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Just about everything is getting the Hollywood treatment these days – from remakes of remakes to the niche video game cult classics. The unoriginality can be exhausting, but it’s movies like Rampage made just for the pure joy of entertainment that gives us a breather from the more serious of franchise starters.

Coming from the 1986 arcade game of the same name, Rampage sees The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) go up against even bigger creatures than himself, which is a sight we don’t often get to see in his movies. Johnson plays primatologist Davis Okoye, who takes care of a silver-back gorilla named George. After a mysterious probe infects George with a mysterious substance, he starts to grow exponentially bigger – cue the top-secret government involvement. Eventually George somehow gets to the city, and a whole bunch of mayhem ensues – a flying wolf comes barging through a building and a godzilla-like crocodile chows down on a jet.

It sounds and looks absolutely barmy, with mass destruction of buildings and people dying left right and centre. But with films like these you have to leave any sense of realism at the door and enjoy the ride. While Johnson may be playing the funny-tough guy role he always does in the summer blockbusters, his performance is always a treat on screen. The rest of the cast are sure to get in their quips, but expect them to have two-dimensional personalities.

While the plot seems to be full of nonsense, seeing in the trailer how the wolf, George and The Rock team up, Rampage does look like a roller coaster ride brimming with colossal entertainment.

The bottom line
A barmy take on a cult video game.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Doha,


  • Duration: 107
  • Released: Thu, 26 Apr
  • Language: English
  • Director: Brad Peyton
  • Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman

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