Video game movies kind of suck. Sure, they haven’t ALL been train wrecks, but there aren’t very many we can point to as great movies. Perhaps we can point to Mortal Kombat as a fun genre piece to grow up with, or maybe we can even make a case that the Tomb Raider or Resident Evil franchises were good enough to warrant multiple films, but at the end of the day, they’ve paled in comparison to adaptations of books, comics, or other more story-centric mediums.
Despite the more recent critical and box office failings of Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed — both of which had huge potential to take video game adaptations to new heights — there are still plenty more attempts down the road. Among those upcoming adaptations, we have a reboot of Tomb Raider, the Castlevania animated Netflix show, and Rampage. The latter of those three is perhaps the most interesting case. While most video game adaptations as of late have taken themselves very seriously, Rampage can’t really be done if the filmmakers involved follow suit. It’s a video game about three giant monsters attacking a city. It begs not to be taken seriously. Luckily for us, those behind the scenes seem to know that.
Dwayne Johnson recently took to Instagram to share a synopsis for the upcoming film, and man is it hilarious.
“Goin’ primal. Good to finally have boots on the ground here in Georgia for production of #RAMPAGE. I head up an anti poaching unit out of Rwanda. My best friend is a rare albino gorilla named, George. Very bad people infect George, an alligator and a wolf with a serum. All three animals grow at an unprecedented rate. Their size, speed, agility and violent aggression is off the charts. They go on a deadly rampage and want to destroy the world. George not happy. Me not happy. When animals like you, they lick you. When they don’t like you, they kill you. I will hunt down the bad people who did this to my best friend. And when I find them, I will not lick them. We have the best VFX monster making team (WETA) on the planet. Our actors and crew have been working very hard to raise the monster genre bar. As always, let’s have some fun. Let’s shoot.”
I have to say, I absolutely adore whoever the hell wrote up this synopsis, if it wasn’t Johnson himself. In a paragraph, we get the idea that this will be an over-the-top action-fest. It’s going to be stupid, fun, and ridiculous. Given the source material, this is the correct approach to take with a movie like this, especially when you already have the more serious King Kong and Godzilla characters running around the film world.
What did you think of this synopsis? Do you love it as much as we do, and does it get you more excited to see Rampage hit the big screen? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Rampage hits theaters on April 20, 2018.
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SOURCE: Dwayne Johnson (via Instagram)