RAMPAGE Film Adaptation
Release Date, Cast, Plot, Review, Opinions
Midway Games created a classic video game in the 80s, about anthropomorphic giant monsters that players can choose from to destroy cities around the world, along with its police and military forces.
- Rampage (1986)
- Rampage World Tour (1997)
- Rampage 2: Universal Tour (1999)
- Rampage Through Time (2000)
- Rampage Puzzle Attack (2001)
- Rampage: Total Destruction (2006)
- Rampage Arcade (2018)
- Rampage City Smash
- RAMPAGE: AR Unleashed
- Project Rampage VR
While this game series is not considered mainstream, still some bits of it remain in everyone’s memories. And this is proven by the commercial success the film adaptation had.
Everything About the RAMPAGE (2018) Movie
Production, Release Date, and Reception
Production began in April 2017 and finished in 2018, releasing theatrically on April 13, 2018, in the US by WB. Pictures through 2D, RealD 3D, and IMAX format, as well as Digital HD (June 26) and 4K UHD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD release (July 17).
RAMPAGE (2018) Trailer
It coincidentally was released 3 weeks after another kaiju-related film, Pacific Rim Uprising.
Warner Bros. acquired the adaptation rights to Rampage in 2009, in the acquisition of Midway Games for $33 million, and it grossed over $428 million worldwide, with a production budget of $120 million, which resulted in a good deal for them.
This got Rampage nominated for three Teen Choice Awards: Choice Sci-Fi Movie, Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor (Dwayne Johnson), and Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress (Naomie Harris).
But commercial success isn’t the same as critical success. That’s why it received negative comments about its screenplay, pacing, and storyline. The film holds an average rating of 5.27/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and 45 out of 100 on Metacritic.
Cast and Characters
- Dwayne Johnson (Davis Okoye)
- Naomie Harris (Dr. Kate Caldwell)
- Malin Åkerman (Claire Wyden)
- Jake Lacy (Brett Wyden)
- Joe Manganiello (Burke)
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Harvey Russell)
- P. J. Byrne (Nelson)
- Marley Shelton (Dr. Kerry Atkins)
- Demetrius Grosse (Colonel Blake)
- Jack Quaid (Connor)
- Breanne Hill (Amy)
- Matt Gerald (Zammit)
- Will Yun Lee (Agent Park)
- Urijah Faber (Garrick)
An experiment goes wrong on the satellite Athena-1 and turns a rat into a ravenous monster. This deadly consequence kills everyone aboard, except for Dr. Kerry Aktins.
The owner of Athena-1 and CEO of the biotech company Energyne, Claire Wyden, informs Aktins that she must retrieve the samples of the mutational substance before escaping on the capsule.
Unfortunately, the rat scratches the capsule’s window just as she evaded it, which causes her death and the spread of the canister’s content.
The three main and original monsters (introduced in the first game) were added to the story: George the Albino gorilla, Ralph the Timber wolf, and Lizzie the Crocodile.
Review and Opinions
Both the Rampage game and movie share two things: monsters and rampage. On the bright side, the monsters are there, in the movie. Sadly, they aren’t motivated to cause mayhem but the other way around. Our heroes are trying their best to stop that.
But that’s not a big deal for enjoyers of movies of this kind. It includes everything that you could ever want if you’re into this kind of movie: evil corporation, mad scientists, big and strong protagonists, and huge monsters having an “enormous-mano-a-enormous-mano.”
You’ll have fun and probably think about the modest message slightly introduced in the movie. Rampage suggests that humans are the real animals (where have I read/heard that before?).
Peter Debruge of Variety: “However derivative it may be, Rampage knows its audience—namely, Transformers fans and kids born after 9/11 for whom elaborately orchestrated scenes of falling skyscrapers carry nary a whiff of real-world trauma…
What director Peyton lacks in an artistic vision he compensates for in his ability to wrangle such a CG-intensive production.”
Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com: “When Johnson is doing that movie action star thing he does so well and giant animals are going enormous-mano-a-enormous-mano, there’s undeniably goofy fun to be had. You just have to be patient during the downtime”.