‘Rampage’: Average Dwayne Johnson Action Flick

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Anthony Peyton

Blockbusters. We see them every year. Some are good and some are bad. What we also see every year is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson grace the screen with his charm, humor, and muscle. No matter the movie or quality of actors, people will still make the trip to the movies to see this guy in action. Which is the case with video-game-turned-smash-hit Rampage.

Bare with me as I try to explain the plot. The story begins with a company called Energyne whose been conducting experiments, based on animal DNA, to build an indestructible weapon of mass destruction. The samples that they had were being held and researched at a space station but those samples fall from space and land on Earth for three animals – a gorilla, a wolf, and an alligator – to get a hold of it, mutate, and become undefeatable monsters that wreak havoc across multiple U.S. states. It also follows a primatologist (Dwayne Johnson) and a geneticist (Naomie Harris) who look to find a cure to defeat these animals.

Though the plot was a little extra, the acting wasn’t. In fact, there was nothing special about the acting at all. It makes me question why exactly an Academy Award Nominee like Naomie Harris would do a film like this, but I guess if it has “The Rock” himself then you gotta say yes. I mean, wouldn’t you?

But the acting wasn’t the focus of the film and I don’t think director Brad Peyton cared at all about it. Instead the film was made the way any blockbuster is made – to be enjoyable. Which it definitely was. Movies like these don’t need great or even average acting and writing to wow an audience. That’s what the special effects and action is for.

While we’re on the subject of special effects, holy crap that animal CGI was mind blowing. It seems that every Dwayne Johnson film that involves animals, like Jumanji, includes the most realistic computer generated animals that I’ve ever seen besides Planet of the Apes.

Aside from that, Rampage was an action film. Everyone knows what to expect, so will you. It’s a fun viewing experience to use as an excuse to escape from real life. Because, at the end of the day, that’s the point of movies.

My Rating: 59%

Acting: 1.5/4

Cinematography: 3/4

Story: 2/4

Enjoyability: 3/4


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