Further solidifying himself as one of the most bankable men in all of Hollywood, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returns with Rampage, a big screen adaptation of the classic arcade game that’s seen a few sequels in the time since its original release. Granted, it’ll see some stiff competition in a year chock full of other blockbusters, but it does look like a lot of fun and stands a very good chance of attracting a fair amount of moviegoers.
Evidencing this is yet another trailer that follows hot on the heels of one that wowed us just last month. To be honest, I had to separate myself from thinking that a fan had mashed up footage from Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Kong: Skull Island for a moment, but ended up enjoying the footage for what it is.
Of course, making this thing into a coherent story is an absolute necessity. As I said earlier, this bad boy is based on an arcade game from 1986 – and the DNA of that certainly does remain – and arrived in an era when the video game medium wasn’t exactly known for its storytelling capabilities.
Naturally, series like Resident Evil and Silent Hill have had an easier time making the jump to cinema due to their rich mythology, but this film in particular looks to be proof positive that anything can be achieved as long as you get the right creative minds working on a project.
Rampage opens in theaters on April 20th and features an all-star cast that also includes the likes of Malin Akerman, Naomie Harris, Joe Manganiello (Justice League, Deathstroke), P.J. Byrne, Marley Shelton, Breanne Hill, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald and The Walking Dead‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan.