Genre:

Science Fiction/ Action Adventure

If you are looking to get some realism out of film, then Rampage is not the movie to see but if you want an adventure mix cooked up with a little King Kong and San Andreas, then Rampage is definitely the movie for you!

Verdict

5 Stars

Interestingly Rampage shares the same director as San Andreas; Brad Peyton which makes it all the more identical right?

Synopsis

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.

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Davies Okoye ( Dwayne Johnson) shares an unlikely bond with Goerge, an orphaned Albino Gorilla.

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- Rotten Tomatoes

Cast

Dwayne Johnson- Davies Okoye

Jeffrey Dean Morgan – Marvel Russel

Naomie Harris – Kate Caldwell

Malin Akerman – Claire Wyden

Jake Lacy – Brett Wyden

 

Review

Before we go any further, a question has been bugging me since I saw Rampage.

Where did Naomie Harris get those weaves? Through multiple crashes, a parachute ride, a fall from a skyscraper, her weaves remained intact- no tangle and still looked freshly combed…

Nkan nbe… 

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Naomie Harris plays Dr Caldwell in Rampage

Rampage makes for a very interesting watch especially if Fantasy, science fiction and adventure is your  thing. Also, if The Rock ( Dwayne Johnson) gives you the tickle then you’d definitely wouldn’t want to miss this movie.

There really isn’t much sense to be made from the movie which tells the tale of a very intelligent Albino ape, George that gets infected with a pathogen that makes it grow twice its size and turns its mild temper sour.

Davies Okoye and Goerge’s relationship is unfamiliar yet so adorable with atleast two scenes showing the easy and mischievous communication between the two.

A very hilarious scene shows George giving Okoye the middle finger instead of a knuckle or another that shows George fake his death just to see Okoye cry. Unlike King Kong or Planet Ape, Rampage gives us an Ape we can’t but love even when he goes wild. His tender blue eyes are heartmelting to say the least.

From the trailer, it’d be near suicidal to expect much from the story but the fascinating bit is that the story and movie progression actually did great. The plot is  a little traditional but hey, it’s entertaining so we’d cut it ten yards of Ankara for slacks!

Rampage is set in Wyoming and largely downtown Chicago as we follow the wreckage that three mutated animals ( crocodile, flying Wolf and Goerge) leave in their trail as they follow the signal set in motion by the Wyner siblings.

Not to forget that the film is a beautiful display of perfectly choreographed action sequence. For the love of helicopter and skyscrapers crashing, loud noise, massive destruction, heads getting ripped off shoulders and all of that debris…Look no further, Rampage will satisfy your needs.

Character interpretation revealed another top job for the film makers and a standing ovation for the the director. You’d agree that  Johnson never disappoints and so does Harris atleast almost always doesn’t. However, the choice of young looking actors to play the roles of heads to a multimillion dollar research institute was largely far fetched. The characters  played by Malin Akerman (Claire Wyden) and Jake Lacy (Brett Wyden) would have suited more mature looking actors.

I’d repeat that there is nothing realistic about this movie and Naomie Harris’s character who doesn’t get a shower or a few seconds to brush her teeth ( and surprisingly doesn’t cause more damage to the already chaotic scenes) goes further to prove the point! What’s more, Okoye is some sort of super human. He got shot at, severally slammed on seemingly metal hard surfaces and guess what? He didn’t bleed out or drop dead. Rolls Eyes!

Ultimately, Rampage is an entertaining movie that requires little or no intelligence to enjoy.

Reviewer’s Note

I decided to do a review of Rampage because like most viewers already know, the character Davies Okoye according to Johnson is in honor of one of the best NFL players of all time; Christian Okoye “Nigerian Nightmare”.

It’s awesome that Nigeria is being given some positive spotlight and I’d do anything to show my appreciation. Go Nigeria 🇳🇬 🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬!

Don’t forget to drop your comments in the comment section. I’d love to get your feedback.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mamazeus

Mamazeus

Mamazeus is a budding writer and blogger from Nigeria. Oftentimes described as a "comic storyteller", Mamazeus' articles guarantee a smile from the reader with the glummest disposition!
Movie review blogging is just one of the writer's many interests.

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  • Yup the movie does not require any form of intelligence to enjoy! If you want an action movie to truly laugh out loud at, Rampage is for you. Can I give it an 8 just because it satisfies its genre requirements.

  • Definitely watching this one. For the love of Dwayne. And cos I don’t want to stress my brain on movies anymore. 🌚

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Mamazeus

Mamazeus

Mamazeus is a budding writer and blogger from Nigeria. Oftentimes described as a "comic storyteller", Mamazeus' articles guarantee a smile from the reader with the glummest disposition!
Movie review blogging is just one of the writer's many interests.