Cinematic adaptations are difficult endeavors, but video games movies in particular have had a particularly hard time in Hollywood. What may be a popular video game to play either by yourself or in the company of others doesn’t always translate into a good movie, whether it’s because the source material just doesn’t work in this kind of medium or because the creative minds didn’t have a good grasp on the source material. The Dwayne Johnson-led Rampage is the latest video game movie to head to theaters, and the reviews are finally starting to pour in. Overall, it appears that while Rampage is an exciting and action-packed blockbuster, it isn’t without plenty of issues.
Starting off, CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg gave Rampage three out of five stars, saying that the movie is quite silly, but its self-awareness and “weird amount of fun” manages to push it outside of the “not great” to “garbage” spectrum that many video game movies find themselves in.
IGN‘s Jim Vejvoda also had a similar mixed reaction, giving Rampage a 5.5 out of 10 score. In his mind, the movie’s script was “stone cold stupid,” but it serves as an effective piece of escapism.
Next we have Justin Lowe from The Hollywood Reporter, who commended Dwayne Johnson’s David Okoye (particularly his scenes with George the gorilla), and predicted that a sequel and video game adaptation is on the way.
Variety‘s Peter Debruge was more critical towards Rampage, noting that while it was better than Dwayne Johnson’s last video game movie outing, Doom (which isn’t saying much), it still felt incredibly cliched and derivative.
Kyle Anderson from Nerdist was another critic who had mixed views on Rampage, declaring that the movie “delights in its absurdity in a way most big-budget movies don’t.”
Finally, Entertainment Weekly‘s Chris Nashawaty gave Rampage a C-, as he wasn’t wowed by Dwayne Johnson’s performance or the rest of the story.
This is just a small sampling of Rampage reviews that have now hit the web, so feel free to read what other people thought of the movie. That being said, it sounds like if you’re looking for a fun, simple blockbuster to enjoy at the theater, this is a decent pick. Just don’t expect it to walk away with any major accolades.