Remember the day when you saw a trailer and it seemed that Will Smith was starring in it. Action, Drama, Comedy, you name it he was in it. Then, you blink and all of a sudden every movie is starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. To quote a friend of mine, “Every time you go see a movie starring The Rock, there’s a preview for another movie starring The Rock.”
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I gotta say, that is exactly what happened to me over the past weekend when I went to go see the latest video game to film adaptation, Rampage, in theatres. While watching the trailers to this film, I witnessed another film starring The Rock called Skyscraper. I have mixed feelings about that one but it has Neve Campbell on the big screen again so take my money. We are not talking about Skyscraper, we are talking about Rampage, the latest action adventure popcorn movie loosely based on the video game about oversized animals demolishing a city in its path while trying to destroy each other. To bring it to the big screen, you need to have some humans involved to develop a story and The Rock stars as primatologist Davis, whose best friend is a rare albino gorilla named George who is infected with a toxin that causes him and two other animals into giant aggressive killing machines. With the help of a Geneticist Kate (Naomie Harris) they hope to find a cure and stop these animals from wreaking havoc.
So, if you were like me and heard about the idea of Jumanji becoming a reboot, remake, sequel, whatever they were calling it back then, you were skeptical. Also, a little worried that they would try and update it and modernize it to appeal to the next generation and this is just one of those gems that can’t be updated with today’s audience. I guess I have to put my foot in my mouth because I was completely wrong and I thoroughly enjoyed this updated sequel to the 1996 version titled Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
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The Rock a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson took center stage leading a whole new cast into the world of Jumanji. This time instead of the jungle coming into our world, the movie took you inside of the game to the jungle where Alan Parrish spent 26 years in. Along for the ride are Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas who play avatars in a video game version of the legendary board game. 4 teenagers who fit the clear tropes of any high school movie are sent to detention for their own growing pains getting in the way of school. In detention they come across the video game, choose their avatars and once they hit start they are whisked away into the game. Once there, they must work together and complete the mission of the game in order to return home.
Still on a high from the smart and clever 21 Jump Street & 22 Jump Street. The trailer to Seth Gordon’s Baywatch gave the impression that the duo of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zach Efron would bring the same chemistry and hilarity as Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill brought to the screen. Sadly, that same magic on adapting the beloved over the top series Baywatch TV Series fell short of becoming a possible franchise. I really wanted this movie to work.