Rampage (2018)

Despite its significant budget, “Rampage” is pure B-movie cheese from beginning to end, and that’s also exactly why it’s so much fun. There isn’t anything new or revolutionary here, but director Brad Peyton has a firm grasp of tone and atmosphere, which makes the movie’s preposterous plot feel like a blast, aided in no small part by the extraordinary special effects. The monster effects and the scenes of urban destruction are truly breathtaking, and the movie moves at breakneck speed so it’s all easily digestible. But really, it wouldn’t be as effective were it not for the actors, who are all in on the joke and act accordingly: Dwayne Johnson is the dependable action hero, Malin Akerman and Jake Lacy are the over-the-top villains, and Naomie Harris is the helpful sidekick who is integral to the plot. In some ways it feels like a companion piece to 2018’s “Venom” in that it’s so over-the-top that it’s irresistible for its sheer chutzpah alone.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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