Movie Review: Rampage

By: Will Adeboyejo
Twitter: @YinkaAdeboyejo

Rampage is a film that is based off of videos games from the 80’s and 90’s. In the video games, you are one of three animals that go around a city and destroy things. Rampage is directed by Brad Peyton and Star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, they have worked on other films together such as San Andreas and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. However, to me, these films are all lacking something.
I feel like they are all weak when it comes to the screenplay as the dialogue in Rampage is poor and there is little to no character development. I question the screenplay because I’ve seen a lot of these films start to pop up, I think screenwriters are becoming lazy and don’t care about character development.
This film isn’t the type of film you go into thinking that it’s going to change your life or open your eyes about some inner turmoil; it’s a film that Hollywood makes just because they are bored. The Rocks’ character in this film is indestructible, watching what felt like every two minutes that he would be put in some crazy situation where his life was in danger but he would get out of it easy.
Also, the other characters in the film just seem to be included to ask The Rock questions. The Leading Female Role Naomie Harris runs around kinda not being useful for a majority of the film. She figures out how some technology works, but other than that she moves around being The Rocks’ sidekick. The motivation of villains in the film is only to make money, this reminds me of the old bond villains, lazy character development and not a lot of thought put into it.
This film doesn’t remind me of the video game at all, and I’m not sure if the writers were going for something different, or something similar. Rating this film, I’m going to give it a two out of five stars, the film had some potential and dropped the ball.

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