Saturday Double Feature: Rampage (2018) and…

Another Saturday means another Saturday Double Feature!

Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

Okay, I’m going to admit it up front. I’ve loved The Rock since ever since he was “just” a wrestler for the WWE. Early on he showed incredible mic skills and charisma that marked him as a future star, and that has been borne out throughout his acting career.

Unfortunately, even though I like Dwayne Johnson both as a wrestler and an actor, some of the choices he has made when it comes to films has been… well, let’s say… questionable, shall we? Still, even when the movie itself is bad, Johnson is still usually entertaining.

I really don’t have much hope for Johnson’s latest, Rampage being a particularly good movie.Based on a particularly mindless (though admittedly fun) video game, it’s obvious that this is really just an excuse to give the Rock a paycheck and highlight a lot of CGI. And, who knows, it could turn out to be a fun little waste of an afternoon.

After all, they turned the game Battleship into a movie, and we all remember what a spectacular triumph of film making that was, right?

Ummm… right?

Let’s just go to the trailer, shall we?

Okay, so let’s stick with this month’s 1968 theme to look for something to pair Rampage with, shall we?

Well of course, if you’re looking for giant critters in the late 60s, you’re obviously gonna look no further than the king of them all, Godzilla. And fortunately, it just so happens that in 1968 the big G teamed up with a whole mess of other gigantic beasties for Destroy All Monsters.

It seems that an alien race has raided monster island and released a bunch of the inhabitants to go on a mind-controlled umm… rampage… against mankind. Among the monsters are, of course, Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, Gorsaurus, and Manda. However, the humans manage to release the kaiju from the aliens control, but that just causes them to retaliate by bringing in the truly big gun, King Ghidorah. We eventually wind up with a huge battle royal between the creatures and the aliens’ secret weapon which they call the Fire Dragon.

Will mankind survive? And even if we do, what will be left of civilization?

So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Rampage? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!

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