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The trailer for Rampage (2018) did NOT impress me

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Rampage (2018) Trailer #1

Oh boy. Here we go again. Another video game being adapted to film and it already doesn’t look good. Yup, I said video game. If you didn’t know that Rampage (2018) is adapted (very loosely) from a video game series of the same name, it’s okay, I had no idea either. *I* thought it was just an attempt to make an American kaiju movie (which I still think it is) but it’s also based off a game series that started in 1986.

The plot is as follows: The Rock plays Davis Okoye, a primatologist who gets along better with animals than other people. One of his best friends is an albino silverback gorilla named George who is very intelligent. But one day, George gets exposed to some weird kind of experiment and begins growing…and growing….and then he becomes this savage beast on top of it all.

And if that wasn’t enough, it seems there are more giant animals lurking around including the freakiest giant wolf I’ve ever seen (if those quick glances are anything to go by) and an impossibly large crocodile (that also looks pretty freaky).

If I had to take a guess, I’d say the filmmakers are hoping to launch yet another franchise, but if past attempts are anything to go by, this film is likely dead on arrival. It certainly doesn’t appeal to me, but then again I could be wrong.

What do you think of the trailer for Rampage? Yea or nay? Let me know in the comments below!

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Marco Beltrami and Marilyn Manson talk Resident Evil (2002)

Marco Beltrami & Marilyn Manson talk Resident Evil (2002)

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In 2002, the Resident Evil movie franchise launched with the first self-titled film in the series. Based on elements from the video games Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2, the movie Resident Evil follows Alice (Milla Jovovich) as she and a team must break into the Hive, a genetic research facility located underneath Raccoon City, to retrieve an anti-virus to stop a zombie plague. There’s one small complication however: the Hive is crawling with zombified employees and scientists.

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Not all of the zombies are alike either: while most are the typical flesh-eating zombie, others have mutated into “Lickers,” a more deadly creature with a monstrous appearance. On top of all this, the Red Queen A.I. that controls the facility is determined to stop them at all costs in order to protect the world above. Another complication in the story is that Alice initially wakes up in a deserted mansion with total amnesia. As the story progresses, she begins to remember bits and pieces (for example, she remembers the anti-virus was located in a specific room).

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While this film (and the lengthy series which followed) clearly attempted to capitalize off the popularity of the Resident Evil video game, it is unfortunately remembered as yet another video game-to-film adaptation that did not do its subject material justice. And yet, despite receiving consistently terrible reviews (Roger Ebert put the film on his “Most Hated” list), the franchise spawned five sequels and is currently in the process of being rebooted. For those curious, here is the complete list of Resident Evil films:

  • Resident Evil (2002)
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
  • Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

The score for this film was a collaboration between Marco Beltrami and Marilyn Manson (who knew?) and the interview regarding this film score features the two of them. Manson describes the score and overall soundtrack as being more “electronic” than previous works.

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Resident Evil doesn’t rate that high on my list of favorite films (because of the zombies), but it’s definitely worth a try if you’re into straight-out action. I hope you enjoy this interview, I think my mojo is slowly coming back! Let me know what you think of Resident Evil (both the first film and the series) in the comments below!

If you’re interested in learning more about the film scores of Marco Beltrami, see here

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