Simone Alexandra Johnson and Dany Garcia at the Los Angeles premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Rampage' held at Microsoft Theater. Directed by Brad Peyton, the film stars Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Åkerman and Joe Manganiello - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 4th April 2018
Dwayne Johnson poses with Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia as he is honoured with his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The actor, also known as 'The Rock' from his WWE wrestling days, has more than ninety film credits to his name; his next movie being the sci-fi action thriller 'Rampage' - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 13th December 2017
Dwayne Johnson tries to flex his acting muscles in this smarter-than-usual action movie, based on a true story that gets under our skin. He's never played someone as fragile as this, which is fascinating even if the film ultimately can't resist cranking up the action while turning rather preachy.
Johnson plays John, a construction company owner whose bright 18-year-old son Jason (Gavron) is caught in a drugs sting by an undercover agent (Pepper). Jason is facing 10 years in prison, and offered a way out if he can finger another drug dealer. But he doesn't know any, since he was set up himself. So John makes a deal with a federal prosecutor (Sarandon) to find a big dealer himself. He convinces reluctant ex-con employee Daniel (Bernthal) to work with him, contacting a local dealer (Williams) before going after the kingpin (Bratt). But of course things get increasingly dangerous the deeper they go.
While Johnson's acting chops aren't terribly subtle, he's such a charismatic screen presence that we are fully engaged with him from the start. The tender scenes between him and Gavron add weight to the whole story, while the tetchy connection between him and Bernthal keeps the film on a knife edge. By contrast, Sarandon and Pepper are pretty much just scene-stealing sharks using innocent people to do their dirty work.
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