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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Tomb Raider has officially come out, and while it hasn’t been received terribly, its critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes is at 50 percent, and its box office haul domestically is only around $23 million. Things aren’t awful, but they aren’t great either. It seems clear that the time for a universally-praised video game movie has yet to happen.

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But 2018 isn’t over, and there’s at least one more video game movie up to bat later this year. I’m talking about the Dwayne Johnson-starring Rampage. Is it possible that THIS can be the one to open up the floodgates? Speaking with CinemaBlend, Johnson discussed why Rampage was such a great concept to follow:

“Well I can only speak for me, personally. So I just know from my taste and my experiences in playing the game — I loved the game when I was a kid. When I got a little older, I had it on Nintendo; loved it then. It’s such a simple premise, so the challenge was to take this fun simple premise and try to build out and hopefully make a cool movie out of it. I think we’ve been doing some good stuff on set here that might lend itself to a pretty good movie. And you know, again, there are just some really cool elements that if you do it right, hopefully it can turn into something that’s really cool. Because you’ve got three gigantic monsters who’ve been mutated through genetic editing, and you have a hero in Naomie Harris’ character, and then you have some big bald brown guy running around, shooting shit, and trying not to get killed.”

One other key aspect here that sets it apart from other video game movies is how minimal the story, plot, and characters are. They can literally make it up from scratch, and turn it into something memorable in its own right, without having it be a replication of the source material, except with the interactive element taken out.

Do you think this can shape up to be the big surprise of the year? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: CinemaBlend

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.