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What To Watch? Rampage

Yesterday, we decided on a whim to go to the cinema again. The only option we had, with our daughter in tow, was Rampage, a science fiction monster movie. We were not disappointed.

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Cast

The main character, and probably the main reason why people go and watch this movie as you know it’s going to be a good one, is Dwayne Johnson. He plays primatologist David Okoye, working at San Diego wildlife preserve. During his anti-poaching unit days, he rescued albino gorilla George and raised him, teaching him sign language. Okoye happens to have a special forces background (very handy).

Naomie Harris plays his side-kick, Dr. Kate Caldwell, the scientist who knows everything that is going on. Another major player is the cowboy OGA (Other Government Agency) agent Harvey Russell, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The bad guy in the movie is a woman, CEO of Energyne Claire Wyden, played by Malin Åkerman.

Plot

Energyne has done some experiments in space that are too terrible to perform on earth. Unfortunately, things go amiss, and the space station blows up. Amidst the debris that falls to the earth are three samples of the experiment which change the DNA of the three animals that come into contact with them: George the gorilla, a wild wolf, and a crocodile. They grow out of control and get very aggressive. Claire sends out a signal from the top of the company’s building, luring the genetically modified animals to the city. She hopes that the animals kill Dr. Caldwell and so prevent her from spilling the beans on the terrible things Energyne has done.

What I liked about Rampage

Rampage is a good old-fashioned humoristic action movie, up there with 2012, San Andreas, and Godzilla. Having Dwayne Johnson in there is a big attraction although I was a bit disappointed he didn’t show off his pecs bounce 😀 . The humor is funny, sometimes predictable, but well spaced.

Rampage_3.jpgThe CG is spectacular. George is almost human with very life-like facial expressions. The people who have put their minds together to come up with the changes of the wolf and crocodile have been extremely creative. There was one revelation that made my jaw drop. They missed out on some opportunity for George, though.

What I didn’t like about Rampage

There were an awful lot of ‘WTF?’ moments in this movie. At one point, a whole building wall falls over while Johnson jumps out of the window (several stories high), yet there is not a scratch on him. Bullets don’t seem to hurt him either. Those are the little moments that take you out of the otherwise spectacular action scenes. But, as I already stated, the movie needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

Summary

Rampage is a fun movie that can be watched by teenaged children (there’s one graphic sexual innuendo at the end) and any lover of huge monsters. It is 107 minutes of fun, spectacular action, and awesome CG.

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Movie Review: Central Intelligence

Score: 8/10

– Spoiler Alert! –

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Last Friday we saw Central Intelligence, with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. I didn’t really want to see it, but my son begged me to go see it. He likes what we call in Dutch ‘underpants fun.’ You know, jokes about poop and pee and farts. Not my style. But we went to see it anyway.

I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. Of course I knew I would be, because The Rock is in it and he takes his shirt off (I know, but I’m only human 🙂 ). And Dwayne’s acting was so funny, so out of character!

Let me give you a very short version of the run down of the story. Robbie (The Rock) is a fat boy and thrown butt naked into the hall during prom night. Calvin (Hart), the prom king, is the only one who is nice to him. Twenty years later Bob (aka Robbie, but he changed his name and his physique) contacts Calvin, who is now an accountant, and together they do the ‘save the world’ kind of thing.

When Bob first meets Calvin after twenty years he still acts like an overexcited teenager. And it’s so funny! I didn’t like Hart’s role that much as he played the ‘underpants fun’ part of the movie (see, I knew it!). Lots of jokes about farts and shit. But he played it well. The funniest part was the reference to other movies. It made the audience relate as we all do this in real life (well, we all do in my household. I even do it in my books!).

The whole story is a continuation of action, humour and suspense. There was not one moment that I was lost or bored. I even laughed out loud several times during the movie, and I wasn’t the only one in the theatre to do so. I was only slightly annoyed by the fart jokes. But most of the jokes were ‘fresh’, as in ‘I’m so scared shitless, even my farts are just air.’ Only after you walk away you start thinking about the exceptionally fast wardrobe changes that The Rock pulled off, that you think the flow of the whole movie could have been slightly better.

The suspense is built up gradually, which left you guessing of who ‘the mole’ was to the very end. There is one torture scene in the movie, but it is not shown in the shot, only suggested. A little later the effect is shown, which is a bit of a shock, but it is only in view for one second and it is laughed off whilst corrected. There is no blood.

Make-up could have been a bit better for Danielle Nicolette (the prom queen who is Calvin’s high school sweetheart and later becomes his wife), as she didn’t seem a day older after twenty years.

Music was good, can’t remember a particular tune, but it flowed with the scenes.

Of course there was a moral to the story; to accept everybody for who they are and to accept yourself who you are. It was so sweet that The Rock kissed his high school love in the end (not giving that surprise away, you’ve got to go see it 🙂 ). And there is a little gag reel at the end, so don’t walk away immediately!

Because this movie made me laugh out loud and kept me entertained for the full 1h47m I give it an 8/10.