I was worried going in that this was going to be Neon's First Cow, but I'm relieved to say that it is instead Neon's Pig, starring Nicolas Cage!
Call me crazy, but I kind of think this is just what it needs to be. Grading on a curve because of the bad reputation. This looks incredible and it's a little more clever than I expected – both points amplified since I'm watching this on the heels of a much worse Disney effort (Wish). Clunky for sure, but I like what this says about immigrants inheriting dreams from their parents. And the romance is cute! As Pixar goes, no worse than Turning Red and much better than Lightyear.
Would've been an easy 10/10 if The Rock got hit by the Rampage gas and became huge for the third act - but wishful thinking aside, this was super fun and well put together! The friendship between Davis and George strings the movie together nicely, and Jeffery Dean Morgan is clearly having the time of his life.
Rampage is not slavishly devoted to its source material (which is obviously far too thin to support a feature film), and I think, for this reason, it's the best video game movie I can recall. The bar is inching upwards!