Rampage is a science fiction movie directed by Brad Peyton, and is loosely based on the video game series of the same name by Midway Games. It is the third collaboration between Peyton and Johnson, following Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) and San Andreas (2015). I really didn’t expect much from this film — the trailers looked like a children’s movie as well as the same old thing we’ve come to ignore. I have much to say about Rampage and it isn’t all good. Basically, Rampage is about a primatologist who must team up with an albino gorilla to stop two other animals from destroying Chicago.
Rampage starts with Athena-1, a research space station owned by a gene manipulation company called Energyne, which is destroyed after a laboratory rat mutates and wreaks havoc. Dr. Kerry Atkins (Marley Shelton), the lone surviving crew member, is ordered by CEO Claire Wyden (Malin Akerman), to retrieve research canisters containing a pathogen. The escape pod eventually imploded, causing debris to spread across various locations in the US; a canister in the Everglades is consumed by an American crocodile as well as exposure of a pathogen to a gray wolf in a forest in Wyoming.
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), a former US Army Special Forces soldier and member of an anti-poaching unit, works at the San Diego Wildlife Sanctuary, a wildlife preserve. He befriends a rare albino gorilla named George, whom he saved from poachers. Davis communicates with George using sign language and gestures, and George shows Davis that he has a sense of humor. At night, one of the canisters crash-lands in George’s habitat, exposing him to the pathogen. George grows considerably larger and more aggressive over a short time. Davis is contacted by Dr. Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris), a genetic engineer, who explains that the pathogen was developed by Energyne to rewrite genes on a massive scale.
Dr. Caldwell was hoping to advance CRISPR research as a potential cure for disease but discovered that Energyne planned to use it as a biological weapon. Meanwhile, Claire and her brother, Brett (Jake Lacy), fired Dr. Caldwell and sent her to prison on false charges for attempting to expose them. The exposed animals go on a
I think you get the gest of this film, as I am stopping here to talk a little about the quality of Rampage. The plot is simple and lends itself to a younger audience but the acting was seriously flawed. Claire and her brother Brett tried hard but just couldn’t pull off the whole villain thing. Their lines were so corny that I felt as though I watching a Saturday morning adventure project for kids. The special effects were pretty descent but not the best I’ve seen. Adding to the corny dialogue was their attempt to come off gangster like, which they never pulled off. Also, there are some questions about the logic or lack of. Dwayne Johnson is making movies so fast, that I’m afraid he’s going to acquire a rep for grade B films with bad acting. I’m truly a fan but lately, I’ve been disappointed with “The Rock” and Disney. The mutated animals reek havoc, making Rampage somewhat exciting but ridiculous. See this one on DVD/Blu-Ray, you’ll probably be happier with your choice.
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Amy Winehouse, a dynamic song writer and jazz and pop singer, found dead from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27, is documented in this sad but clear story of her brief life and career. I’ve formed a strong and definite opinion of Amy’s life and reasons for her early demise. “Amy” was quite painful to watch, especially after reading that her father (Mitch Winehouse) was protesting the film because he felt it made him look bad and also, at times, showed Amy in a bad light. I found his words hard to believe. In the documentary, her mother admitted she was unable to handle Amy with a simple no when needed. The film brilliantly showed times when Amy acted up as a small child, needing guidance and discipline and her mother (Janis Winehouse) giving up and giving in to Amy’s pressure tactics. I would say Amy was one of those special children, overactive, or what we call a “D” child. Hard to control, aggressive and in need of a disciplinarian. I felt watching her story that her parents were ill equipped to handle her. At 16 years old Amy and a friend had their own flat. That says a whole lot right there. As Amy got older and more popular with more responsibilities, she became more withdrawn from adulthood and was handling her life in a way most adolescence without proper training would. Adding booze, drugs, sex and a “I don’t care” attitude on top of everything just for the fun of it. Friends and family tried to intervene but she didn’t really want their help. She was in and out of rehab but she attached to mates who kept her where she didn’t want to be, even marrying Blake Fielder who really aided in bringing her to rock bottom by introducing her to drugs. She actually served as a gravy train for a few family members who looked out for themselves instead of Amy. When she started to grow up, it was really too late, she was unable to deal with all the problems she had created for herself which included bulimia, drug addiction, alcoholism and depression.
“Amy”, the documentary, captures the very heart of what she was about, which is an amazing person and a true musical genius. “Amy” has already won 25 awards and is predicted to win more, including Oscar. It’s hard to get it out of my head and I am so sorry for this loss. Amy Winehouse had a gift that put her up there with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan and Tony Bennett, who she made her last album with, in terms of uniqueness and talent as a song writer and singer. This documentary is worth the time to see — no one is bigger than substance abuse — it will bring you down to your knees! It’s best not to get started, it’s best to treat it like a venomous snake bite for which there’s no coming back.
[AMY is nominated for Best Documentary Feature]
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