Critic Consensus: Rampage isn't as fun as its source material, but the movie's sheer button-mashing abandon might satisfy audiences in the mood for a brainless blockbuster.
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Critic Reviews for Rampage
It may be based on a video game, but it plays like a live-action cartoon, one that doubles as a fantastical journey into the imagination and sensibility of a 10-year-old boy, complete with rude hand gestures and goofy declarations of badassery.
Dwayne Johnson takes on jumbo, aggressive, mutated creatures in an epic cheesefest featuring a silverback gorilla named George who flips the bird at The Rock. Wrong target, George. It's the movie that deserves the finger.
It's telling that two of Rampage's big set pieces end with a gigantic albino gorilla laughing and giving the finger straight into the camera.
When Johnson is doing that movie action star thing he does so well and giant animals are going enormous-mano-a-enormous-mano, there's undeniably goofy fun to be had. You just have to be patient during the downtime.
Rampage doesn't have much to offer: The plot is cursory, the dialogue is repetitive and the psychology is cheap.
Audience Reviews for Rampage
There's little not to like in a Dwayne Johnson-led film. In Rampage, Dwayne Johnson true to form does what he does best - becoming the hero in another formulaic blockbuster. Despite serious flaws in the script and casting, Dwayne delivers in this fun and action-packed film.
Dwyane Johnson is a box office phenom. Whether you like him or not, you cannot deny his appeal. Whether his movies are good or not, something draws you towards his features. Whether it's his charisma, personality, size, or physicality, Johnson is one of our current action heroes on par with Arnold in the late 80's and 90's. So while hits like Fast and Furious or Jumanji reign supreme at the box office, sometimes, with his sheer output of films on a yearly basis, some fall through the cracks. Rampage is one of those where the ride is more enjoyable than anything else the film has to offer, but it's enough to get you from beginning to end. Johnson gives everything he's got 100% of the time, so whenever he's on screen or involved in any dialogue, the movie hums. However, when he's even off the picture for a second, Rampage suffers from a lack of any true motivation for any of the other characters to make the words they are spewing make any sense. Malin Akerman is comical in her role as villain while Naomie Harris lacks credibility thanks to a less-than-convincing American accent as a scientist. The rest of the budget went to the less than stellar CGI which teetered between watchable when the monsters were on screen to laughable when they weren't (for the destruction or the god-awful airplane crash scene). But even among all the negatives from films like these, you circle back to why you see it in the first place: a strong lead from an actor we know who can't give a bad performance and a rollercoaster ride meant to be seen in theaters instead of a 42" TV at home.
Movies like Rampage hit the big screen many times each year, but they never stand out from the rest, because they're meant to appeal to the lowest of demographics. Kids between the ages of 10 and 16 fall in love with movies like this and then ask themselves why about 10 years later. That being said, Rampage has a little extra flair this time around, due to the star power in Dwayne Johnson. He has become the man to open movies as of late and honestly one of the few remaining big movie stars. Audiences seem to love everything he does, even if they love him for the fact that you're not supposed to take him very seriously. Rampage is exactly the movie that you expect it to be when watching the trailers, but here's why you may get a little more out of it in terms of entertainment. Based on the popular arcade game that was made famous decades ago, Rampage follows the military, animal trainers, and scientists as they track down and prevent catastrophe after an experiment goes wrong and multiplies the size and anger of a few animals. Yes, the premise is as silly as it sounds when talking about it, so you definitely have to go in ready for a corny ride from beginning to end. With that said, when certain characters say silly lines of dialogue, everything is still taken fairly seriously, so if you can sit back and have a good time with a dumb popcorn flick, then this may be the movie for you. Dwayne Johnson will continue to be the big star that he is for years to come because his on-screen charm doesn't seem to be going anywhere, at least anytime soon. I would recommend going to see this film for his interaction with everyone, yes, but his relationship with the main genetically-enhanced animal in George is great. This relationship is what will make or break the movie for you because the driving force of the story lies with these two characters. The final act of the movie is all about the culmination of where they started together at the beginning of the film, so if their chemistry doesn't work for you, then you may want to leave the theatre before it really dives in. This is where I'll dive into my negatives with this film, even though there really aren't many to discuss. The main issues are that the story itself is very familiar and the jokes have been told throughout countless blockbusters throughout the past. This is just about as safe as you can possibly make a movie like this, so I walked out not really complaining but wishing it provided much more than it did. The action is fun and the effects are surprisingly detailed and realistic, but the spectacle is really all this film has to offer for its audience. In the end, there isn't another way of saying it other than stating that this film is exactly what you are expecting it to be. Animals are mutated and destroy the city. You care about one of them and hope that Dwayne Johnson's character in Davis can work with him to stop everything from getting worse and I'll leave the rest up to your imagination. The conclusion you're probably coming up with is most likely what happens here. Yes, the charisma of Johnson is great, the secondary characters are likable enough, and I can really see this movie appealing to young teenagers, so it does receive a mild recommendation from me, but if you're looking for something innovative in terms of Hollywood blockbusters, then I would suggest looking elsewhere. If you're in for a dumb, but fun ride, then I think you'll appreciate it for what it is like I did.
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