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Rampage Movie Review (2018) | Silly Monster Entertainer

Totally surprised by Rampage movie! Now I don’t generally walk in with high hopes for a video game movie. They have a really bad track record except for Tomb Raider which I thought was pretty good when you hang them up to dry. What was making matters already worse for Rampage was its trailer, which had already shown all the daft stuff that we were to see and expect from the flick. Turns out the movie is actually entertaining.

Brad Peyton has a history of making pointless movies. So a movie wherein genetically engineered giants are overtaking a city seemed not only far-fetched but utterly imaginative. But that was a game after all. Even though the fancy feels undoubtedly juvenile, the good thing is that the movie adaptation of the Rampage game leverages it to the maximum.

Hits and Misses

Rampage movie becomes laughable at times, the CGI in particular, where you can literally differentiate the background from the forefront. There are plenty of instances lurking in the latter half of the movie that insinuate the obvious.

But luckily that isn’t the case for the most part of it. There are areas where it scores high owing to its CGI alone. All of it fills the movie with content giving it a proper weight in terms of substance.

Rampage movie houses plenty of action primarily in areas where the trinities wreak havoc. All of it is bound to take you back to your childhood days. If you are not meticulously bothered about minutiae that makes up a movie, you wouldn’t realize its numerous flaws. Just do not think much and you are going to end up having a good time.

Plot and Theme of Rampage Movie  (Spoilers)

Peyton walks in with an impossible plot and yet he turns it into something tangible. Few minutes in the movie, and you are thinking – I will bite it. Because things are made pretty believable. From a zero-gravity shot in the beginning to the part where the three, nay two animals, are shown encountering humans for the first time are just ravishingly built.

Gene manipulation canisters fall on earth at three different locations, as a result of an experiment gone wrong. They are either consumed or encountered by three different animals – a wolf, a crocodile and a gorilla. Out of these animals, the gorilla is friendly. Name’s George who is under the care of Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), a primatologist in a wildlife preserve.

With rapid genetic changes, these animals begin to grow showing immense strength. Davis is approached by Dr. Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) who explains him the concept behind genetic editing.

Rampage movie still of George

The Summon

To make matters worse we have brother-sister duo antagonists who use a transmitter in the center of Chicago to lure the animals in order to cover up their screw-up by distorting all evidence and pointing them towards Kate. So the trio, the monsters, rampage towards the center of the city destroying everything in their wild run as the US Army tries to stop them.

But they are unstoppable. They destroy the transmitter as Davis becomes successful in bringing George to the good side of the wall.

Then George and Davis become tight again, and they attack the Wolf (Ralph) and the Crocodile (Lizzie). Even though the Wolf and the Crocodile are already fighting. But the Croc makes the job easy (Watch out for that badass bit where the croc literally rips the wolf apart!)

George and Davis together manage to slay the reptilian as George ends up going down. Surprise! Eventually, we find him intact as well as he plays pretend dead to mock Davis.

Other Characters

In Rampage movie, we find Jeffrey Dean Morgan picked off and dusted straight from the sets of The Walking Dead. His cowboy Harvey Russell has a lot of matching characteristics, it’s like you are still somehow watching Negan.

Sadly his role, which could have been much more, ends up becoming restricted. He is nothing but a smug guy calling covert shots. What is painful to watch is him surviving a plane crash only to support Davis by providing him choppers and stuff. Really weird writing!

Then there is P.J. Byrne as Nelson, who is initially present, you know, as a sidekick who keeps cracking jokes to alleviate the horror. But unfortunately, his existence is short lived. For the character’s living only in the beginning part of the movie, and then disappears completely never showing in any front later on.

Joe Manganiello‘s presence felt good. But he is more like a cameo in the movie who is put down even before he breathes. He is just there to make the wolf appear all the more powerful.

He plays Burke who is a hired gun for the antagonists.

Even though the wolf’s hunt has been brilliantly captured, you can’t help but wonder why a strong character like that wasn’t milked enough. Was it just to give Rocky all the limelight? I wonder.

Rocky still has a lot of work to do in the dramatic department. You can barely tell if he is sad. There was a scene where he was supposed to feel bad about George’s possible demise, and yet tears fail to come out. That man’s literally a rock!

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The Final Verdict

All in all the movie ends up becoming entertaining, thanks to all the monsters. Story? Not that much, and Rocky’s just smacked in the middle of everything. Playing a hero that’s just trying to save his pet.

The screenplay seems as if no amount of thought has been put in it.

I look like shit? You look like big shit.

If that’s not poor writing!

You can leave your brains home for this one. Entertains nevertheless!

Demolition Review (2015)

A twisted drama!

Comes another melodramatic venture from the beautiful head of Jean-Marc Vallee, Demolition is a movie not for everyone. Whilst I personally love his direction, in the back of the head I get this feeling it might overwhelm some with apathy.

PLOT OF DEMOLITION

Demolition lets you delve into the head of a guy who goes rogue on account of a recent mishap. Jake Gyllenhaal gets into the skin of Davis, a guy who doesn’t pay much attention to what’s going on around him, until he does. The world we behold then is brimming up with his insanity, and he seems at one point to have reached heights of the inane. Some of his acts seem really fatuous but some instigated. But it is the constant struggle between the two that the director pushes us toward which makes things hard to digest.

BREAKING IT DOWN

Jake Gyllenhaal is, no doubt, outstanding as the protagonist who loses it all in the very beginning frames of the movie. It unfolds into a great sojourn as people make an effort to fathom his fatuous acts, which he justifies through his phenomenal explanatory yet endearing letters to Karen (Naomi Watts), a character we see appear out of the blue. For some moments, you will have a hard time wrapping your head around the mist she appears from. At one junction, I took her for a figment, but then when we see her world unfurling with more twisted people, things kind of sediment.

SUB-PLOT IN DEMOLITION

You see a sub-plot protruding right then with the inclusion of Chris (Judah Lewis) to the tale. The side story comes more as a helping hand to see the thrilling side of demolishing something, a secondary perspective which tries to address a persisting LGBT issue too. It is weird how with those moments with Chris, Karen disappears completely only to return when she is needed for the movie. A sense of disconnect that makes things impalpable. In his strides towards the extraordinaire, Jean-Marc Vallee often misses out on the flick’s substance.

THOSE GYLLENHAAL MOVES

Watching Jake groove to the beats was one of the most amusing and cool parts. His carefree reckless dancing makes you fall in love with him even more. Watching him rip apart everything he thinks beautiful, gives you a silent satisfaction. To feel that relatable urge to annihilate things to tatters, was a reassuring contended sight. Albeit it becomes very difficult to relate to his character after one point, owing to some humorous bits in the movie, which seemed more like a deliberate attempt to aid the movie into reaching its climax, which was also quite fromward from its original steer. But the climax unravels with a punch in a gorgeous fashion that covers up for the indifference that we face midway.

The fact that Julia (the wife) bides by and stays impregnated in Davis’ chores has been beautifully depicted in the Demolition. The way she gets mirrored to him every time goes on to show – no matter how aloof you are from someone your head somehow finds them through regular habits.

Screenplay of Bryan Sipe goes brilliant at times but ambles quietly on a constant high and low road. Chris Cooper does a very thoughtful loving and caring dad that almost breaks you up, if it weren’t for the callous Davis demeanour to put you back in his mood.

DAMAGED SPOILERS AHEAD

One of the most powerful parts of Demolition is Davis’ resurrection, as he feels sorry for his acts, and actually starts to miss Julia. That’s when he pulls himself together to meet a stranger who visits her grave. Mistook for the guy whom she was dating before her death, Davis decides to acknowledge him only to find out he was the guy responsible for the accident. It puts you in your brooding gears.

THE FINAL VERDICT

I could totally understand what the director is feeling when he tries to jog us down through that grieving lane. Unfortunately, he fails to connect us to his thoughts. With demolition, he couldn’t really open up wide and audaciously to the public, which I kind of felt defeats the purpose.