Rampage | 2018 | PG-13 | - 1.6.5
An anti-poaching primatologist (Dwayne Johnson) has few human connections but has a special bond with an intelligent silverback gorilla he rescued as a baby. When exposed to a gas from a genetic-editing experiment gone wrong, the friendly ape becomes a giant raging monster, while other giant, odd creatures emerge and rampage across cities and a geneticist (Naomie Harris) helps the primatologist look for an antidote. Also with Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Jake Lacy, Marley Shelton and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Directed by Brad Payton. Apes and a man communicate using American Sign Language while the man provides English translations. [1:47]
- A gorilla makes a sexually suggestive hand gesture, mimicking sexual intercourse, twice while teasing a man about having a relationship with a woman; the man reprimands the animal and the woman walks away, embarrassed. A man says that all the women love another man because of his bald head. A woman invites a man to go out but he declines.
► A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage along with a bare leg to the top of the thigh through a slit from the hem. A woman reveals cleavage when wearing a T-shirt and bare shoulders through another shirt with cut outs at the shoulders. A woman wears short-sorts that bare her legs to the top of the thighs. A woman gets out of bed wearing a long T-shirt and we see a glimpse of underwear.
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- Six mercenaries with rifles search for a creature in a forest, when a group of several large elk run through the scene and startle the men, who they come upon a pack of wolves lying dead on the ground (we see no blood); a 30-foot wolf is not harmed by their fired bullets and outruns the men, smashing their helicopter with loud crunching noises and the wolf runs through trampling two men to death, grabbing a third, and knocking two others out of the frame; the wolf swallows one man and we see the bodies of two men with blood on their legs and arms, and the last man looks into the camera as the wolf's long, sharp teeth and drool appear in the frame beside the man's head and he is grabbed away, screaming (some blood flies, implying the man is dead and likely eaten and we see a close-up of a rifle on the ground dripping with blood).
► A woman shoots a man in the stomach and he falls with a large spot of blood on his shirt (we see him later standing on a high-rise roof) and a giant gorilla knocks people down, and then he swallows a woman as the man who was shot and another woman get into a helicopter; the helicopter spins and slides to the ground among falling debris and we see that the people are unhurt.
► An astronaut removes six large canisters of genetic research materials from a drifting space station with lights flashing and sirens blaring; a giant spiny rat chases her and pounds on the escape hatch window with paws and tentacles, cracking it (we cannot see its face) as the escape pod launches and we see the space station explode into fireballs that fill the screen and soon after we see the cracked pod hatch window break apart and the pod explodes into chunks of flaming debris (the astronaut is certainly dead although we do not see her after the explosion).
► A giant gorilla falls into a wall and a long metal spike impales him from his back through his right chest. A man fires a mortar behind a giant crocodile's ear and we see some blood as a gorilla pulls a long spike from his chest, stabs it into the crocodile's head, and stirs it around to kill it (we do not see blood, but see the crocodile fall dead) and the gorilla stumbles away and lies down against a wall (we see bloody patches covering his back, chest and abdomen) until a man speaks to the gorilla, who smiles, sighs, and appears to pass on or out (he is OK Later). Four foot-long canisters fall out of the sky and crash-land in four locations: A silverback gorilla approaches a canister that sprays gas on him, he rushes away and is found with a dead bear with blood across its shoulders (we hear he snapped its neck and we see bloody slashes on his chest in the formation of a bear claw).
► A giant caged gorilla is placed into a military cargo plane, accompanied by a man and a woman in handcuffs who argue with soldiers and an agent; the gorilla growls, snarls, and roars, showing large sharp teeth until he breaks apart the cage and several soldiers and government agents fire rifles and handguns to no avail as the animal roars and throws pieces of metal, striking some of the men, tosses several men against the bulkheads of the plane, and stands on the chest of an unconscious agent, who wakes up and shouts; a sliding military vehicle in the cargo hold pins the gorilla to a wall, the man and the woman in handcuffs break free and don parachutes, placing one on the agent and after the plane crashes in smoke and flames we see few bloody footprints of the gorilla leading away from the crash site (we do not see the bodies of the other passengers) and the agent has a cut on his forehead and the other man has lots of blood on the back of head and his T-shirt while the woman's face is scraped on one cheek and one side of her forehead. A man fights with two soldiers, hitting one and puts another in a chokehold as he tells him that it will cause him to urinate (it does not but he is rendered unconscious).
► A computer screen indicating night-vision shows soldiers hunting a giant wolf until we hear screams and the screen goes to static. A car sails into the frame and sticks into the glass wall of a high-rise building with a loud crash and broken glass as two large pillars of smoke rise from the city in a long shot and a giant wolf howls into the sky.
► A gorilla grows quickly to about 20 feet, roaring into the camera and beating his chest until sanctuary staff place him in a cage; he becomes angry and breaks out, smashing walls, doors, windows and equipment, jumps over a building and into the street, smashing an SUV with his fists, and a man points a tranquilizer rifle but does not shoot; police cars cut the animal off as a helicopter with armed men flies by and they shoot the gorilla with large tranquilizer darts (the gorilla collapses, unconscious). A gorilla at a wildlife sanctuary growls and snaps his teeth at a man, two female gorillas and a baby gorilla until a larger gorilla snarls and roars, beating his chest and knocks the first gorilla and a man down (no one is harmed). In an extended sequence a 30-foot long wolf and a huge gorilla begin destroying a major city as people evacuate by bus and on foot; the animals toss several vehicles off the road, into walls, and demolish a bus and several skyscrapers as we hear crashing metal (no one is in any of the smashed cars or the bus); the wolf jumps into the air and bites a helicopter in half as men and women run through the streets, screaming and the wolf extends flying-squirrel type wings and slides from a building to the ground. Glass high rise walls break and shatter as building crash loudly into debris and shattered glass shards.
► A space station drifts and as the camera cuts to the dimly lit interior, we see small fires and broken equipment floating as well as a close-up of a man's bloody face and forearm and an astronaut says through a headpiece, "The crew is dead." A man with many scars on his face laughs about a gorilla after being sedated and says they should have brought a 50-caliber elephant rifle. A man and a woman try to help a gorilla after he is sedated and they are arrested and taken away. A man kicks in a door. A woman breaks the glass on a lab door and it cracks and falls out in pieces with moderate noise. A woman and her brother argue about selling genetic material as a weapon to the highest bidder. We hear that poachers cut the hands off a dead female gorilla as her young son watched and that a man shot and killed the poachers.
► A man and a woman steal a Medevac helicopter and fly to stop creatures from destroying a city: they see a giant wolf jump into the air and bite three helicopters in half while the wolf and a giant gorilla destroy buildings and vehicles into rubble and smoke; something swims fast under the surface of a river, it rises high in the water to reveal a prehistoric spiny crocodile with an armored tail and a spiked ball at its end, many huge teeth that include side tusks, and wings behind its ears; it upsets a large touring craft full of people who fall into the water, screaming, and it roars at the sky before joining the other two creatures in destroying buildings. A giant crocodile bites a helicopter in half and smashes a crevasse into a street pavement. A giant wolf and a larger spiny crocodile fight among fallen buildings and debris in city streets, biting each other; the reptile throws the wolf into walls several times, without injury. A gorilla punches a long missile shaped beacon and bends it. A man fires a mortar at a giant wolf that is not harmed. A giant wolf and a giant crocodile roar and fight. A giant gorilla smashes an SUV over a giant crocodile's head. A giant croc fights with a giant gorilla and kills a giant wolf with a savage bite as we see some blood. A man breaks apart a model of a space station by beating it with a club.
► A USAF stealth bomber equipped with the nation's largest bomb is deployed to stop giant creatures attacking a city (the plane is eventually called off). A woman goes to the top of a high rise building and opens a signal beacon that sends a signal to genetically modified giant creatures to come to a city where she has a missile loaded with DNA weaponry.
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- About 1 not fully enunciated F-word derivative, 4 obscene hand gestures, 16 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 23 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, insane, bastards, weird, weirdo, brother, ugly, big fella), 3 religious profanities (GD), 12 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, My God, Holy [scatological term deleted], Thank God, Jesus).
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- Sedative darts are shot into a large gorilla to put him to sleep, a gorilla has an IV in one arm (we cannot see where the line comes from), and a gorilla swallows an opaque metal and plastic vial of a "chill pill" that relieves his aggression. A man says, "I need a drink."
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- Genetic engineering, genetic treatments for cancer, weaponized DNA, bombs, military ethics, animal experiments, designer animals, animal rights, poaching, corporate abuse of employees, communication, sign language, lies, honesty, relationships, friendship, understanding, sympathy, respect, love, family.
- Genetic engineering can be dangerous when used as weaponry.
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