The number one movie in the country right now is Rampage, an adaptation of a beloved 1980s videogame smash ’em up that is big, dumb, and glorious. The special effects-heavy flick is popcorn cinema at it’s finest, and it gives Dwayne Johnson yet another chance to dominate the box office. Here’s a synopsis of the movie:
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson) shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. 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 alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer 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.
Writer Ellen Wolff details the creation of the film in this week’s Sunday Funday pick, The Art and Making of Rampage. Through interviews with the cast and director Brad Peyton, rare concept art and insider information, Wolff presents the definitive guide to this silly and sensational spectacle that examines how a videogame is translated into a multi-million dollar epic.
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