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Rampage

by JC Alvarez
Tuesday Jul 17, 2018
Rampage

This world isn't big enough for a blockbuster of this size!

Based on the classic arcade video game, "Rampage," available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, is far more fun than a barrel of genetically mutated monkeys, especially when one of those is a larger than life albino gorilla named "George" who can be wrangled by only one person - and that individual is none other than the cinematic world's (literally) biggest star, Dwayne Johnson. The Rock is going to have his hands full when the monsters get loose and run wild!

When an orbital research facility is compromised, an experimental mutagen is released and comes crashing down, exposing a primate, a feral wolf and an gator to a dangerous super agent that turns them into giant monsters. Johnson plays a primatologist who rescued George as a baby from poachers and kept the albino gorilla safe. When George becomes infected and begins to double in size with an appetite and aggression to match, he sets about rampaging across the city and causing massive property damage. He's soon joined by a similarly-mutated wolf and alligator, and it's up to Johnson to tame the savage beasts.

Just like in the game, the monsters' mission is to take down as many targets as possible, stomping on the innocent (and not-so-innocent) bystanders while they avoid getting shot down by the military. This time, though, the beasts have an unlikely ally. The monsters can be stopped, and George is determined to protect his friend, Johnson, who is risking his own survival to stop the "Rampage". The stars of this movie might be the monsters, but Johnson is just as big and has no problem sharing the screen.

In a blockbuster season that has no end of giant monsters in its line up, "Rampage" happily appeases the appetite and wins hearts in the end when man and monster battle to the end to save the city. Like many of its contemporaries, whether based on '80s toys or board games, "Rampage" is what it is and doesn't try to be anything else; it's a big-budget action flick that easily distracts and entertains. Dwayne Johnson is as likable as ever, and is surrounded by a cast of fan favorites, including Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

The Blu-ray comes loaded with special features, including a look at how the filmmakers adapted the classic video game into a full-length feature, and profiles on the film's real stars - the monsters! Additional bonus material includes a gag reel and deleted scenes that expand the mythology of "Rampage" even its "real world" connectivity.


"Rampage"
Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD
$19.99
www.warnerbros.com

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".


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