Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Monster Movie's Big Heart; Everything Is Super-Sized in Rampage, Including the Action

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Monster Movie's Big Heart; Everything Is Super-Sized in Rampage, Including the Action

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VIDEO game adaptations have had mixed success on the big screen.

Action and comedy heavyweight Dwayne Johnson is throwing his star power behind the latest one: Rampage.

The sci-fi film -- about a rogue experiment which turns three animals into giant, raging creatures -- is loosely based on the video game series of the same name by Midway Games.

Johnson plays a primatologist who must team up with a genetic engineer to secure an antidote for albino gorilla George, who has been in his care since birth.

Q: How does "big meets bigger" define this movie?

A: Rampage is a big movie -- big in scale, big in action and big in heart. It's epic in every way. We have not just a gigantic, amazing albino gorilla, we have a super-sized mutated grey wolf and a massive crocodile. We destroy a major city. So, what fans can count on is big, intense action that really pushes the envelope and creates a non-stop ride of fun and chaos.

Q: You've done big action films before, but your co-star Naomie Harris is less experienced in this realm. Did you give her any advice?

A: Naomie has serious dramatic chops, as we all saw with her performance in Moonlight. But she's also a badass who has guts. This was her first big action film with scenes of epic calamity and destruction, and she put a lot of trust in me when we filmed those scenes. It was incredibly impressive how she stepped on to the set and said, "I am throwing caution to the wind, bringing my experience to this film, even though I have never been in a helicopter that has crashed or been chased by enormous mutated animals. I'm just going to go for it." And she went for it.

Q: What was it like working opposite performance capture artist Jason Liles, who portrays George, an albino gorilla and best friend to your character Davis?

A: I've seen performance capture in films and incredible work from people like Andy Serkis. But to actually experience it with Jason in Rampage was invaluable. …

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