Rampage: From Video Game to the Big Screen

Rampage: From Video Game to the Big Screen

Shut off your brain and have fun

A.J. Maciejewski

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Yes, they actually made a movie based on Midway's classic 1986 city-destroying arcade classic. However, is it any good? Well, yes! So, let's take a deeper look at how the film stacks up against the game series.

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I don't remember George being albino...

A couple of months ago, I played through the entire Rampage series in anticipation of the film adaptation and you can read all about my adventures in my Rampage Retrospective. Now that I've finally seen the movie, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Of course, there are many differences because I'm sure that watching a gorilla, werewolf, and giant lizard punch buildings and eat people for an hour and a half would get pretty boring. First of all, the monsters in the movie aren't former humans like they are in the game. In fact, they're made by three distinct animals inhaling a strange substance that fell to Earth from an accident in a space laboratory. By the way, if that sounds dumb to you then you really shouldn't watch this film. Anyway, the beasts grow larger as the story progresses and it's pretty cool to watch, especially in 3D.

To add a human element to the movie, we have a whole story involving primate researcher Davis Okoye (played by Dwayne Johnson) who loves animals and has an albino gorilla named George as a best friend. After George gets infected with the growth mist stuff (or whatever it is), Davis along with his newfound partner (genetic engineer Kate Caldwell) eventually head to Chicago in the hopes of providing the massive beasts with the antidote. Fun fact: Chicago is an early stage in the original arcade game.

Up until that point, there are tons of goofy moments and drawn-out dramatic scenes that had me dozing off a little but once all hell is unleashed on the city of Chicago, things start to get very entertaining. Watching the oversized gorilla, wolf, and... crocodile? smash buildings and fight to the death is so much fun. Meanwhile, the sibling team who heads the company responsible for the animal mutations have plenty of funny scenes and you can even see a Rampage arcade machine in their office. Life imitates art, right?

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Ralph sure isn't messing around!

If you're looking to watch a highly entertaining and surprisingly original movie then you should definitely check out Rampage. Just make sure not to expect a thought-provoking experience and you're bound to have a good time.

Have you seen it yet? What do you think of this game-to-film adaptation? Let's chat in the comments below.

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