I am not really that much of a sucker for Videogame Movies,given that I only saw The Angry Birds Movie,the Angellina Jolie Tomb Raider movies and this year's Tomb Raider,as well as that direct-to-DVD LEGO Batman movie (no,not counting Wreck-It Ralph). So going into Rampage,I wasn't excited because 'It was going to break the Videogame Movie curse',no. I was excited because I would have had a brainless fun time with The Rock. And man,did it deliver.
While it's not a perfect movie,I can see it as the ''King Kong (2005) of Videogame Movies'',right up there with Angry Birds for sure,since both movies share the same issue: A flawed story with some fun and exciting moments.
And you guessed right if I said ''maybe the story has issues'',because the first 5 minutes feel a bit to sloppy,and I get that they had to set up the story,and the villain has some lazy writing,like 'trying to make cash' isn't necessarily a bad thing,except if you talk about Universal,in that case Right On.
But that doesn't mean it's bad. The third act (and some comedic moments) is where the movie succeded since it's all 'ROAR! SMASH,SMASH,SMASH!' in a dumb,yet exciting way,making me think if Warner Bros. hid an R-Rated cut with all the carnage and oil splatter going on in the movie.
The cast was fantastic all along,from The Rock to Naomie Harris,with Jeffrey Dean Morgan being the standout with his one-liners.
And in the technical aspect,I have to give props to WETA Digital (who just won an Oscar with Blade Runner 2049). This is the most gorgeous-looking Videogame Movie I've ever seen,and that's saying something given the technology we have today.
All in all,I had a fun time with Rampage. Is it a Coherent film? No,but as a fun brainwasher? Indeed it is,but be cautious. If you know what you're getting into,then I'm not stopping you from checking it out,but if you think it looks stupid,then just don't go see it.
Again,it's dumb,but I had a smile through the third act,so it's all good.