I didn’t intend on watching this but it was the best option of the flight I was recently on. So, Rampage it was.
Sometimes it’s best to go into a movie with no (or minimal) expectations because it surprises you.
I’ll admit that the movie didn’t start the way I thought it would.
Granted I didn’t watch every trailer so maybe the setup of the movie was previewed in one of those.
The Rock is a zookeeper (or zoologist?). He has a special bond with one gorilla in particular. A space crash, one mad scientist and a full-on mutation later, Davis Okoye (The Rock) is now teaming up with an attractive genetic engineer, Dr. Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris).
A basic understanding? Sure. But understanding sarcasm (enough to flip a human off)? I doubt it.
I’m no animal expert so maybe. I doubt it though.
The genetics theme is a bit overplayed. It’s just like Jurassic Park. When will these movie humans learn?
Don’t mess with things you shouldn’t mess with.
Anyway, turns out there's not just a mutated, giant gorilla. There's a wolf and an alligator too.
I won't spoil all of it (there's not much to spoil) in case you want to watch it but the animals are all teaming up in a common goal until Davis can get a chance to make George snap out of it.
There's a government agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who is kind of Davis' frenemy. He's Against Davis and then he's helping him. I felt like that relationship should have had a more pivotal turning point. There wasn't though.
The villain (basically the scheming, corporate mad scientist) in the movie was played by Malin Åkerman. She's a good actress and does well with the role, but at the end of the day it's all too cartoonish to be taken seriously.
I like a lot of light-hearted movies or over-the-top movies but this failed on those fronts. It just wasn't that entertaining. It was preditiable and too 'out there' to be remotely plausible.
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