I’ve been pretty excited for Dwayne Johnson’s new movie Rampage, about a group of giant animals that terrorize cities, fight each other, and generally just cause a lot of mayhem and destruction. Reteaming with San Andreas director Brad Peyton, Johnson stars as a mostly anti-social primatologist named Davis whose best friend is a 7-foot, 500-pound gorilla named George. But when George (and a couple of other wild animals) are exposed to a foreign chemical that genetically reengineers them as giant killing machines, it’s up to Davis and his team to recover George, reverse the effects of this serum, save the world, blah, blah, you get the drill.
You’re not going to see Rampage for its nuanced storytelling. You’re seeing Rampage to watch a massive, silverback gorilla level a building with a right hook. And if you’re not, adjust your expectations. Rampage looks like dumb, big budget fun of the highest order, with a fantastic ensemble cast that includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Naomie Harris, and Joe Mangianello. I honestly can’t wait to see this movie, and I’m completely ignoring the fact that, if we’re being objective here, it looks like doo-doo. Video game adaptations are never going to be artistic masterpieces or anything, but I’m hoping that Brad Peyton realized how dumb San Andreas was and decided to really lean into it with this one.
Check out the trailer for Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema’s Rampage, which is set to The Smashing Pumpkins’ Bullet With Butterfly Wing because despite all George’s rage…You get it:
The key to Rampage will end up depending on how seriously this movie takes itself. If it tries too hard to justify this story about the giant animals as being genuinely moving on any level, then we’ve got a problem. The emphasis here needs to be on fun, not lesson learning and metaphors. None of that crap in my big action movies!
Here’s a full synopsis of Rampage:
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered alpha predators. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer (Naomie Harris) to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.
The Rock and the giant gorilla hit theaters in Rampage on April 20th, 2018!
Images: Warner Bros.
Source: Slash Film