Rampage

Critics 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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Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse, it's soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.

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Cast

Dwayne Johnson
as Davis Okoye
Naomie Harris
as Dr. Kate Caldwell
Malin Akerman
as Claire Wyden
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
as Harvey Russell
Jake Lacy
as Brett Wyden
Marley Shelton
as Dr. Kerry Atkins
P.J. Byrne
as Nelson
Demetrius Grosse
as Colonel Blake
Jack Quaid
as Connor
Will Yun Lee
as Agent Park
Urijah Faber
as Garrick
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Critic Reviews for Rampage

All Critics (260) | Top Critics (44)

  • It's not a good film; it's actually a supremely silly one. But with Dwayne Johnson once again flexing his pecs in the cause of popcorn distraction, it's not entirely bereft of amusements, either.

    Jul 12, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Cinema ticket prices these days are quite giant-sized, too, and this particular show isn't worth full-cost admission.

    Apr 18, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • You will leave the cinema in a jollier mood than when you arrived, and there's a lot to be said for that.

    Apr 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 13, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rampage

  • Dec 12, 2018
    The Rock teams up with a King Kong wannabe to battle monsters in Rampage. When a genetic experiment goes wrong a gorilla, a wolf, and an alligator have their DNA radically transformed, turning them into giant, hyper-aggressive monsters that leave a wake of destruction wherever they go. Dwayne Johnson does his usual thing and brings a fun, charismatic energy to the film. However, the script is garbage and doesn't make a bit of sense (which is typical of video game movies). Yet the special effects are amazing, making for some exciting fight scenes and incredible disaster porn. A big, dumb action film, Rampage is entertaining and lives up to its name.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2018
    On the one hand I kind of like the carnage, which pushes the PG-13 rating to its limit . . . on the other the movie just never gets to be as fun as it should especially in it overlong climax.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2018
    First thing first, it should be noted that I am a wrestling fan. Yes, I know it's 'fake', but so is Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, among others and that, somehow, doesn't prevent people from enjoying them. So why is it that wrestling fans get singled out by some for mockery for enjoying something that we all know isn't real. It's a form of entertainment like any other. Regardless of that, given the perceptions of wrestlers in movies (thanks to horrible Hulk Hogan movies), I wonder if people ever thought that The Rock was gonna fail in his excursion into Hollywood??? I mean, The Rock's charisma, in wrestling, was off the charts and, in general, it still is. You could have said the same about Hulk Hogan, but I think Hogan's charisma was more geared towards the wrestling world as opposed to Hollywood. The Rock, however, had a presence to him, that you knew that he could give a good run at it if he ever decided to do it. And that he did in 2002 with The Scorpion King. Now, having said that, the first few years of Rock's career in Hollywood were a little rough. I greatly enjoyed The Rundown and, to me, it was the best of his earlier movies. But, outside of that, you could say that he didn't find immediate success. Movies like the Tooth Fairy, The Game Plan, Area 51 (which he provided his voice for) were cringe-worthy and were not doing him any favors. But 2011 arrives and The Rock appears in the fourth Fast and Furious sequel, Fast Five. And this is the movie that pushed him into the stratosphere. At the time, I remember Vin Diesel vs The Rock being sort of a dream fight between action heroes and, as I remember it, the fight didn't disappoint. After Fast Five, I don't wanna say that he's become untouchable, but The Rock has become one of the biggest box office attractions in the world, if not the biggest. The reason I say this isn't because of the success of the massive Fast and Furious franchise has gone on to have since his first appearance or Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle's unprecedented success. The reason I say this is because he was able to take THIS movie and make it a success. This movie made $426 million worldwide on a budget of $120-140 million. This isn't much in the face of Infinity War, which ended making $2 billion worldwide. But it is a lot when you take into consideration that this movie, based on a video game, is based on a video game that isn't exactly that popular on today's gaming landscape. The 'last' real game in the franchise was released in 2006. And I say the word last in quotation marks given that there's an arcade game based on this movie that can only be played at Dave and Buster's, but I don't count that since it isn't easily available. And, again, it was released in conjunction with this movie. Regardless, this is a franchise that, even in 2006, wasn't exactly as popular as it was in its heyday. So, the fact that this movie made more than three times its budget is still impressive. And I don't wanna say that it's all due to The Rock, but his name certainly helped a lot. I feel that there might have been good word-of-mouth surrounding this movie as well. I'll tell you something, if I had been ten years old instead of 30 when I watched this movie yesterday, I would have lost my mind. A giant gorilla, giant wolf and giant crocodile (all accidentally genetically modified by this pathogen that makes them bigger, stronger, faster and, worst of all, angrier) lured to Chicago to destroy the city and, eventually, fight each other??? Fuck, where do you sign ten-year-old me up??? I can't really hate a movie where I see a giant gorilla ride an even bigger crocodile when they're fighting, I really can't. Can you? With that said, this movie obviously isn't perfect. Because, in my opinion, I feel like it takes a while for the movie to get where it needs to go. The Rock is charismatic enough and, by this point, he's a good actor to where he can carry some of the dead air in between the set piece moments. And I understand that they need to explain why this is all happening and establishing Claire and Brett Wyden (the former is the CEO of Energyne, the company responsible for what's happening) as the villains. They also need to establish George (the giant gorilla) and his friendship with Davis in order to make you care for the eventuality of George, maybe, sacrificing himself to save Davis and, by extension, the city of Chicago. But, at the same time, I think you had people sign up on the basis of seeing giant animals fight the fuck out of each other. And that's not to say that the movie didn't deliver on that front. When the wolf, the croc and George make their way to Chicago, this is when the movie really starts to click for me. And I'm not saying that the movie was bad at any point prior to that, it was perfectly decent, but wasn't like 2014's Godzilla, where it built the anticipation of his first appearance to make it mean more. No, you see the giant wolf and gorilla, for the most part, almost immediately. The big reveal was left for the crocodile, who is first noticed by the military only moments before his first appearance. I mean, I guess they were building to that reveal, but it's not exactly as satisfying as 2014 Godzilla's was. But, of course, the design of the croc itself was tremendous, because it really does look like a science experiment gone wrong. I don't even know how to describe it, but it was really fucking cool. Anyway, as far as narrative is concerned, you really shouldn't expect much. It's all about finding this antidote to give to George that'll calm down his aggression. It won't revert him back to his regular size, but he won't be as likely to tear down every building he sees. Claire Wyden wants the animals to come to her, so they can extract the DNA in order to sell it to the highest bidder, given the fact that, if used as a weapon, could help turn the tide of many wars. That's about all I got from the movie, everything else just sort of brushed past me. I mean, I paid enough attention to know the basics, but not enough to where I really thought about all of the likely plot holes this movie has. This clearly is not meant to be taken seriously. That's obviously not an excuse for lack of logic, but sometimes lack of logic can lead to fun movies. Like, for example, John Woo's Manhunt. That film had very little actual logic and I had a blast watching it. It was so ridiculous and over-the-top that I couldn't help but enjoy it. That's what I liken this movie to though, to be fair, I don't think this movie goes as over-the-top as Manhunt did with its villains. Regardless, as I've mentioned many times before, movies like Rampage (and Manhunt) need to exist. Movies where you can just sit (or lay) down and just watch and enjoy them. Not everything needs to be about deep existential crises or complex moral dilemmas. Sometimes you just wanna have fun. Again, that shouldn't be an excuse for shitty storytelling (Transformers: The Last Knight, I'm looking at you), but it's easier to forgive in movies that embrace the absurdity of its concept and provides according thrills with that absurdity. I think this movie manages to be solid popcorn entertainment in its third act. It almost didn't get there, but it did cross the finish line with it providing some ridiculously kaiju battles. The acting is good all around well, I mean, given the expectations associated with this type of movie. There's no Oscar winners here, but the cast is more than good enough. I feel like that's about it, really. It's a movie about giant monsters fighting each other and, while it took a while to get there, the movie definitely delivered on what it promised. Perhaps it could have delivered more of it than it did, but I can't complain. The third act is a lot of fun and, ultimately, makes this a good popcorn flick. It won't change the world and it's not something that you really need to go out of your way to see. But, for 67 cents (which I what I paid for this, given that I still had some money left over on my Amazon Gift Card), I definitely got value for my buck Or slightly less than.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 16, 2018
    I was a fan of the video game that this film was based on but this is not the same as the game. George by be the only true link to the game and this film attempts to be something more, but ultimately fails on delivering the quality. The cast is quite good, Johnson brings the usual charm and wit but the villains are undercooked and leave you with an empty plot holes. The key to this film is the carnage at the end, this is where the film comes together and for this I feel the film pays off. The film deserved a better plot, they could have done the video game justice by keeping the people turning into these creatures storyline. Ralph and Lizzie are not provided any justice and are left as empty creatures. Most people won't know this is a video game adaption considering the age of the property, so if you like mindless action that is passable, this is your film. This is harmless and services the action genre, but it needed better structure as the characters don't tend to match the inconsistent tone of the film. 15/09/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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