A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Stresses the importance of teamwork, communication, courage as Davis, Dr. Caldwell, and even Agent Russell work together to come up with plan after plan to defeat the Wyden siblings and their evil scheme. Also explores how well-meaning research, findings can be used for good or evil, depending on who's controlling information, tools, technology.
Positive Role Models
Davis and Dr. Caldwell are flawed but heroic characters who team up to save George -- and the rest of humanity -- from the out-of-control super predators. Agent Russell breaks some rules in the interest of the greater good. Wydens portrayed as pretty unambiguously evil. Viewers will empathize with the one animal (George) who's most human like; Davis' ability to connect with animals is important to the story.
Violence & Scariness
Bloody, at times even gory action violence includes seeing the fatal results of genetically modified animals' attacks on humans: The dead are shown eyeless, limbless, flattened into red goo, blown up in explosions. People stepped on, crushed, eaten (in one graphic scene, swallowed whole). Also several scenes of violence against the genetically modified animals, even George, who's shot at again and again with military-grade weapons. Wide-scale property destruction; people sometimes shown flying out of cars, buildings, etc. Paid mercenaries go on a mission to kill an animal and retrieve data. The armed forces are willing to risk a few casualties -- and mass destruction -- to wipe out the killer animals.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting and a few moments of touching/embracing -- mostly out of protection/relief rather than sexual in nature. George the gorilla makes a crude gesture (index finger in and out of a fist) for sex in reference to what kind of "friend" Kate is to Davis.
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Somewhat frequent use of strong language, particularly "s--t," "a--hole," "hell," and "bitch." One cut off use of "mother--" with the second half of the word ("f---er") left assumed but not said. One use of "goddamn" and a few uses of "Jesus" and "God" as frightened exclamations.
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Products & Purchases
Dave & Busters is shown being blown up. Ford, Bose.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rampage, which is loosely based on a classic 1980s video game, is a pretty gory action/adventure movie with some genuine gross-out moments. It will likely appeal to many tweens and teens thanks to star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who plays a renowned primatologist with an unusually close bond to a gorilla named George. A rogue genetic experiment (bolstered by an evil corporate lab) causes George and two other animals to grow to multiple times their size and strength; they then start rampaging through cities, causing massive destruction and casualties. Expect tons of violence, including a few cringeworthy, bloody scenes (people are shown eyeless and flattened into red goo) and life-and-death action. Johnson's character is injured multiple times (he's even shot), but as always, nothing keeps him from saving the day. There's also some flirting and fairly frequent strong language (mostly "s--t" and "a--hole") and a couple of crude jokes -- including a hand gesture by the gorilla. But in the end, the movie has messages about teamwork and courage, too. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Even the immensely likable Johnson can't save this video game-based adventure from its laughable premise and ridiculous dialogue. Johnson's character is downright invincible in Rampage: He survives so much -- including actual gunshots (which he treats like nothing more than irritating mosquito bites) -- that you can't help but giggle aloud whenever he looks "injured." It's impossible to take anything in the film seriously when everyone is a "type." The Wydens are so unambiguously evil that you almost expect them to have monocles, top hats, and mustaches to twirl as they cackle maniacally. Ackerman's Claire actually refers to black ops consultants as "Killers R Us." Oh, and speaking of the mercenaries, they're led by a machine gun-wielding Joe Manganiello, who's not in the movie long enough to be more than a glorified cameo but is memorable nonetheless.
Despite Rampage's many flaws -- we won't even speak of the made-up science -- there's a certain amount of amusement in watching Johnson win at pretty much everything he does. He's nearly as much of a giant on screen as George the gorilla, and anyone who isn't entertained by The Rock's presence likely wouldn't see this movie in the first place. As a fan, it's never a complete waste of time to watch him do his heroic thing, but it's also not necessary to support such a violent, unimaginative, unremarkable action film.
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