Rampage film review: zero intellectual stimulation


Dwayne Johnson in Rampage.
Dwayne Johnson in Rampage.

THREE overgrown, slightly genetically mutated animals make Chicago their playground – no need to get the Academy on the phone just yet.

Rampage re-teams Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with his Journey 2 and San Andreas director Brad Peyton for more over-the-top CGI-designed destruction and action for those demanding zero intellectual stimulation from their film-going experiences.

The relationship between primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) and silverback gorilla George, which he communicates with via sign language, is stretched when the primate comes into contact with a science experiment in gas form, causing him to become enormous and super grumpy.

But George isn’t the only one that encounters the genetic experiment – a wolf and crocodile also become a monstrous size and are drawn to Chicago by icy and corrupt company head Claire Wyden (Malin Akerman).

Based on the arcade game of the same name, which by today’s standards is positively primitive, Rampage is fully aware it is about giant rampaging beasts that definitely will not become a critic darling and ramps the dumb up to 12 anyway.

Had this taken itself even slightly more seriously it would have been a bona fide turkey, but luckily the script includes some light-hearted gags and one-liners (how could it not?) and the film even offers some unintentional howlers.

If nothing else, audiences are sure to get some great belly laughs out of this one, particularly from the outlandish action set-pieces.

THE ESSENTIALS

Rampage (M)

Directed by: Brad Peyton

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman

Three stars

Review by: Julian Wright

In cinemas now