*Video Game to Movie Review
Okay so Mother's Day was amazing! I'd already participated in an early celebration with my mom and grandmother at #ThreeKings, an awesome restaurant with a fab black bean veggie burger on Friday, which was a blast. Sunday, actual Mother's Day, my mom and I went to see Rampage (Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), at her request. At first, I thought it would be some silly, CG gorilla and a few other hybrid creatures running through a city giving off dire destruction...
Well, it was a movie with a CG gorilla and other hybrid creatures handing off dire destruction to Chicago, but it was also a really fun movie!
The ever-handsome Dwayne Johnson plays Davis Okoye, a primatologist who's best friends with George, an albino gorilla he rescued from poachers years ago. When his center, along with what I believe was a forest of wild wolves and a crocodile-filled swamp, are pummeled by rogue, experiment canisters from outer space. These affected creatures tear across North America, on an unknown quest, destroying everything in their paths.
What I loved about this movie first is. well... Dwayne Johnson! Like his colleague said, "Girls love the bald heads". No- YES, but really I loved how it was non-stop action. Yes, it's all unreal and yes most of the movie is in CG but it's 100% entertaining.
I also liked that it's from a video game. Most game to movie movies suck (excluding a few top sellers) but this one was right on time. I was reminded, by my brother, how he'd played the game all the time. At first I hadn't linked the two, but thanks to his tidbit, I recalled and was blown away with the story and action. I'm not a gamer, but I've always been the game observer. I got my thrills from watching others play and win. The only time I'm a Big Gamer is when I play on my mini-Atari system (with all the classic games). Rampage managed to hold to a lot of the game in that there is utter destruction everywhere you look. I didn't even realize that was Ralph and Lizzie! LOL
This movie is rated PG-13 but I think there's a tad bit more profanity involved than I'd prefer for my 13-year old. He's no innocent but to have him overly exposed to the comedic malediction (which seems to be in most movies lately: Ninja Turtles, Transformers, the new Jumanji and Ready Player One) isn't something I do without caution. I always view the movie first, so my son won't be running amuck, repeating what he's heard, thinking it's funny. I still have the right to control his viewing of such imprecation.
I can still say, from an adult standpoint, "Good show Bally Midway and New Line Cinema with WB and a couple others!" Rampage won't win any awards but it will definitely have you jumping for folks, laughing and cringing at some of the deaths. Go to the show and check this movie out. I may actually purchase it. I'm off to the next movie review. Cheers!
Directed by Brad Peyton
Produced by New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., Wrigley Pictures & Flynn Picture Company
Starred Dwayne Johnson, Naomi Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and
Released April 13, 2018
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