Turns Out “Rampage” is Exactly as Good (and Bad) as Expected

Matthew Loffhagen
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Brad Peyton making a “Rampage” movie never seemed like a good idea.

Having Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in a movie isn’t enough to guarantee its success, as Peyton’s previous film, “San Andreas” has already proven. When the pair teamed up again to give us an adaptation of an obscure arcade video game, I wasn’t exactly optimistic about how it’d turn out.

In spite of this, fans have rallied around the movie, arguing that it’ll be the fantastic video game movie we’ve all been waiting for.

This seemed unlikely from the start, and now I feel somewhat vindicated, as reviews have begun coming in for “Rampage”.

Dwayne Rampage Johnson
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Peyton’s latest movie is now irredeemably bad, but it’s also not incredible. It’s a fairly mediocre, forgettable monster movie that lacks any stand-out action.

To anyone who is disappointed by this, I ask, what exactly did you expect?

“Rampage” was hardly ever particularly fertile ground for a movie – the arcade game has such simple gameplay that the film was never going to be able to provide an adaptation that was both engaging and faithful to the source material.

Rampage White Gorilla
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What’s weird is that the movie is so gritty and dour. “Rampage” the video game features bright, colorful animation, with human beings turning into monsters as they smash their way through buildings with reckless abandon.

“Rampage” the movie, on the other hand, is basically just “King Kong” all over again. There’s not much here to get excited about.

The result, based on critical reviews up to this point, is fine. Neither great, nor terrible, but with nothing special to latch onto, there’s not much reason to get excited about this one.

Oh well. Perhaps the next video game movie will be the one people have been waiting for. Considering that this genre has never worked out well, Hollywood does seem to insist on making an awful lot of these things.