Movie Title: Rampage
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 47 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie, Keegan, and Mike
Where did I watch it?: Regal Stadium 12 – Swansea, MA
Rampage is the first move in what will be the summer of Dwayne Johnson. After the release of the Jumanji remake late last year and the upcoming Skyscraper that is going to be a blockbuster rip off of Die Hard I had high hopes for this movie.
Rampage takes a long time to build up to its monster mashing climax. The movie opens in space where the evil Energyne corporation is conducting illegal genetic experiments. Things go sideways very quickly as the experiment in question breaks free and destroys the space station. Three samples re-enter the atmosphere and cause radical transformations to the wildlife it encounters. One of the animals it encounters is George, an albino gorilla, in residence at the San Diego Zoo where Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) is in charge of his care. George begins to rapidly mutate as does a wolf in Wyoming and an alligator in the Everglades (unbeknownst to our main characters.)
The acting in the movie is downright awful at points. Claire Wyden (Malin Akerman) and Brett Wyden (Jake Lacy) are absolutely terrible and their attempts at humor and chemistry are pretty pathetic. Harvey Russell (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is at times very entertaining and at times ludicrously absurd. Dr. Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) has a pointless subplot where she lies to Okoye. Okoye in turn has a bunch of random character development involving being in the special forces and preventing poaching that don’t go anywhere. Character development is not the point of the movie and the attempts at it are laughable.
Fortunately, the monster mayhem more than lives up to the slow build. Chicago becomes a stomping ground for three giant pissed off creatures and it is great. The chemistry between Okoye and George the ape (that isn’t there) is natural and funny.
Despite the slow build up the action is fantastic and makes it worth the price of admission. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Child’s Play 2 (1990)
Movie Title: Child’s Play 2
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 24 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie
Where did I watch it?: Home
After the results of Child’s Play it is decided that Andy’s mom must be bat shit insane and is committed to a psychiatric facility. Andy is in turn place in a foster home. The remains of Chucky are returned to the toy company for some unknown reason where they reanimate the doll to prove that nothing was wrong with it. It immediately electrocutes the technician to put it together and Chucky is taken home by a representative from the company who was told to get rid of it.
Chucky soon gets away. What can quickly be deduced is that Child’s Play 2 makes no temporal sense. Chucky moves at ludicrous speeds, gets places he should not be able to, and manages to be in two places at the same time. This does not take away from the enjoyment of the movie if you suspend disbelief. Andy moves into a house filled with the world’s scariest antiques. Chucky promptly tries to kill everyone even when it is apparent that it will not help him capture Andy and transfer his soul. It simply becomes a blood bath. Don’t over think it.
Despite defying all logic and rules of space-time, it is a pretty entertaining movie. Just try not to think about it. At all. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Truth or Dare (2018)