Dwayne Johnson in Rampage (2018). Image source: IMDb.

Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema just released the first trailer for Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming science fiction, adventure movie, Rampage.

George, Lizzie, and Ralph doing what monsters do best, destroying cities. Image source: I Watch Stuff.

What is Rampage?

Rampage is a1986 arcade game by Bally Midway. The game lets the players take control of giant monsters. The goal is to do what monsters do best, destroying everything in their path. Items found could hurt the monsters or heal the monsters.

The monsters in the Rampage video game were once human. Scumlabs, a science research laboratory had ‘accidents’ which resulted in humans being mutated into monsters. George is a scientist at the research laboratory. He takes experimental vitamins which cause his mutation into a giant gorilla. Lizzie goes swimming in a lake, unknown to her; it’s one of the Scumlabs illegal dumping sites. The radiation transforms Lizzie into a giant lizard. Ralph is not careful about what he eats. He’s just an ordinary human, much like Lizzie. Ralph eats a hotdog, and due to the food additives, he transforms into a giant wolf.

When Rampage expanded to other video platforms, Atari Lynx added another monster to the Wrecking Crew. Larry works in the cafeteria at Scumlabs; he also talks too much. On a dare, he eats spinach tainted with an unknown chemical. The tainted spinach turns Larry the snitch into Larry the Rat.

The Movie, Rampage:

Dwayne Johnson’s character is a Primatologist, Davis Okoye. He would rather hang out with animals than with humans. He rescues a two-year-old silverback gorilla. The gorilla is unique, and he and Davis form a bond. A container is fired into George’s home at the zoo, the unknown chemical releases and George changes and grows. George is joined by a 30-foot wolf and a giant alligator and all three starts to destroy Chicago.

The movie stars Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Naomie Harris, and Joe Manganiello.

Rampage Trivia:

Rampage is the third film Dwayne Johnson, and Director Brad Peyton have worked on together. The other two films were Sand Andreas (2015) and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012). This will also be Dwayne Johnson’s second video game to movie adaption; the first was Doom (2015).

Parts of the movie were filmed in Stone Mountain Park in Georgia. Other parts of the movie were filmed in Chicago, Illinois, just three hours from where I live.

Rampage is releasing in theaters in the United Kingdom on April 13th, 2018 and in the United States on April 20th, 2018.

Rampage, the movie looks action-packed, filled with high explosives and carnage. I am like Davis Okoye, I prefer animals over humans. I cry when an animal dies in a movie. Just image tears falling over my checks when Riddick’s pet alien jackal dies in Riddick (2013). So, yes, I teared up when I saw the wounds on George when Davis visited him in his enclosure. What are your thoughts on the upcoming movie?

Tracie lives in the United States and is an enthusiastic and versatile writer with an academic background in journalism and creative writing. She's an aspiring journalist, screenwriter, and novelist.