After November’s trailer and a number of stills, it’s still difficult to know exactly what to expect from Rampage, which is not far away now, opening in cinemas on April 20th. This new trailer proves quite fun, teasing a lot more humour than previously suggested which, given the film features a giant gorilla, an equally-oversized lizard, a flying mutant wolf and Dwayne Johnson, is definitely reassuring.
Johnson reteams with San Andreas director Brad Peyton for the film, which is based on the retro arcade smash-em-up of the same name, and sees a failed genetic experiment turn ordinary animals into colossal, vicious beasts. Also starring are Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Malin Akerman (The Final Girls, Watchmen), Jake Lacy (HBO’s Girls), Joe Manganiello (True Blood) and The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan, plus P.J. Byrne (The Wolf of Wall Street), Marley Shelton (Solace) and Breanne Hill (San Andreas).
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered alpha predators. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)