Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is going to be at your local movieplex again this weekend when he stars in Rampage, a film based on the 1986 Midway game. It's close to being the best reviewed video game movie of all time, something Johnson seems pleased by after starring in another video game movie, Doom. Something he jokes about to the official Doom Twitter account's heartbreak.
RottenTomatoes first tweeted that if the RT score for Rampage held at 53 percent, then Rampage would be the highest rated video game movie of all time. Not a high bar unfortunately for video game films.
Johnson took this opportunity to thank his fans and to say that as someone who starred in a critically panned movie adaptation of the Doom series, this might be the end of the video game movie curse. Unfortunately, the official Doom twitter account was there to witness one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood dunk on the film. Right in front of them.
Johnson starred in a Doom film back in 2005 at the beginning of his movie career. The movie, which also starred Karl Urban, has a 19 percent on RottenTomatoes and was dismissed by critics for being pretty generic. Although one USgamer writer said Doom is actually the best video game movie.
With Rampage currently at a 50 percent RT score, it is one point above this year's Tomb Raider reboot which ended its critical run at a 49 percent. A pretty okay showing that alas did not herald the first good video game movie. However, Rampage looks fun as hell so maybe the critics aren't the most important audience for this one.
Rampage is based on the classic Midway series back from the 80s where giant monsters would fight each other while destroying a city. It was a fun arcade game that people in Hollywood decided, "Yeah, why not?" So now it's a movie.