Rampage is a 2018 American science fiction monster film directed by Brad Peyton, and loosely based on the video game series of the same name by Midway Games. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Åkerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It follows a primatologist named Davis Okoye who must team up with George, an albino gorilla who turns into a raging creature of enormous size as a result of a rogue experiment, to stop two other mutated animals from destroying Chicago. It is the third collaboration between Peyton and Johnson, following Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) and San Andreas (2015).

Energyne is the company that is conducting these experiments of gene manipulations in Athena-1, a space station they own. Things go wrong and all their crew is killed by – I think it was a large rat. One astronaut/scientist escapes but her pod is damaged and she is killed. The falling pieces leave a trail of debris across the United States, including the¬†Everglades¬†in¬†Florida, where a canister is consumed by an¬†American crocodile, and a forest in¬†Wyoming, where a¬†gray wolf¬†is exposed to the pathogen. One of the canisters crash-lands in George’s habitat; George is a rare¬†albino¬†gorilla¬†named George who knows sign language and has a dirty mind. Primatologist¬†Davis Okoye, a former¬†US Army Special Forces¬†soldier and member of an anti-poaching unit, works at the San Diego Wildlife Sanctuary.

With the help of Dr. Kate Caldwell, a genetic engineer, who worked on the pathogen for Energyne to rewrite genes on a massive scale and eventually use it to cure diseases and was fired when she discovered Energyne’s plans to use it as a biological weapon and sell it, Davis must help his gorilla and save the US from the attack of the two large animals. Energyne uses a massive transmitter atop the¬†Willis Tower¬†to lure all three of the animals‚ÄĒwho have been engineered to respond aggressively to a certain radio frequency‚ÄĒto¬†Chicago. We get crashes, animals attacking, big fights, chases scenes, buildings destroyed and finally George is cured and helps Davis to defeat both the other animals.

It’s got a few laughs, mostly courtesy George and his indecent signings. The special effects of the CGI animals isn’t really very good. It’s a one time watch on a rainy weekend afternoon that will moderately entertain you, but will not tax your brain, as you sip back and drink your beverage and munch on a snack. 6.5 outta 10!

42 x 365

So another year comes to a close for me. In two days I turn 42 years old! And I specify the old part. I hear clicks in my knee and getting up after a late night is harder. Sleeping in on weekends seem even more rewarding and pleasing than going out on for some fun. The greys are showing up more especially when I grow my hair out.

I hadn’t cut my hair in a while and though I have a big bald spot on the top of my head, my hair did grow out a lot. When the barber was cutting my hair, I was looking at all the greys that lies in the hair that was cut off and laying on the sheet that was covering me or on the ground. Now that my hair is cut short, the grey isn’t evident and you can only see a tiny bit on the sideburns.

But yeah, I am kinda bummed about getting older. 50 is the line drawn across the sand beyond which I have to say “That’s it, I’m old!”. Until then I am nearly there. And it doesn’t help that young girls at the office, between 22-25 years old, call me daddy as a joke. I don’t want to be a “daddy” to you –¬† maybe a “sugar daddy”!