Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood. He has been in A LOT of films lately including the hit comedy Central Intelligence starring Kevin Hart, voicing a demigod named Maui in the latest Disney animated film Moana, and last years surprise hit San Andreas. The Rock also has quite a few films on his to-do list in the upcoming years such as a Baywatch movie, a Jumanji remake, as well as a continuation of the Fast and Furious franchise with Fast 8.
The Rock’s Latest Project Has Him Fighting Giant Monsters!
The Rock isn’t stopping there as another project that struck fans as a surprise was an announcement that a Rampage film would be in the works. Yes, THAT Rampage franchise that starred a bunch of monsters wreaking havoc on cities around the world. More specifically, these monsters were created in a lab experiment gone wrong (where have I heard that before?).
As a result of the explosion, three scientists were turned into different beasts that included an ape named George, a lizard named Lizzie, and a wolf named Ralph. Scumlabs was the company that was responsible for creating these monsters and now the monsters are out to destroy every one of the labs and employees found around the world.
While this premise does sound a bit ridiculous, the movie’s tone will actually feel a whole lot “scarier and emotional” than is to be expected if the director is to believed. With The Rock teaming up with the San Andreas director Brad Peyton once again, Peyton stated that he and the writers are getting together to craft “something very special for fans of the video game franchise” and plan on using the “original game as as their source of inspiration.”
Peyton further expanded upon these quotes saying:
“It’s going to be a lot more emotional, a lot scarier and a lot more real than you’d expect. So you look at that original concept about a lab that affects these animals and makes them rampage, and that’s the nugget. If they called me tomorrow to do Call of Duty, I wouldn’t want to play any of the Call of Duty games. I’d have to come up with something that deserves to be its own thing. That’s where a lot of these movies can go wrong.”
“I’m really excited about Rampage. It’s a monster film, so the stuff that I did on Incarnate, stretching my muscles in the horror space helped. This “small, character piece” with horror in it trained me to get ready for [Rampage]. Obviously, it’s a much bigger movie and it’s meant for a broader audience, but there still horror elements, there’s still a monster movie at the core. And I get to work with Dwayne [Johnson] again, I’m so excited about it.”
What Can We Take From These Quotes?
Not surprisingly, a film with giant monsters should be scary and a bit frightening. When you mention films such as Godzilla, King Kong, or even some of the latest monster movies like Pacific Rim or Cloverfield, these films tend to be a bit scary at times. Some of these movies even have a horror vibe to them, especially with the creature from Cloverfield. Heck you can even count Jurassic Park as a monster movie simply because of all the large dinosaurs in that film. The tone from that film also had many horror-like moments such as the infamous kitchen scene as well as the scene when the T-Rex is after the two kids inside of the Ford Explorer.
The part of the quote that perplexes me was when the director declared that this film would also be emotional and at the same time would feel realistic. The realism part of it gets me excited. Though the premise sounds absurd, I always find it rather amusing when the writers and directors of a monster film can incorporate their story to make it as realistic as possible. Making a story feel grounded yet fun at the same time is not something that can be easily pulled off.
The “emotional” part of it has me a bit puzzled. The reason that I say this is because with a story this bizarre, it’d be hard to take any of this seriously especially a film starring The Rock. Dwayne Johnson hasn’t played in many serious roles. In fact, the actor basically enhances the movie going experience with the types of characters that he plays. He brings that necessary longevity to make the film even more fun for audiences to enjoy.
Is This The Rampage Movie Fan’s Deserve?
Having said all of that, I’ve never been a big fan of the Rampage game franchise having only played the two games on the N64 console. While the game is fun on multiplayer mode, it gets pretty repetitive and can leave gamer’s rather bored after just a few minutes of playing. However as I said earlier, the story is intriguing and could make for a very fun and entertaining movie. To be honest, you place Dwayne Johnson in pretty much anything and I’ll be excited for it!
It’s also imperative that this film is good. After all, we know how video game movies have fared over many years. Though I didn’t believe Warcraft was a great film, it was certainly enjoyable. I’m also very much looking forward to Assassin’s Creed that’s due out in just a matter of weeks. Can video game movies prosper? Absolutely they could as long as they have a great script and a good director behind it. Even though the Rampage movie is a few years away, it’s nice to know that things are starting to come together.
Rampage is currently slated in theaters on April 20th, 2018.
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