Movie Review: RAMPAGE (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

RAMPAGE is based on the 1986 classic arcade game by Bally Midway. The movie was directed by Brad Peyton from a screenplay by Ryan Engle, Carlton Cuse, Ryan J. Condal and Adam Sztykiel and stars Dwayne JohnsonNaomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, P.J. Byrne, Marley Shelton, Breanne Hill, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald, Jason Liles, Demetrius Grosse and Will Yun Lee.

In 1993, a breakthrough new technology gave scientists a path to treat incurable diseases through genetic editing. In 2016, due to its potential for misuse, the U.S. Intelligence Community designated genetic editing a “Weapon of Mass Destruction and Proliferation.” Johnson stars as primatologist Davis Okoye, a man who keeps people at a distance but shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, incredibly rare albino silverback gorilla who has been in his care since he rescued the young orphan from poachers. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created super creatures tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with discredited geneticist Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.

When three animals accidentally get exposed to a dangerous pathogen, they end up turning into giant creatures full of rage. The main focuses stays on Davis Okoye and George, the albino gorilla that ends up being one of the animals that gets exposed. What happens is, George, a mutated crocodile nicknamed Lizzie and a mutated wolf called Ralph grow to enormous sizes and they all feature this out of control aggression level and once they arrive in Chicago, the Windy City gets turned into one wild and crazy battlefield. What’s elevating the creature’s aggression is a certain sound frequency that has also lured them into the big city.

Davis is joined by Dr. Kate Caldwell and Agent Harvey Russell and the three of them have to come up with a plan to try and stop the destructive giant creatures with a counter-serum that’s able to stabilize their out of control aggression but George is the only giant that Davis is able to get the counter-serum to and once this happens the game changes. By the way, there’s also a sinister figure that comes into play who doesn’t want the counter-serum given to the animals because this person has a different plan and it’s not good. Anyway, it’s Davis and his big pal George who go up against Lizzie and Ralph in a massive battle royale of epic proportions. In the end, the heroes find a way to stop the path of destruction by the other two giant creatures and the battle tested George shows Davis he still has a great sense of humor.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast watching Rampage because not only did it take me back to my childhood when I played the old school arcade game that it’s based on but the movie itself was an exciting action bonanza from beginning to end. I liked the story that focused on the relationship between the main character and gorilla with a sick sense of humor. Dwayne Johnson has become the go-to guy when it comes to action movies and I love the fact that he gets to make the kind of movies he wants to make these days so why not make one about his favorite video game from back in the day. Johnson is the star of the movie but the three giant creatures (George, Lizzie and Ralph) are close behind because these three are fun to watch while they destroy everything in their paths. WETA did a fantastic job bringing these amazing creatures to life on screen. This is the third time Brad Peyton has worked with Dwayne Johnson and the director-actor team have delivered another really fun action adventure that’s also a giant-sized creature feature. Rampage will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD) on July 17th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 108 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / DTS-HD Master Audio  5.1 / EDA / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include five “making of” featurettes that take the viewer behind-the-scenes, gag reel, seven deleted scenes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Not A Game Anymore – From arcade sensation to movie monster epic, we explore how the Midway video game inspired the filmmakers to create the ultimate disaster film. (06:15)
  • Gag Reel – Hilarious outtakes and mishaps captured during production. (02:43)
  • Deleted Scenes – Deleted scenes that barely missed the final theatrical cut. (10:12)
  • Rampage – Actors in Action: Strap in for a wild ride as Dwayne Johnson, Joe Manganiello and the cast prepare for the film’s demanding stunts and explosive set pieces. (10:45)
  • Trio of Destruction – Follow the innovative design team and the artists at Weta Digital as they bring to life the biggest and baddest monsters for the film’s climactic battle royal. (10:08)
  • Attack on Chicago – Director Brad Peyton reveals the challenges of filming on-location in Chicago and turning digital destruction into a cinematic reality. (10:23)
  • Bringing George to Life – Discover the wonder of what it’s like to be a gorilla, as movement coordinator Terry Notary teaches actor Jason Liles how to move, behave and become “George.” (11:53)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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