Rampage Review: Light On Intrigue, Heavy On Spectacle
When it was first revealed that the Rampage video game was going to be adapted into a live-action movie starring the Rock, I’m pretty sure most everyone in the world rolled their eyes. We all probably asked ourselves, “How could a movie based on a game about three monsters punching skyscrapers actually be turned into some sort of entertaining story?”. That’s a fair question to ask, especially when you consider the pretty awful track record of video game movies in general.
Well, Rampage did get produced and it is now in theaters, but surprisingly, it’s not a complete dumpster fire that will make you ask for your money back after watching it. In fact, for a disaster/sci-fi/action flick, it’s quite entertaining even though its plot and characters are as generic as it gets for this genre. There’s absolutely nothing surprising or intriguing about its narrative, but the action and special effects are solid enough to make you forget about plot and just enjoy the spectacle that Rampage is.
You can get my full review of the film below via the video review or its script.
“Hey now video game movie fans, Matt Heywood here for EntertainmentBuddha.com to review Rampage, or the game about punching buildings that somehow got turned into a live action movie.
In all seriousness though, as far as video game adapted movies go, the Dwayne Johnson starring Rampage isn’t half bad, mostly because the Rock and Negan are in it, but also because it’s just a silly and fun disaster action flick.
As long as you go into Rampage with that in mind, I do believe you will derive some entertainment out of it. Just be prepared for mindless fun.
And don’t expect a deep and engaging plot that is full of twists and turns, because I mean we’re talking about a game that literally just involved punching buildings until they crumbled. When you consider that premise though, the movie version of Rampage is kind of impressive, because it manages to at least entertain on basic levels for its entire runtime, and again we’re talking about a movie based on a game about punching skyscrapers.
I would say the action sequences and the special effects are the biggest stars of this film. Dwayne and Jeffrey Dean Morgan also make watching the film tolerable because they both bring their bravado to their generic action movie roles. Dwayne plays the muscle bound hero who does kinda look like he could take on three oversized mutant monsters and somehow come out of it with just a few scratches. While JDM plays a solid shady government agent type that also channels a bit of his take on Negan from The Walking Dead.
The rest of the cast is forgettable, and honestly, the monsters are really the only characters that are of interest, and that’s just because they look fantastic thanks to the film’s amazing visual effects. George is definitely the stand out, and he gets in a few memorable moments that aren’t just him and the two other monsters fucking shit up.
If you enjoyed the first Transformer movies solely for the spectacle, or other films of that nature, then you will also enjoy Rampage. Just don’t plan on having your mind blown by its narrative, and you will more than likely walk out feeling entertained but not blown away. I’ll take that any day for a silly movie concept like Rampage’s, so for what it set out to be, I think this movie hit the mark.
Rampage earns a 6.5 out of 10 review score from Team EB. I wouldn’t say it’s a must-see movie in theaters, but if you’re bored and have nothing else you want to watch before the summer blockbuster season officially kicks off, you could do worse.
Thanks for watching, Matt Heywood here for EntertainmentBuddha.com, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.”
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