Remember the 1986 Midway arcade game Rampage? It’s now a movie. Warner Bros. has unleashed the first trailer for Dwayne Johnson’s live-action adaptation. And, of course, it has that typical Rock blockbuster flavour.
Try not to laugh too loud, but the Rock plays a primatologist who has a unique connection with a gorilla named George here. As the trailer shows, there is plenty of action, with monsters busting city blocks in downtown Chicago and such. Basically, it’s a modern take on King Kong.
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered alpha predators. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.
Directed by Brad Peyton (San Andreas and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), Rampage also stars Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and P.J. Byrne. It opens April 20th, 2018.