One of my favorite arcade video games was Rampage, where players could take control of a mutated gorilla, wolf, or lizard and lay waste to buildings and do battle against soldiers, tanks, and helicopters. When I saw ads for Dwayne Johnson starring a a movie that featured giant apes, wolves, and lizards, I knew right away it was based on the video game. All photos in this post are screen shots from the Rampage game from the Midway Classics app for iPad.
There were several callbacks to the video game within the movie – two of the monsters were named George and Ralph, though I never heard the name Lizzie mentioned. In the interest of avoiding spoilers, I’m not going to mention what happens to the woman in the red dress.
This wasn’t a perfect movie by any means, but it was better than average. Johnson’s performance was about what I expected, while Jeffrey Dean Morgan wasn’t far from his ‘Negan’ character from The Walking Dead. I would give it four out of five stars.