REVIEW: Rampage (2017)
Video game-to-film adaptations have always had a bad reputation, and have rarely been accurate to their source material. However, the arrival of new film ‘Rampage’ might be able to destroy that stigma.
‘Rampage’ is based on the 1986 arcade game of the same name, where you have to control a giant gorilla, named George, a giant crocodile-type creature called Lizzie or a giant werewolf, called Ralph, and destroy as much of the game’s city landscape as possible to proceed to the next level.
After seeing the film, I can definitely say that this is the most accurate video game adaptation so far.
The film adaptation follows Davis (played by Dwayne Johnson), a primatologist and ex-military personal, and his friend George the Gorilla. When George is hit by a scientific experiment that has fallen from the sky, he starts to rapidly grow in size and aggression. Desperate to save his friend, Davis travels to Chicago in hopes of finding a cure and discovers that this same experiment may have also mutated a wolf and a crocodile…and citywide destruction ensues.
The performances are great: Dwayne Johnson and Naomi Harris play very likeable and interesting characters, and they work very well on-screen together. Even though Johnson seems to be in his comfort zone with this role, it looks like he had fun making this film, and I’ve grown to liking him more as an actor with every film I see him in. His on-screen chemistry with Jeffrey Dean Morgan was very charming to watch too (even if Morgan’s accent did get annoying very quickly).
The friendship between Davis and George was believable and, at times, heart-warming which made me care for the characters when the film’s storyline really kicks into gear; I wanted these characters to survive the chaos that was happening on-screen.
While the CGI was cartoon-ish at times (especially when focusing on George), the creature designs for Ralph the Wolf and Lizzie the Crocodile were fantastic and unique-looking. The soundtrack was also fantastic and perfectly worked with the visuals. On top of this, it was memorable, which I find rare in action films.
Overall, ‘Rampage’ is a fun-filled action adventure, and is probably the most accurate video game adaptation to date.
Megan’s Rating: 8.0/10
Directed by: Brad Peyton
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan