Cert: 12A Runtime: 107 mins Director: Brad Peyton Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Demetrius Grosse, P.J.Byrne and Joe Manganiello
He’s not just a friend….he’s family!
No bad review or Rotten Tomato score will stop a Dwayne Johnson movie ever making mega $$$. Rampage is his latest film, and I for one was actually looking forward to this one. If you are a frequent reader, you will know I enjoy giant monster movies! Rampage came across as a good one, but is it really? What is it all about you ask? Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne 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 mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created alpha predators 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.
We go in to watch Rampage for an action packed movie, we kind of get that but it’s no future guilty pleasure movie. Brad Peyton’s San Andreas was a lot of cheesy/action packed fun, but Rampage over goes more cheese and less action. There are a lot of heavy stupid dialogue scenes, any avid cinema goer will cipher each situation before the characters solve it. What is surprising is that the BBFC gave it a 12 A rating, for a ‘family’ orientated film there is a lot of swearing, gore and death. Normally you don’t see creatures killing civilians, for me it didn’t bother me but I can imagine it will get some form of backlash. Peyton is a very good action film-maker, his use of CGI is executed very well. The overall design of the creatures was very unique and different. Dwayne Johnson was his usual superstar self, charming and witty. His chemistry with George was very sweet and you do care for them. But Jeffrey Dean Morgan steals the show for me, he was a bad-ass and hilarious. Rampage is a slow build up with morsels of action, but the third act saves it! Rampage really could have been a lot better, if Brad Peyton would of stayed with the San Andreas formula it would have been another guilty pleasure for me.
Cert: 15 Runtime: 90 mins Director: John Krasinski Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe
Who are we if we can’t protect them? we have to protect them
A Quiet Place has been on the watch-list for sometime now, after the slight disappointment of It Comes at Night I was craving for another family focused horror. This is John Krasinski’s major movie directorial debut and his first screen appearance with his wife Emily Blunt *LIKE YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT ANYWAY*. The trailers gave a simple premise of a horror/drama with not much dialogue. That was more than enough for me to want to see it. So what is A Quiet Place about you ask? A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.A Quiet Place has is the reason you go to the cinema. It was such an immersive experience, full house, jumping bodies, awkward laughs and surround sound. I haven’t had such an experience for some time now, it was a breath of fresh air.
John Krasinski is able to do what all great directors do, orchestrating the audience with tension and pacing. He knows when to make you laugh, when to cry, and most of all, when to scream. Just like Jordan Peele last year with Get Out, this U.S Office Alumn knows how to create a horror social commentary film. Between tackling parenthood during tough times and tackling life day to day politically, Krasinski has created a very intellectual film.The psychological element is played simply and effectively, the set pieces come one after another, in different locations of the farmland where the characters live, one situation is more unsettling than the other. The appearances of monsters is cleverly played out, they are always just one glance away and for most of the film you cannot see them up close. When the creatures are finally revealed they are eerie and disturbing. As a horror fan I have seen it all, but these vicious buggers have their own wicked personality. They are creepily spectacular and fun to watch.
The sound design is excellent, as well. Very little is actually spoken in the film, leaving large gaps for the sound to just drop from the soundtrack completely, which makes the jump scares mostly earned. And when the sound does come in, it’s decidedly booming and intense. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are superb in this film. They are faced with many tough moments and raising a family in this environment only makes it that much harder! They do provide great emotional value and keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe give strong performances too, Simmonds does really show the frustration and anger through out the film, but her heroism just shines. As a quartet it feels like a strong family unit with survival a priority. I found myself caring for the characters (rare in horror) and hoping for a positive outcome.A Quiet Place is simple, yet effective horror movie and the reason you should go to the cinema to watch it.