Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returns for another action packed CGI blockbuster with “Rampage.” This film adaptation of the video game series follows the rock as he fights to find a cure for his gorilla friend who has turned into a radioactive monster. Rampage perfectly captures the campiness of the original series but often falls into the territory of being down right cheesy.
The performances in this film were all over the place. Certain actors seemed amateur while the veterans like The Rock and Naomie Harris picked up the slack, but they were unable to do so fully due to the films awkward dialogue. There were certain lines that were just down right awful.
The action was undeniably great. The opening sequence perfectly captured the movies’ tone, the buxom blonde racing against time in space let me know what type of film I was in for right off the bat. The scenes in which the monsters are fighting exhibit the films finest moments. The cgi on the monsters was nothing spectacular but I have definitely seen worse. The fight sequences were very engaging and fun to look at but I couldn’t help but think they were too long. This film as a whole suffers from an overbearing 1 hour and 50 minute run time.
I saw the film in 3-D fully hoping the campiness would be played up for the format and I do not regret it. The scenes in which the monsters wreak havoc have lots of “pop-out” moments. I would recommend paying the extra few dollars to fully immerse yourself in this world, it is the perfect film for the gimmick.
If I were to rate this movie I would give it a 2 out of 5 simply because it knows it’s lane and they stuck too it but it was not enough to make up for some of the lackluster performances and dialogue.
Written by: Ahmad Wilson