RAMPAGE is Exactly the Movie You Think It Is

Not impressed Dickie!'The Tooth Fairy was really good! he replied.'You must not be impressed with me in a pink tutu

He comes from professional wrestling, after all.

As excuses to turn the entirety of Act 3 into the most expensive-looking recreation of a cheap 80s arcade game ever, it all pretty much works.

Rampage debuts in theaters on April 13.

It' very honest with itself and intrinsically "gets" that monster movies are essentially anthropomorphic disaster films where we can root for or against the disasters themselves and is smart enough to put someone as likable and "bigger than life" as Johnson in the lead human role. That's it. That's the entire premise. Their relationship is about to be sorely tested by people more interested in exploiting animals than protecting them, however: siblings Claire (Malin Akerman) and Brett (Jake Lacy) Wyden.

Johnson has said that the name is in honour of National Football League player Christian "Nigerian Nightmare" Okoye. Instead, all of his companionship is reserved for George, a clever and mischievous albino gorilla whose amicable nature belies his hulking appearance. But trouble drops by in the form of a canister of experimental nerve agent called CRISPR, which falls into his enclosure from an exploding space station, and sends George's growth rate and temper into overdrive.

A genetic experiment that goes wrong makes this gentle ape into a raging creature. Okoye tags along, as does a scientist (Naomie Harris) who thinks she can help. After George tears down the veterinary lab, his tentative rampage gets cut short by shadowy government secret agent Russell (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a syrupy-sweet-talking, pearl-handled-pistol-packing, aw-shucks Southern gentleman type, who tranquilizes George and loads him onto an air transport. However, Rampage also has a surprising heft to it as Peyton doesn't flinch away from the violent consequences of these colossal monster's actions.

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The potential presidential run comes as he made his red carpet outing at the star-studded United Kingdom premiere of his new film Rampage in London. Okoye has even taught George how to give the finger. Nobody is winning any dramatic Oscars here, but when either is in peril, you can really feel the palpable concern for the other. So they're still on all fours, just bigger. As well as George, there are similarly affected animals at various locations in North America - a wolf somewhere in the vast landscape of Montana, and an alligator in the waters of Florida.

Rampage is not without its flaws though. The action is well paced and seemingly necessary and garners appropriate audience reactions.

And it is exactly how these big, thick destruction films should be done: the script is boisterously amusing, the action sequences have real flair and sweep, and the central human-primate friendship is even quite moving at points.

It's not likely Rampage is going to launch any major franchise universes but if there's any justice in the world, we'll see Morgan and Johnson come together again in some sort of buddy-cop story somewhere down the line. It's still not exactly high cinema, but it's a lot better than it has any right to be.

One reason we buy all this nonsense is a deft script (by Ryan Engle and others) that doesn't try too hard to turn what was originally a Bally Midway video game into plausible science fiction.

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