Dwayne Johnson studied gorillas for Rampage role


Action-comedy star. HBO series star.

Canadian-born director Brad Peyton made San Andreas with Dwayne Johnson in 2015.

Hollywood really doesn't want to give up on attempting to adapt video game movies for cinemas. Super Mario Brothers and Street Fighter: The Movie had wildly convoluted plots to justify the adaptation. And anyway, this is no mere refit of San Andreas. Rampage will suffer a better fate at the hands of both, I wager, because it masks its excesses more cleverly, and surrounds its explosions and destructiveness with less obnoxious characters and funnier jokes. "It was an incredible process, this movie, and I'm really happy that we anchored it in that relationship". But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. The set piece in which Johnson safely throws Harris from an exploding, rapidly descending airplane dazzles in its absurdity; the one in which he pilots a chopper through the chaos does nothing.

There's also Jeffrey Dean Morgan's OGA special agent Russell, a tough of nails government "cowboy" - when science shits the bed, he's the one who changes the sheets, so the character informs us during his introduction to proceedings.

"There's this calamity and this craziness, and everything that's happening", Johnson, 45, told Collider. I misjudged the distance, so that was kind of bad for her that day.

Johnson said, "One of the best parts about meeting Jeffrey Dean's boy is I see him, he comes out and [says], 'That was the best movie ever!" In an early draft, George perished during battle. The subject a of recent, glowing Rolling Stone profile that revealed he did not vote in 2016 but does not rule out running for the nation's swole-est office in the future, Johnson has somehow become America's most precious natural resource and its most abundant. I'm like, 'No. Did I miss something?

"Nobody goes to a movie like Rampage for the poetry, but truly this is a awful screenplay", the Sun-Times review complained, later adding, "The game was more entertaining than the movie, to say the least, which feels hastily rewritten and nervously edited". Plenty of movies have dredged up our anxieties of death and destruction in American cities since 2001, but few have re-created them with such faithfulness, and even fewer in service of a giant flying wolf.

Actually, check that - "lite" isn't really fair, not when the spectacularly chaotic final act delivers to such a satisfying degree. "We need to figure something out, otherwise I'm not gonna do the movie".

Variety took issue with the movie's script-flip that reverses the goal of the original game, which had arcade-era players doing all the rampaging and wrecking.

"I love it! That's awesome my friend!" (It gets a little old.) But Morgan does a fine job of the essential task of Reading the Hero's Resume Aloud, marveling at how much of it is "redacted, redacted, redacted".

Johnson is front and centre as a character with yet another belter of a name, Davis Okoye, a primatologist who looks after, and indeed talks to the animals at a San Diego conservation centre. I've been an animal lover since childhood, and have had pets since I can remember, but my interplay with Hobbs is special.

I had a good time because I expected fun nonsense.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has a new baby on the way.

"Rampage" does hum along at a reasonably brisk pace from crisis to crisis, and the climactic encounter is loud, destructive and moderately exciting, providing that one's brain is pretty much packed away by then. He's a great guy. And I have a tremendous respect, so 2020 is not going to happen. "I'm as tall as he is, about, but my God he's built like a huge freezer".