August Keller


Excessive explosions, inconsistent one-liners, and lazy storytelling. We’ve come to expect these tired tropes from pictures starring B-movie champion, Dwayne Johnson and his newest release, Rampage, delivers it all in droves. While the script does put minor efforts into creating characters & relationships, much of the story recedes into sorry excuses for one excessive action sequence after another. Again, that is what a movie like Rampage is supposed to do to a certain extent but this film often slips into pointless, incoherent chaos.

The limitations of Rampage’s action (from production to direction to writing) would be more excusable if the entire film wasn’t centered around it. All narrative scenes are executed with a level of disinterest that can only be described as negligent. In fact, some of the more emotionally dramatic moments feel outright inappropriate as this movie clearly wants to get on to blowing more stuff up. In the end, the charm of Dwayne Johnson, the playful supporting cast and the special effects all have their moments but the positives of this movie are mostly washed out by its noisy and cheap qualities. A film that hardly has any interest in itself, there are better movies to see than Rampage.

Writing: 2/10
Direction: 2/10
Cinematography: 3/10
Acting: 4/10
Editing: 2/10
Sound: 6/10
Score/Soundtrack: 5/10
Production Design: 2/10
Casting: 7/10
Effects: 4/10

Overall Score: 3.7/10