Basing movies on video games is a very risky move. We have seen many a movie go down in flames because it is hard to put everything a video game encompasses on the silver screen. Making a movie of an arcade game from 1986 is far more risky.
That being said I think Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and director Brad Peyton (San Andreas) have done something magical with their adaption of Rampage. Hey, I’m a sucker for giant beasts and kaiju and Rampage looks to delver. It looks like all of the players are involved from the original game and that makes me so EXCITED! Rampage was one of my all time favorite games in the arcade and on the Nintendo (even though Ralph was left out…weak).
Of course they have the shine of CGI and are a little Hollywooded up, but I can live with it. Although I would have liked to see Ralph be a bit more bipedal, but I can deal.
Take a look….
Man, The Rock saying George is his friend and the beats they share in this trailer really get me for some reason, Damn. And I have a feeling I’m gonna hate Joe Manganiello’s character by the end of the flick, and he’s a hard man to hate (at least in my book). A+ trailer folks!!
Synopsis / Cast & Crew…
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. 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 a discredited genetic engineer 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. “Rampage” also stars Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”), Malin Akerman (TV’s “Billions”), Jake Lacy (TV’s “Girls”), Joe Manganiello (TV’s “True Blood”) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (TV’s “The Walking Dead”); as well as P.J. Byrne (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Marley Shelton (“Solace”), Breanne Hill (“San Andreas”), Jack Quaid (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”), and Matt Gerald (TV’s “Daredevil”).
Peyton directs from a screenplay by Ryan Engle and Carlton Cuse & Ryan J. Condal and Adam Sztykiel, story by Ryan Engle, based on the video game Rampage.
“Rampage is produced by Beau Flynn, John Rickard, Brad Peyton and Hiram Garcia. It marks the third collaboration between Johnson, Peyton and Flynn, following the blockbuster hit “San Andreas.” Serving as executive producers are Marcus Viscidi, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Jeff Fierson, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener and Michael Disco, with Wendy Jacobson co-producing.
The creative team includes production designer Barry Chusid (“San Andreas”), director of photography Jaron Presant (2nd unit, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), editor Jim May (“Goosebumps”) and costume designer Melissa Bruning (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”). Music will be composed by Andrew Lockington, who created the scores for “San Andreas” and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.”
The “Rampage” creatures are brought to life by acclaimed VFX supervisor Colin Strause (“San Andreas,” “X-Men: Apocalypse”), with five-time Academy Award-winning visual effects company Weta Digital (“The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”).
Rampage opens in theaters beginning April 20, 2018.
I had fun doing the art up top!