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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!

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle Review (2017) | An Entertaining Upgrade

Suprise! Surprise! Jumanji resurrects in our very own gaming world and you know what? It’s not bad at all. Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle has all the things to entertain you despite its fantastical roots. That being said, there are elements in it that will make you scoff nevertheless, but isn’t that how this entertaining franchise has always been? Fanciful and scratching the surface of surrealism?

Plot of Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle (Spoilers)

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle starts off lugging, with that same old game metamorphosing magically, syncing itself with technology. That’s how the franchise justifies its time leap, and it seems like that’s what’s going to happen in the long run as well. However, difficult it was on the eyes, you can always look beyond by branding it as just plain old “magic”.

So the plot features a certain Alex Vreeke from Brantford being sucked into the game in the year 1996 when the board game transforms itself into a video game cartridge to pique his interest. Later in the year 2016, four students from Brantford (Spencer, Fridge, Martha and Bethany) end up in detention together. They have been asked to clean up the room when they bump into the same Jumanji video game that we saw Alex play.

Characters and Avatars in Jumanji Game

While trying to choose the characters in the multi-player game they find out that they are unable to pick one of its characters. When they begin the game they all get sucked in. Each draped in their new gaming avatars.

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle characters and avatars

So even though their appearance changes, persons inside them come with their own individual qualms. Apart from that, they also have their newly acquired skills and weaknesses.

Where’s the rest of me?

These are the avatars they become:

  • Spencer – Dr. Smolder Bravestone (explorer) – Dwayne Johnson
  • Fridge – Franklin “Mouse” Finbar (zoologist) – Kevin Hart
  • Martha – Ruby Roundhouse (commando) – Karen Gillan 
  • Bethany – Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon (cartographer) – Jack Black

Now when you are playing a game, you are bestowed with lives. Here too, each character has three lives, confirmed when a hippo attacks Bethany killing him/her in the process, and a new revived Bethany falls from the sky. Each one of them has a tattoo depicting the lives they have.

Jaguar’s Eye

Since it’s a game they bump into an NPC (Non-playable character) named Nigel (Rhys Darby) who briefs them about the mission. Van Pelt (Bobby Cannavale) is after the Jaguar’s Eye, a jewel that would give him complete control over all the animals in Jumanji. Van Pelt is the same guy from the 1995 movie Jumanji however with all the transformation (the age leap), he has transformed too. In Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle, he has been introduced as a colleague of Smolder who has gone rogue.

jaguar's eye Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle movie

Decoding Nigel’s code, the crew realizes they have to call out “Jumanji” after placing the crystal on a Jaguar’s statue where it belongs to win the game and escape. That’s their only way out.

Martha: Are you gonna help, or are you too pretty?

Bethany: I am too pretty.

Lives are lost as difficulties arise during their gameplay. But they manage to hang in there till the end. They bump into Alex (Nick Jonas) from 1996 and realize that he went missing in the real world because he was stuck in Jumanji all this time in the avatar of Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough. Alex had been living in Alan Parrish‘s (Robin Williams‘ from the prequel) treehouse.

Alex loses his only life when bit by a mosquito but Bethany performs CPR on him transferring one of her lives to resuscitate him. In a theatrical end, we find the team in a face off against real jaguars. In the nick of time, Smolder reaches the top of the Jaguar statue as Martha intentionally dies with the Jaguar’s eye so that she could revive and show up from the sky (talk about accuracy) with the jewel. Smolder catches her mid-air as everyone shouts Jumanji after returning the eye to the statue.

Smoldering!

Jumanji Ending Explained | How time worked for Alex

The game ends as players return to the real world. They are back in 2016 in the same detention room. However, it has been 20 years for Alex. He has aged and become Colin Hanks (one guy three characters! Whoa!) When the quadruple bumps into Alex it isn’t surprising that it takes Alex a while to recognize them, but weirdly enough he is spot on. His house that used to look ramshackle looks neat and tidy, and he has a kid too.

So what really happened?

Jumanji has its own timeline. It’s like a limbo where the time of the real world doesn’t matter. And when you are done, basically the game puts you back in your own time. So if you are playing it say in 2017 and you end up getting stuck there for like a century, but still win it eventually, the game will spit you out in 2017 some time after you started playing the game.

It goes on to show that Alex Vreeke had a regular life after the prologue. He went on to live the life he had missed in Jumanji. He did not go missing and his house was never derelict. For the viewers, I surmise it must have been somehow hard to digest watching Alex recognize all four so quickly. But it was done I would say in an okayish manner.

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The Final Verdict

Overall Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle was done brilliantly. It was above average and packs in plenty of laughs. Above all, it makes you inquisitive all the time. It’s like a game after all, and if you are a gamer you will have a blast every second.

I was a big Jumanji fan ever since I bumped into it as a kid. The concept of playing a game that brings all its units to the real world is akin to bringing all your fancies to life. After all, everybody wishes to be stuck in one, in their favorite one, to nail that happy ending that they are often unable to find in real life.

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Baywatch Movie Review (2017) | No One Could Save it from Drowning

I wasn’t expecting much when I went to watch the Baywatch movie. In my defense, all I needed was a good laugh. Somehow I was convinced even though the movie wasn’t going to be that great, it would be funny at least. But boy was I disappointed. It is just downright cheesy, daft and so not funny.

Characters in Baywatch Movie

All these characters that are created just to pay homage to the original just seem so dispensable. From the trailers, I got the impression that Zac Efron was going to be funny throughout, and that he would keep doing weird stuff. But I was surprised to find his character Matt Brody so detached and unplugged that it sucked out the very definition of fun from him.

Rocky (Dwayne Johnson) just tries real hard to fill in those Mitch shoes, and he somehow looks good as a leader too. But then there is that terrible plot, so vapid and hollow that you can’t take anything going on seriously. We have Alexandra Daddario portraying Summer Quinn here posed against Zac. It’s the second time Rocky and Alexandra have done a movie together the first being San Andreas.

baywatch movie hunks rock and zac efron

Priyanka Chopra as Victoria Leeds is the least formidable villain ever chosen for a movie, and she has the most forgettable minders ever. To throw in some rib-tickling humour we have Jon Bass playing the character of Ronnie Greenbaum, but the screenplay is so badly written that even he couldn’t save the movie from drowning. His love interest is CJ Parker played by Kelly Rohrbach.

The character Ilfenesh Hadera plays is probably one that you wouldn’t remember. She ends up becoming a mere sidekick to The Rock.

David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson find their cameos in the movie but they end up being the worst cameos ever written. Where’s the subtlety, guys?

Direction of Baywatch Movie

Can’t believe it’s Seth Gordon, the director of Horrible Bosses, who has directed this pointless piece. Has he suddenly lost his sense of humour? Every scene he creates seems like an unnecessary anchor to the storyline. Some frames are simply there just waiting for a ridiculous thing to happen.

There is no element of surprise, there is no thrill. It is a dead run all along. There are quite candidly very few moments that genuinely crack you up. Half of the things are too vacuous to believe. There are so many times you end up shaking your head when you see all their doltish acts going on.

The only good thing about the flick is that it is headed somewhere. Even though there are dozens of gags and cheap thrills lying around at odd hours, you will be satisfied to see it reach the end.

You can watch it if you are a big Rocky or Zac Efron fan.

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The Final Verdict

At the end of it, the Baywatch movie is just as shallow as it was supposed to be. With all the hot bodies running around on the beach, deliberately trying to be provocative and Zac doing us the honors showing us his redonkulous fatless cuts, it almost makes you want to hit the gym twice or thrice a day.

Baywatch is absolutely bland, written in glib phrases and packed so poorly that it makes you want to regret having watched it in the first place. The movie is like a 1 hour 56 min typification of our current world, where memes are jokes, hot bods are cool, getting drunk and puking in the pool is too, need I say more?

In a world of reboots, where the success rate of movies has been utterly awful, Baywatch movie is yet another gamble that goes wrong. Maybe it is time to stop with the retelling and focus more on some original ideas.

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Central Intelligence Review (2016) | Fun While it Lasts

What a pleasant surprise! Going into the theater, I didn’t expect much from this Rocky-Hart venture that seemed oddly named as Central Intelligence. Whilst from the surface it appeared the same as any comedy movie Kevin Hart had in the past pounced upon, finding it good simply made my day.

DIRECTION OF CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

This is what I expect from a good comedy flick – a good slow paced direction to keep you thoroughly engaged whilst throwing in some laughable bits every now and then. At the same time not compromising the crucial plot at play.

Rawson Marshall Thurber ensures the audience has plenty. There were well thought of comic bits strewn all across the movie, as he tries to work upon a rare build up to get to his punch lines. He will make you used to it, and you will be waiting with jaws wide open expecting a funny liner bomb to be dropped anytime.

THE ROCK AND HART CONNECTION

Central Intelligence is a buddy flick. Even though the protagonists are oddly paired, minutes into the movie and you will notice neither of them is a douche. They are totally nice guys and they gradually create a stunning chemistry that most Nice Guys movies profusely miss.

still of dwyane rock johnson with kevin hart in Central Intelligence movie

Kevin Hart’s Calvin Joyner is like a confused blend of perseverance and slapstick comedy. At dire moments when his emotional rivers go inundated, he reacts just as anybody of us would react, and that makes it both funny and relatable. That’s what Thurber pays attention to, letting Hart go savage at situational savagery.

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CAMEOS

There are endearing cameos that make you go, “Hey! Jason Bateman’s in the movie.” Or “Melissa McCarthy’s in it too.” Whilst Jason gets a shot once again at the Bully storyline, (seriously I can’t see how he fits the bill there!), Melissa’s role is ephemeral. Aaron Paul has a good role for a cameo as Phil and he will make your heart melt when he goes “Bitch!” bringing in memories from Breaking Bad. Kumail Nanjiani beams you up with his perfect comic timing in a funny Airport distraction scene. Ryan Hansen as Steve was hilarious too.

There is plenty of dope action inscribed in Central Intelligence for a comedy movie which looks absolutely spectacular when it gets delivered by Dwayne Johnson. Hart makes it all better with his rib-tickling descriptions.

still of kevin hart and dwayne johnson in central intelligence movie

DOWNSIDES

On the big downside of the movie is Dwayne Johnson’s pathetic good guy acting. When I see him it feels like he is acting. Give me something that betrays it Rocky! That and the fact that the plot would make you go meh! We have seen too much of that sorts.

Another one is that it goes way too slow for a comedy movie at times. Also, Central Intelligence movie doesn’t retain something that will throw you into fits of laughter to be candid.

THE FINAL VERDICT

Overall Central Intelligence was very entertaining, had funny situations that squeezed out comedy. The movie becomes successful in giving an uncanny makeover to comedy movies.

Go watch!

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San Andreas Movie Review (2015) | Disaster of a Movie

San Andreas movie is one pathetic take on what would happen if the Earth suddenly decided to give up on us. Earthquakes and Tsunamis couldn’t save this disaster of a movie. So pathetic that it would make you question your life choices! Hell, it made me.

To begin with, we don’t have a good story, okay probably a clichéd one. Drama is literally absent in San Andreas movie, when you see confused faces, remote feelings that are further made shoddy by its poor screenplay. The latter department has just words, unfelt and bland.

Pool of Characters

Carla just goes on to embarrass us further by reacting awkwardly with dialogues like,

“You left my daughter alone?”

and creates a see-through anger glass that just becomes sad at one point. Dwayne Johnson, The Rock he is, didn’t have to try hard to play himself. Alexandra Daddario sizzles on screen but her inclusion seems deliberate by the casting director. Bringing Paul Giamatti into this was simply a waste of talent.

San Andreas movie wallpaper

Whilst the movie quaked, I thought probably a Tsunami would bring home a twist. But to my surprise, things just kept going downhill. There is no profundity in the movie. No gravity to frame creation. Pathetic actors that make everything just look crappier than it already was.

Trying really hard to look at the bright side, I would say visuals sometimes looked rad. But does it really matter when you make such a bad flick?

The Final Verdict of San Andreas Movie

To sum it all up, Brad Peyton just sucks as a director. He has so much to learn about human emotions, and how not to get carried away by a script that seemingly looks cool from the outside.

I think we can let this one slip provided the level of awesomeness Dwayne Johnson delivered in Furious 7 last month.

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