The Movie: 6/10
I liked it. I liked the giant gorilla….and the CGI ape was’t bad either…haha Joke, joke! I do like Dwayne Johnson, so there’s that thing you can roll your eyes at, just get it over with now. That won’t be the only thing you think I’m wrong about in this review, so settle in and exercise those eye muscles.
I like giant creatures attacking humans and human made structures. I also like zombie apocalypse stories, dystopian futures, and unhappy endings. I thought you should know these things about me. The ideas that build these types of tales usually dabble in doomsday type scenarios, demise of humankind, end of the world, etc., and that’s what intrigues me. If a gorilla is big enough to pick up and Army tank and throw it and my brain is convinced it’s happening on a city street in the middle of the day, I’m into it!
The CGI of the creature and the spectacle needs to be believable to my eyes and brain, or mostly believable, for me to really enjoy it and Rampage delivered on that about 80% of the time. There are moments of scale issues, the size of the creatures don’t quite fit in the scene as promised, and there was the occasional “rag doll” effect which always annoys me, but other than that I was convinced. I was sure there was a giant gorilla, giant wolf, and giant crocodile on the streets of Chicago. That’s what makes Rampage a fun flick for me.
No, it’s not a genius story…no no no. It’s not got any life changing ideas and the performances are fairly bland, and yet I was along for the ride and that’s what matters sometimes, just get lost in the fiction and enjoy the giant flying wolf! What IS the story you ask? Well, an experiment gone awry has caused a few creatures to grow to enormous sizes and become uncontrollably aggressive. All this by some greedy people who want to sell it to the highest bidder. When I say it like that it sounds pretty boring, and I guess, and that’s why we need to focus on the….you guessed it…giant animals:)
If I did decide to nit pick I would have to point out that we meet a few characters who just disappear, and who mean nothing to the story whatsoever, which is weird. It’s like they were just fodder for the first act as props to introduce our leading man and George the gorilla. It doesn’t matter though, does it? Reminder, GIANT ANIMALS attack a city.
Back to Dwayne for a moment, I like him. That’s it. I’m comfortable with myself on this issue, so everyone else can come to therms with it. I was not a big fan of other people in the cast, but to be honest I wasn’t focused on them so much as the GIANT ANIMALS attacking the city:)
Enough…you get it, this movie is about the craziness of the idea, not about the intellectual value.
- Not Just A Game Anymore (6 Minutes) – A look at the original arcade game that inspired the movie.
- Gag Reel (3 Minutes)
- Deleted Scenes (10 Minutes) – A bunch of scenes all of which are better not in the movie.
- Rampage: Actors In Action (11 Minutes) – A look at the director and the main cast.
- Trio Of Destruction (10 Minutes) – A closer look at the three monsters in the film. Special effects wizards WETA Digital used what they learned on the Planet Of The Apes movies to bring George to life.
- Attack On Chicago (10 Minutes) – The city plays a HUGE role in the film and obviously gets destroyed. Here we see the digital and practical effects used to make that happen.
- Bringing George To Life (12 Minutes) – A look at the motion capture WETA used.
- 4KUHD, Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 9/10
Both 4K and Blu-ray versions of Rampage are a spectacle to behold. The movie was shot digitally but has fine grain as though it was post processed to look like a grimy monster film from the 70’s. The sharpness on display here is second to none you can see every strand of Hair on Georges body. Colors are vibrant and have a real level of pop to them. Black levels are inky and detail is never lost in the shadows.
The Dolby Atmos track Warner have used here is breathtaking and easily reference level. The space station scene at the start of the film is one of the standout moments with so much sound coming from every side and above it’s outstanding. If I had any complaints the DB level seems a bit muted so prepare to reach for the volume dial during dialog scenes.
Overall Score 6/10