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Rampage - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Apr 22, 2018 - 7:27:56 PM

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A wild science fiction spectacle that loose adapts the video game it is named for.

Big Meets Bigger.

When a silverback albino gorilla becomes one of the three animals mutated to an enormous size, the primatologist who has taken care of him since birth will do anything to find a cure. He must team up with a disgraced genetic engineer to secure an antidote in time to save his altered friend and stop the other raging animals from destroying the city they have converged on.

Davis Okoye is a primatologist at the San Diego Wildlife Preserve who was a former U S Army Special Forces soldier in the anti-poaching unit and friend to a mutating albino gorilla named George. Dr. Kate Caldwell is a discredited genetic engineer specializing in CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) who was fired from Energyne when she discovered her advance research was going to be used as a biological weapon. Harvey Russell is a high ranking agent for the shadowy OGA (Other Government Agency) looking for a way to stop the mutating animals, but also retrieve the data on how they were created. Claire Wyden is the CEO of Energyne in possession of the mutagenic serum and antidote connected to her company’s Project: Rampage experiment.

Rampage is a science fiction monster movie that does not fail to entertain with over-the-top fun B movie action. I can’t say if this movie has broken the video game movie adaptation curse but it opens the door for more to try. It was cool seeing two Watchmen alums Malin Akerman and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the same movie again, but I do wish they were given a little bit more to do. Brad Peyton directs Dwayne Johnson for the third time and shows that the teaming up of this director and star could be the next big thing in the adventure movie genre. Weta Digital was able to remind us why they are one of the top special effects creators in the film business with animal effects that built on what they have produced with King Kong and the recent Planet of the Apes trilogy. This movie brought to mind such movies as Mighty Joe Young, Congo and Evolution. I have heard some complaints that this motion picture was a bit cartoonish, but I don’t see that at a bad thing. I rate this movie a rating of 3 & 1/2 out of 5.

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