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Rampage (2018) Movie Review By Darrin Gauthier

Rampage

Director: Brad Peyton
Writers: Ryan Engle (screenplay by), Carlton Cuse (screenplay by)
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Joe Manganiello

Plot:  When three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago.

Running Time: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 52%    Audience 75%

Why I Watched It: The cast and I got it on sale on itunes for 2.99.

Random Thoughts: This was one of the rare cases where a movie was based on a video game and I didn’t know or more likely didn’t remember the game.  I have seen it now boy I miss the early video games.

I would like to say something about Dwayne Johnson, Baywatch bombed, Skyscraper was a disappointment and Rampage did well but look at that critics score, it’s very hard to be the highest paid actor in Hollywood, heavy is the crown and all that, he’s still for my movie a bankable star and who of the most charismatic actors working today and likable as all get out.

What I Liked: First off, this is a fun and enjoyable popcorn movie, I liked the crap out of it, don’t worry I’ll say more but it does sum it up nicely.

I don’t usually like giant monster movies, I like some but the King Kongs and Godzillias usually leave me cold but here they embrace the fun of it and to their credit it’s silly cause of course it is but they play it straight and they don’t play down to the material.  The tone and pacing works well and even though the film does run a bit long it’s a quick watch.

Johnson is solid here, he’s kind of quiet and even though he’s playing to his type and his strengths it’s a bit different, slightly. Naomie Harris is very good here, kind of a nothing role and she holds her own.  To me the standout is Jeffery Dean Morgan who is a downright hoot in this movie, even is chewing scenery and having a ton of fun and it’s infectious, every time he says something I smiled.  I liked the fact that they didn’t make him a cliched government bad guy, you’re not really sure what side he’s on and that’s part of the fun.  It’s nice to see a secondary character get some time and also get to be more than a stock character.  Also different seeing Malin Ackerman as the villain, and to have a brother and sister villain is different or at least hasn’t been done in a while.

The action is done well, the CGI for the most part is good and the monsters were believable enough to keep you into the movie.  For the most par this is a well made action movie.

What I Didn’t Like: Honestly there isn’t much cause this movie really knows what it is, it’s not over reaching and it’s not trying to be the biggest Box Office hit of all-time, it’s a movie based on an old video game and it kept the fun and silliness that it had and put it on the big screen.  With that there’s a couple of nitpicks, they waste Joe Manganiello, i wish they gave him not only more to do but a character to play, he’s a type here, everything I said about Morgan’s character does not apply to Manganiello not his fault he’s a bigger name than this role needed.  Also the villain’s could have been a tad better, I get what they were going for but really they weren’t much of a threat.

Final Thoughts: A hoot of a film, there I said I enjoyed it for what it was, I hada good time watching it.

Rating: 8/10

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Misconduct (2016) Movie Review by Stephen McLaughlin

MISCONDUCT

Director: Shintaro Shimosawa
Writers: Simon Boyes, Adam Mason
Stars: Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Malin Akerman, Julie Stiles, Alice Eve, Byung-hun Lee

Misconduct is a movie that is about Ben (Josh Duhamel) who is an ambitious young lawyer who is contacted by his unstable ex-girlfriend Emily (Malin Akerman) who has classified incriminating data files about her billionaire boss Arthur Denning (Anthony Hopkins)

Ben takes on the big case against the powerful and ruthless executive of a large pharmaceutical company Denning and soon finds himself involved in a case of blackmail and corruption and his life and career begins to spiral into the absurd and desperation.

When I read a bit about this movie which I normally do before viewing to give me an idea of the storyline and whose who in the film at first glance I see the cast of Duhamel, Hopkins, Pacino and Stiles and my initial reaction was and expected an intense thriller with a deep storyline.

In fact Hopkins and Pacino are bit part characters although important key roles don’t have enough screen time as far as I am concerned. The story itself is a little clunky and disjointed and the pace of the movie is a little slow. My initial feeling was that the storyline is lacking any suspense and depth, meaning that filmmakers have spread the story so thin to reach it’s duration and tuning time.

None of the actors disappoint in terms of how interesting the characters they portray but surprisingly the chemistry between the two veteran actors Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino appear at times shaky and awkward.

Anthony Hopkins at this time appears to be portraying rich billionaires who are held to ransom again and again (check my review of Kidnapping Freddy Heineken) and although never disappoints looks like he is just topping up his bank balance in accepting these limited screen time roles. I find it frustrating that an actor of his calibre and c.v. “has” to do these roles that I cannot believe for a minute they find interesting as the role isn’t part of the story enough.

Having just watched Al Pacino in Danny Collins (2015) a month or so back i was very disappointed in this as like Hopkins you know what to expect and again its not a big role in the sense of screen time and I understand that both Arthur Denning and Charles Abrams are key characters to the plot but I felt both these actors where there to sell the movie.

Duhamel is decent enough in the lead role but at times his performance is inconsistent in the sense that his character lacks any urgency when the scene requires it.

Julie Stiles as Jane Clemente is strangely cast as the tough female operator but unfortunately appears too cocky at times and for some reason her performance is forced and unconvincing which was disappointing.

Malin Akerman (Emily) and Alice Eve (Charlotte) are sparingly used and it appears they are just there to set up the scene and for the stories execution and that is it. With giving these two female actresses these roles they appear weak an under utilised and without causing offence to either actress this makes the movie appear like an episode of a crime Drama or a TV Movie. Again this is not Akerman and Eve’s fault.

Byung-hun Lee plays the character of the Accountant in a supporting role which is quite intriguing when he makes an appearance, but sadly his character feels under-utilised (a trend throughout the movie) and only serves as a glorified henchman.

Director Shintaro Shimosawa’s movie may be considered choppy and dull and the case presented in the plot are familiar themes of TV Movies of the same nature that wouldn’t look out of place in the 1980’s. Although the cinematography is well done in its visuals and to be fair sets up some very dark scenes that tie in with the storyline.

“Misconduct” lacked a sympathetic main and central character which for whatever reason makes the movie appear to have a cast of supporting actors supporting each other with no main lead and this is no fault of Josh Duhamel who tries his best and carrying the intricate and far fetched plot along. Although this isn’t the worst movie I have viewed. It does lack in the majority of its key elements. Give it a watch, don’t give it a watch. I’m passed caring.