The Lowedown on “Rampage” (PG-13 – Theatrical – US)

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I have been writing reviews for several years and I love it when I am asked me how I came up with my scores. It shows that our readers are genuinely reading my reviews and are showing an interest in The Lowedown. I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the readers out there…it means a lot that we can interact with you.

So I thought I’d change things up a bit.  I write a more condensed review on Facebook and Twitter and I have been basically copying that here. The Movie Corner is the perfect venue to provide a more detailed review…to describe exactly how I get my numbers.

Here’s The Lowedown on “Rampage” (PG-13 – Theatrical – US)


I went to the theatre knowing full well that this was going to be another video game adaptation. To expect any more than that would only keep me from writing a review without bias. When I go see a movie, I would rather be entertained as opposed to educated…and I was very entertained. Let’s go to The Lowedown…


There are two primary leads in this film: Dwayne Johnson spits out several movies a year and is the top action star of this decade. He gets four points for his biceps alone.  Jeffrey Dean Morgan has gained popularity since The Walking Dead, so he gets two points.  The rest of the cast has a few that I have seen before, but not enough to name on sight…one point awarded bringing the total to seven.


“It’s a big arm…don’t fight it.” If you are looking for good acting, you will be in for a disappointment. Dwayne Johnson is The Rock in every movie he does…and Jeffrey Dean Morgan was basically Negan. The acting score peters out at four…I might be able to go a little higher for the comedy aspect, but I’ll score that somewhere else.


When three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago. It is a very loose adaptation of a semi-popular video game from the 80’s in which you put quarters in and have monsters destroy city after city. I’m feeling a little generous cause I liked the video game…six points.


What we want in an ending may differ from person to person.  For an Action movie like this, I am looking for a huge fight scene…insert explosions, car chases, etc. In addition. close the movie out…I hate it when a movie ends with no actual ending. For Rampage, there was a solid ending…good set up and knock down of the pins. STRIKE! Give them an eight.


If the plot is the seed, then the story is the forest. A good, well-written story is essential to a great movie. When there are holes in the story, not enough character development (or too much)…it takes away from the total enjoyment of the film. As an adaptation, I would have liked the story to fit better to the video game. It loses some points there, but the character development is solid and the major points get covered. We’ll give that a five…

The Cast, Acting, Plot, Ending, and Story are aspects I want in any movie I watch. Now comes the last five scores; which are genre/sub-genre specific. That gives three aspects for Genre and two left for the Sub-Genre.


It’s an Action movie after all…we want there to be violence, right? There is some great violence here…mainly CGI mayhem but still a lot of fun. I can’t give it full points…the computer-generated violence and PG-13 rating prevent that. With that…a solid eight points for violence.


The pace you want in a movie depends on the genre, I think. for an Action movie, you want a blistering pace…lots of parts moving and not a lot of drag. There are a couple slow spots, but this was pretty good as a whole…I’ll throw another 6 points.


The special effects are essential for a movie like this. There are giant monsters destroying Chicago…the F/X better be great and it was!! for some genres, CGI is a separate category. For Action films, all the F/X is merged together is one glorious total; which in this case is a ten!!


It’s a monster movie, so the monsters have to be intimidating and believable…with their own personalities that do not take away from the film. The monsters looked big and scary…just what I wanted. George the gorilla especially was characterized really well. It’s all CGI, though so I’ll give it an eight.


When I watch a monster movie, I want the horror movie version.  Nothing beats a monster ripping a person in half while everyone else runs away…if you’ve seen “Piranha” then you know what I’m talking about. I’ll give some points for destruction, but there was very little gore due to its PG-13 rating.  I’d like to give it a one, but this wasn’t meant to be a horror movie…four points is fair.


“You do know there are other ways of dealing with people, right?” He was right…that’s no fun. I came in knowing this was not going to be an Oscar-winning movie…you’re setting this up to fail if you are. If you want to see this, you must rather want to be entertained than educated…an entertained is what I was. This probably will not crack my top 20 of the year, but I had fun!


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