End Credits: Rampage

Plus: Truth or Dare

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Videogame movies are like the junk food of the film world – I know they’re bad for me but I still like them. I think it’s my love of the games that makes me approach movies based on them with wide eyed naivety rather than the usual cynicism. As it turned out the recent Tomb Raider film was OK, but the game is still far better. Thus, take my preview of Rampage with a pinch of salt.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in a movie based on the 1980s arcade game where you control a giant ape, wolf or lizard destroying a city. Davis Okoye (Johnson), a primatologist, discovers his friend, an albino gorilla he rescued from poachers, has been infected with a mysterious chemical that is mutating him into a huge monster. Cue shady government experiments, other monsters and destruction. Rampage takes liberties with what was a rather simple but addictive game where you play the monster, but it plays on the ridiculousness of the premise to keep it fun.

Also based on a game, albeit not a video game, Truth Or Dare takes the drunken teenage party game and predictably turns it into a horror, one part The Ring, one part Final Destination. A group of friends playing the game becomes cursed, later being offed one by one if they refuse a dare or tell a lie.

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