Friday, April 13, 2018

Rampage is Highest-Rated Video Game Movie Ever

Based on a 1986 arcade game of the same name from developer Midway Games, sci-fi monster movie Rampage from Warner Bros. Pictures is released already. It features Hollywood superstar and former WWE megastar Dwayne Johnson (Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) in the role Davis Oyoke, who is a primatologist and friend with a silverback gorilla named George. When his friend becomes victim of a mutagen, it mutates him and other animals into monstrous creatures, which starts a "Rampage" in Chicago.

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Rampage is Highest-Rated Video Game Movie Ever

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Although video game movie adaptations have a bad reputation of being botched out all the times, Johnson's monster flick Rampage seems to have just changed that. A day after it came out, the film currently holds 53% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 153 reviews on their site. They have a list of 46 video game movies that they ranked in order of worst to best and joining ranks with its predecessors, Rampage currently is highest rated video game movie of all time.

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Smelling something good cooking over at Rotten Tomatoes today, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson took Twitter to express his excitement on the news.

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Review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes actually scores on the average of positive reviews from those who watched the film. Just because Rampage has a great opening on RT means, everyone else has picked it as their favorites. Another review site, Metacritic has given it 45, based on 43 of their critics and that is not considerably good! They have held Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) in high regard in ranks of video game movie adaptations.

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Video game enthusiasts have been eagerly waiting for years to see the curse of low rating for a video game movie to finally end at some point. Many fans had high hopes for Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed (2016) movie but even that couldn't live up to expectation and ended up garnering only 18% score. We are still trying to forget the god-awful adaptations of Bloodrayne (2006), Street Fighter (1994) and Super Mario Bros. (1993) that still haunts our memory till this date.

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What filmmakers and studios do that go wrong in cases like this is that they either try to make a cinematic rip-off or their own version of garbage, which makes the critics cringe. It appears that Johnson's monster flick Rampage finally has broke the curse of video game movie with his celluloid portrayal of bromance between man and beast. Alicia Vikander starrer Tomb Raider movie is the only one that came any closer of uplifting this curse so far with a 51% positive rating.