Originally Published on Salty Popcorn
We follow the story of Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), a primatologist who prefers the company of animals than that of his friends and family. In his years working at the local zoo, Davis has formed a strong bond with a rare albino gorilla known as George (motion capture by Jason Liles). They’re inseparable, but tragedy strikes one night when a secret scientific experiment crash-lands in George’s enclosure. He’s quickly doubled in size, with room for further growth, developing a violent personality that sees him escaping his enclosure and running rampant throughout the city streets. Davis, knowing the most about this creature, teams up with Dr. Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) and Agent Russell (Jeffery Dean Morgan) to track George down and stop him before he destroys the entire city.
And does the insanity deliver? You betcha. Having these three creatures collide delivers on all fronts, crafting some big and disastrous action sequences that define the word ‘fun.’ The RAMPAGE video game is nothing more than these monsters tearing down buildings, and while that’s obviously not enough of a narrative to warrant a feature length adaptation, the film delivers in its faithfulness and yes, buildings are destroyed. There’s a third act showdown that’s relentlessly bonkers in all the right ways, and it’s some of the most fun I’ve had in a movie so far this year.
As well as that, if you want to get to the monster battles, you’re going to have to put up with an agonising number of scenes involving villainous CEO’s played by Malin Akerman and Jake Lacey. While most of this film is so bad it’s good, these scenes are just straight up bad. However, the central story of The Rock (he does have a character name technically but let’s be real, this is the only character The Rock ever plays) and George has enough emotional resonance and heart at its core that, even after having to slog through large portions of the runtime, you’ll leave the theatre with a smile on your face.
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