• 28 Apr - 04 May, 2018
  • Farheen Jawaid
  • Reviews

A King Kong-ish albino Gorilla with Dwayne Johnson standing beneath him, both sporting a strong determined stare in the midst of a burning and ruined city – the poster for Rampage says it all. This iconography spells out loud and clear that whatever the odds, whatever the scale of the chaos, both ape and man are the last wall standing against a really powerful threat. The poster isn’t leading you on.

Like a typical monster actioner, the focus is primarily on the giant monsters and the limits of their carnage. As for the story, it is just there to make the audience root for the good monster and cheer when bad ones fall. Rampage is all about rampaging action, that’s why we have three monsters pulverising Chicago and its endless sea of people with undiscernible faces (one can’t hire all those extras, so most are made by computer graphics).

Whatever little story there is, it works heavily around the relationship of Davis Okoye (Johnson) and George, his normal sized, albino gorilla friend. Davis, who formerly worked for special forces and international anti-poaching organisation, is now the primatologist at the San Diego wildlife preserve. A lone wolf, Davis loves his animals rather than people. He has a special love for George, whom he had saved from poacher in his infancy and he has been with him since.

George is the pack leader of the gorillas at the animal reserve – an ape with a sense of humor (a trait he proves again and again) whom Davis communicates with sign language.

George, a dog and an alligator got infected by a doctored pathogen that has fallen from a space station experiment. The infection turns them into fast growing, super strong, super hungry rampaging monsters that no fire power can stop.

Based on the video game of the same name with its many installments from the 1986 to 2006, the games were about the giant ape, dog and alligator smashing down buildings, killing and eating people on the way and that’s just what the movie does.

Director Brad Peyton (San Andreas) fame works with Johnson for the third time, and both know how to make the most mediocre comedic lines work. Johnson is dependably likeable, and it never hurts having Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the cast (Morgan is the secret-secret agent from secret-secret agency, heavy with a southern accent and charm – a scene stealer).

Rampage hits the spot as a crowd pleasing “paisa wasool” summer filler, you can’t say no to.