Athena-1, a space station owned by gene manipulation company Energyne, is destroyed after a laboratory rat mutates and wreaks havoc. Dr. Kerry Atkins, the lone surviving crew member, is ordered by CEO Claire Wyden to retrieve research canisters containing a pathogen. Atkins is able to flee in the escape pod when the station implodes, but due to damage from the rat it disintegrates upon re-entry, killing her. The falling pieces leave a trail of debris across the United States, including the Everglades in Florida, where a canister is consumed by an American crocodile, and a forest in Wyoming, where a gray wolf is exposed to the pathogen. Primatologist Davis Okoye, a former US Army Special Forces soldier and member of an anti-poaching unit, works at the San Diego Wildlife Sanctuary. He has befriended a rare albino western lowland gorilla named George, having saved him from poachers, and communicates with George using sign language and hand gestures. At night, one of the canisters ...
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Athena-1. Athena-1, come in. Athena-1, this is Control. We have negative copy on that last transmission. We are showing LOS in the command module. Please verify. Over.
Dr. Kerry Atkins:
Mission Control, this is Atkins. Something went wrong with the test. The crew is dead. Athena hull integrity is critical. I'm headed to the escape capsule.
Negative, negative. Reroute to the lab and secure the canisters before departure.
Dr. Kerry Atkins:
But the test subject is loose.
Doctor, the test subject is a rat.
Dr. Kerry Atkins:
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Based on the 1986 video game of the same name Rampage is the mindless cgi filled take your brain out movie you'd expect, but has a bit of charm to it (Bit).
I played Rampage as a kid, it was one of those fantastic games that got sequels but nothing that followed ever came close to meeting its quality. But it had no story, it was devoid of plot! So how could you possibly make a movie based on it over 30yrs later?
Well they did and the story is thinner than Kate Moss's waistline. It tells the story of everyones favourite wrestler turner actor the Rock chasing after the genetically modified gorilla he saved years before. Cue cgi, chaos, monsters, falling buildings, explosions and all the usual tropes.
With all three original monster George, Ralph and Lizzie (Though nobody acknowledges Lizzie's name) it's about as loyal as it can physically be considering the lack of material to actually work with.
I still can't get my head around why they would make it? Whats next? Tetris? Lemmings? Worms? Roland on the Ropes?
It's big, it's shiney, it's overbudget and it's as dumb as they come. Generally I despise films like this and consider them to be a problem within the industry but credit where credit is due Rampage does have some redeeming qualities.
Some of the humour is on point, it's heart is in the right place and Jeffrey Dean Morgan steals the entire film.
Passable stuff if you can get past the sheer unadulterated stupidity of it all.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
A few nods to the video game
Dumb beyond belief
Simply shouldn't really exist
Things I Learnt From This Movie:
Jeffrey Dean Morgans face should be in the dictionary next to awesome, amazing and godlike.
Forgetting Lizzie's name is just lame
Genetic engineering turns wolves into porcupines and squirrel monkeys
I suddenly want to play the original game!
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