It’s not easy to please critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Especially if you are a video game to movie adaptation. This is why it comes as a surprise that Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage is the highest rated film of this genre on RT. At least for now. Some people call the inability of these projects to please the critics a curse, and The Rock is aware of this. He, once upon a time, stared in a movie called Doom, made after a video game of the same name. The film was both financially and critically a bust.
This didn’t stop People’s Champ from making another attempt. Based on the 80s arcade game, Rampage made its theatrical debut over the weekend. It managed to gross $34 million domestically and $114 at the worldwide box office. It holds 80% freshens measured by the audience. The critics are at 50/50, with the movie currently holding 50% fresh score at Rotten Tomatoes. This usually wouldn’t count as a positive thing, but there’s a catch. Among all films based on video games, Rampage has the highest rating. We don’t want to go ahead of ourselves, but it’s breaking the curse.
This is of course, only for now. The critics will continue to review this film as it continues its theatrical release. The next-best movie in this category is Tomb Raider with 49% score. So it’s a close call for Rampage. The consensus goes as following: “Rampage isn’t as fun as its source material, but the movie’s sheer button-mashing abandon might satisfy audiences in the mood for a brainless blockbuster.”
The movie story, as you probably know, revolves round primatologist Davis Okoye trying to save the world from giant monsters. The critics are together on one thing, regardless of the size of these monsters no one can take the spotlight from Dwayne Johnson. He’s the main reason why this projects bodes well with the audience and pleases the critics to some extent.
Financially, it has already returned its budgets, and if it continues as it started, it will make enough profit to be called a success. Yes, it might fall short of Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle, but that was a mega-hit. What should rejoice, Johnson and director, Brad Peyton, is the critics rating. 50% for a video game adaptation is impressive, and we hope that it will go up before it comes down.