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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Plays Nigerian Character In New Movie

13 April 2018

The movie might actually be more fun seen in bits and pieces than as a whole.

In that sense, there's not a new idea to be had, but there is one key difference between this and the original 1980s video game on which it's ostensibly based.

It's worked before, and with Dwayne Johnson on the poster, Warner Bros. hopes it can work again. I think the best thing I can do now is to go to work and learn.

In the movie, Dwayne Johnson - Hollywood's biggest star will be playing a role of a primatologist named Davis Okoye, who is Nigerian by adoption. Amongst the inmates is unique albino silverback gorilla George, an intelligent, friendly, though obviously strong beast who has been hand-reared, nearly from birth, by Davis.

But the film's big standout is Jason Liles' mo-cap performance as George the albino gorilla, who ends up becoming one of the film's giant rampaging creatures.

Also unexpected is the previously mentioned depth to the relationship between Okoye and George. As well as George, there are similarly affected animals at various locations in North America - a wolf somewhere in the vast landscape of Montana, and an alligator in the waters of Florida.

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Discredited genetic engineer Dr Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) pledges to help Davis discover a cure before George is deemed a risk to human life and has to be destroyed.

The 39-year-old filmmaker and Johnson, 45, have teamed up for a third time on new creature feature "Rampage" - which is based on Midway's 1986 monster-packed video game of the same name - having previously collaborated on 2012's "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" and 2015 disaster flick "San Andreas".

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Unfortunately, it's the great Jeffrey Dean Morgan who is responsible for a majority of the latter.

There's also Jeffrey Dean Morgan's OGA special agent Russell, a tough of nails government "cowboy" - when science shits the bed, he's the one who changes the sheets, so the character informs us during his introduction to proceedings. (There is a giant alligator, though.) It's aggressively dumb, and I'd feel safe in the assumption that everyone was in on the joke if it weren't for the absence of any good ones.

All these characters make for a movie that never slows down, but among all the mayhem, Johnson is completely lost.

Around all this awfulness - Oh, and Joe Manganiello is only in the movie for about five minutes - Johnson can still make you enjoy what you're experiencing. Seriously, the best parts of this movie are when Okoye and George are on screen together. So even though Rampage doesn't "look like" like a family movie what with all the military hardware, gunplay, extreme monster-on-monster violence, people getting stomped, citywide destruction, gratuitous bad-guy munching... it is still a movie about a zookeeper who likes animals and is, therefore, good trying to protect his gorilla friend from villains who are mean to animals and therefore bad.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Plays Nigerian Character In New Movie