Rampage’s Honest Trailer sees The Rock fighting giant monsters and anything resembling logic or reality. It would be fair to say that video game movie adaptations don’t have a great critical reputation; in fact, a lot of them wind up on ‘worst movies ever made’ lists with alarming regularity. Things started badly with 1993’s disastrous Super Mario Bros and escalated to unbearable turkeys like Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider and the works of Uwe Boll like Alone In The Dark.
The Doom movie from 2005 has enough enjoyable moments to keep off such lists, but it's still considered a poor effort from fans of the game. Dwayne Johnson led the cast of that version but has since admitted it didn’t work. In fact, while he promoted his second video game adaption, Rampage, he even threw some shade at the movie, dubbing it a ‘stinker.’ While Rampage could hardly be considered high art, it proved to be another hit for the star and was even – briefly – certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Of course, The Rock battling giant monsters is an irresistible target for Honest Trailers, who have fun picking over Rampage's various pros and cons. In keeping with his indestructible screen persona, Johnson is introduced in the trailer as ‘Your everyday average primatologist, poacher hunter, ex-Special Forces, former helicopter pilot,’ who must team up with Jefferey Dean Morgan’s delightfully hammy government agent, who’s ‘More down south than a jug of moonshine.’
The trailer may poke Rampage for being dumb and lacking logic, but since most of that dumbness is by design it’s hard to really fault it, though it does point out Johnson’s latest offerings involving jungles (Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle) and cities being destroyed (San Andreas) are starting to bleed together. The trailer also ends by giving his Rampage character the very apt name of ‘He Fought A Zoo.’
Following the release of Rampage, Johnson is showing no sign of slowing down either. He’s got Skyscraper coming out in July, he’s set to start filming Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw soon and he’s got movies like Jungle Cruise and a Jumanji sequel in the pipeline. While Skyscraper is projected to have a soft opening weekend at the domestic box office, it will likely have legs in international markets.
Source: Honest Trailers
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