Dwayne Johnson fans are going to absolutely love this film; excuse the pun, but Johnson is really on a rampage. This film has all the requisite chases, destruction, and shoot ‘em ups that will have special effects junkies in ecstasy. “Rampage” will keep you on the edge of your seats.
Primatologist Davis Okoye, (Dwayne Johnson) the primate Director at the San Diego Zoo shares an unshakable bond with George, an extraordinarily intelligent albino gorilla Davis rescued as an infant when his mother was killed by poachers. George and Davis communicate through sign language.
A rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into an uncontrollable raging giant. An alligator and wolf are also exposed to the same chemical agent as George and become indestructible.
Malin Akerman is the villainess. Naturally a blonde, she is a brunette in “Rampage.” Have you noticed that villainesses are usually brunettes? She is able to call all three monsters to Chicago.
Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer, Dr. Kate Caldwell, (Naomi Harris) and a Government agent, Agent Russell, (Jeffery Dean Morgan), from a very secret, secret agency, to secure an antidote to change the animals back to their normal personality and strength.
I doubt if anyone in this film will garner an Academy Award Nomination for acting but that doesn’t matter. This film is fun and witty and worth seeing on the big screen.
What was really refreshing is they destroyed Chicago instead of LA, San Francisco, New York, or Washington. One of my favorite restaurants, on the 95th floor of the Hancock building, bites the dust as did the entire building,” that hurt.
Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, IL is the where the military headquarters are located which had the audience clapping when they saw that. I found it interesting that Whiteman Air Force Base in Southern Missouri, which was also featured in the film, had a mountain chain in the background. When did that happen? The Ozarks are rolling hills not mountains.
The story is a real stretch but so many of these types of movies are. This one has some really fun lines and situations. Ryan Engle created the story. Engle and Carlton Case & Ryan J. Condel and Adam Sztykiel wrote the script. I thought it was fun and fast. The story kept moving. Brad Peyton who directed Johnson in “San Andreas” and San Andreas 2,” which destroyed San Francisco, directed “Rampage.”
“Rampage” opens this weekend at AMC Eastgate Showplace 6, AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12, Jerseyville Stadium Theater, and Granite City Cine.