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April 13, 2018

Rampage Movie Review


Rampage (PG-13) is now in theaters!

Synopsis:
Global icon Dwayne Johnson headlines the action-adventure Rampage, directed by Brad Peyton.

Johnson stars as primatologist Davis Okoye, a man who keeps people at a distance but shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, incredibly rare albino silverback gorilla who has been in his care since he rescued the young orphan from poachers. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size.

To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with discredited geneticist Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.

Hawaii Dad Blog Review:
Johnson stars as Primatologist Davis Okoye, who gets along better with the primates he studies than with his human co-workers. He especially bonds with an albino gorilla named George, with whom he is able to communicate through sign language. A rogue genetic experiment in space goes terribly wrong, resulting in George mutating into an enormous and out of control monster. In other parts of the country, other animals also get mutated and they all head toward the responsible company's headquarters in Chicago, wreaking havoc as they go. Davis and the company's former genetic engineer, Dr. Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris), race to find an antidote to save both George and the city of Chicago from the giant animal rampage, as well as the military's attempts to stop them.

Rampage is based on an old eighties video game of the same name. I was disappointed that the charismatic Johnson didn’t seem to have his usual magic. The special effects were a bit too cheesy, but kids may find them impressive.  

Speaking of kids, there is quite a bit of swearing, but overall the violence is rather mild and not too extreme.  I was expecting a bit more from the movie, but my son enjoyed it, and it was a fun diversion for a couple of hours.  

Get your tickets to Rampage here.

Mahalo to the sponsor for tickets.

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