person in charge not taking the good advice, leading to potentially catastrophe results, etc., etc., etc. There just isn’t enough originality here to make Rampage stand out from similar movies that have been done before, and been done better.

Rampage earned 6.5 out of 10 bloops. It’s not bad, but it certainly could have been much better, and falls short of being what I would call “good.” Visually, it is definitely worth a big screen watch (I would recommend you turn off the water on the 4XD chair, unless you enjoy the spray.). Less jaded movie goers, a/k/a the youngsters, will probably enjoy Rampage more than I. Be forewarned, it is PG-13, and not because of foul language, but foul gestures, which are meant to be humorous. If you’re looking for a movie to kill a bit of time over the weekend you could do worse, but I’m sure you could do better.

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1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

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Truth or Dare
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Past Reviews

A Quiet Place
Ready Player One
A Wrinkle in Time
Lady Bird
I, Tonya
The Florida Project
Black Panther
Molly’s Game
The Post
Phantom Thread
Den of Thieves
All the Money in the World
The Greatest Showman
The Disaster Artist
Call Me By Your Name
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Victoria and Abdul
Thor: Ragnarok
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Good Time
Atomic Blonde
Girls Trip
Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Big Sick
Baby Driver
All Eyez on Me 
It Comes at Night 
The Wedding Plan 
Wonder Woman
Everything, everything
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Kong: Skull Island
The Girl with All the Gifts
A Cure for Wellness 
Get Out
Hidden Figures
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Hacksaw Ridge
Nocturnal Animals
Captain Fantastic
I Am Not Your Negro
The Lobster

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