Based on a video game series ‘Rampage’ has a lot to live up to. Not only does it feature Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson who is currently Hollywood’s box office prince, but has to avoid the stigma of game to screen films. ‘Super Mario Brothers’ and ‘Streetfighter’ are a couple of the celluloid atrocities committed in the name of raking in cash. Unfortunately ‘Rampage’ is more of the same with a dreadful script failing to hide behind a mass of CGI that would shame the most basic of computer programmers.

Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) is a primatologist who is the head of an anti-poaching unit. Determined to protect any species, his latest target is George, a giant gorilla who has been infected with a mysterious disease. Turning into a rampaging beast, George has been joined by a wolf and crocodile who have also been turned into ginormous creatures. Aided by genetic engineer Kate (Naomie Harris), Davis must save America from destruction and find out how the infection began before even more hell unleashes.

‘Rampage’ is the type of block-buster Hollywood churns out with boring regularity. Spending a fortune on CGI with little else spent on characterisation and tension, you have ‘Rampage’. You know what to expect when the movie starts – virtuous heroes, hiss-able villains, a little romance and lots of special effects wizardry. It’s all here with Brad Peyton pushing the required buttons rather than directing anything resembling creative flair.

The few savage graces of ‘Rampage’ belong to the performances. Johnson almost carries the entire movie on his established charisma and has fun as buildings crash around him. Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a shady government agent also enjoys being amongst the hijinks with his smile as big as the paycheque he’ll receive. The mean-spirited moments of grisly gore goes against the ‘family friendly’ tone ‘Rampage’ aims for, making for a narrative just as messy as the debris the monsters leave behind.

‘Rampage’ is dopey entertainment for the popcorn brigade. It goes through the motions with depressing predictability and the money spent being enough to feed a small army. Computer games will never go out of style although films such as ‘Rampage’ need to up their game in providing something more exciting than a standard morass of noise and over-cooked carnage.

Rating out of 10: 5

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