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  • It marks the third movie together for Brad Peyton and Dwayne Johnson, after San Andreas (2015) and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012).
  • This will be Dwayne Johnson's 2nd video game movie, Doom (2005) was his first.
  • Reunites Jeffrey Dean Morgan with Malin Akerman after Watchmen (2009).
  • This is Brad Peyton and Breanne Hill's first collaboration since San Andreas (2015) and Frontier (2016).
  • This is Marley Shelton and Malin Akerman first collaboration since Elektra Luxx (2010).
  • Dwayne Johnson and P.J. Byrne have both appeared in seperate movies called 'Snitch'. P.J.'s movie came out in 2011 and Dwayne's movie came out in 2013. Though 'Snitch' was an alternate title for P.J.'s movie, which was released as 'Absolute Killers' in the U.S.
  • This is Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Matt Gerald's first collaboration since Solace (2015).
  • Both Joe Manganiello and Malin Akerman starred in How I Met Your Mother (2005).
  • This is Brad Peyton's first video game movie, he is directing Just Cause next.
  • Both Dwayne Johnson and Jeffrey Dean Morgan were in a Star Trek show. Johnson was The Champion in Tsunkatse (2000) and Morgan was a Xindi-Reptilian in Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).
  • Both Dwayne Johnson and P. J. Bryne starred in Hannah Montana (2006).
  • In the games, Lizzie was a human like George and Ralph used to be. She mutated into a giant lizard through experiments from Scumlabs. However, in this adaptation, Lizzie was always a normal alligator until she mutated into a large beast.
  • Both Dwayne Johnson and Joe Manganiello worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Johnson was in The Rundown (2003), which had a Schwarzenegger cameo; and Schwarzenegger and Manganiello starred in Sabotage (2014).
  • Fourth film to feature Dwayne Johnson and Matt Gerald. Both also appeared together in G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), Faster (2010), and San Andreas (2015).
  • Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Joe Manganiello are all part of the DCEU.
  • The vehicle that Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) drives in the film is a 2004 Ford Bronco concept vehicle that never went into production and was never released to the public. The Bronco is set to be produced for 2020.
  • The monsters in the 'Rampage' video-game series, on which this film is loosely based, were mutated humans (who transformed into giant animals); here, they are mutated animals. The genetic engineering simply causes them to grow in size, have an increased aggression and adopt some genetic features from other species (such as some regenerative abilities).
  • Both George, the gorilla, and Ralph (the wolf) share their names with their video-game counter-part. The crocodile, who is called Lizzie in the game series, never has its name mentioned.
  • The mutated rat, seen towards the beginning of the film, is likely meant to be Larry from the Atari Lynx version of Rampage (1986). The character was a special inclusion who only appeared in this version of the game.
  • George the gorilla, here presented as an Albino, has never had white fur in any of the video-game incarnations of the character, always being presented with brown fur instead. Interestingly, Ralph the wolf has been presented with white fur in some of his video-game iterations.
  • The sign language sign Davis uses for himself (down-facing fist on top of other down-facing fist) is actually the sign for rock.
  • The military considers using a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB, commonly known as "Mother of All Bombs"), the largest non-nuclear bomb in the US arsenal. The only officially acknowledged operational use of a MOAB took place on April 13th, 2017 against a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan.
  • An original cabinet of the Rampage arcade game can be seen in Claire Wyden's office.
  • 3 main actors in this movie have appeared/will appear in DC Extended Universe movies - Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Thomas Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke in Justice League (2017) and Dwayne Johnson is set to star as Black Adam. Also, actress Malin Akerman have previously starred as DC Comics character Silk Spectre in Watchmen (2009).
  • When Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) signs his name to George the sign he uses is ROCK. This is most likely an nod to to Dwayne Johnson's wrestling persona "The Rock".
  • In some of the Rampage games, the fighter jets sent to attack the monsters are A-10 Warthogs, which show up in the movie as well.
  • The B-2 Stealth Bomber was made by Northrop Grumman. The plane referred to as Warthog is the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II which is a single-seat, twin turbofan engine, straight wing jet aircraft.
  • Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) drives a 2004 Ford Bronco concept vehicle to promote the production Bronco expected for the 2020 model year, although the production model will look slightly different from the 2004 concept vehicle, and it may be produced only as a 5-door rather than a 3-door as shown in the film (3-door production was not officially confirmed by Ford as of April 2018).
  • All U.S. armed services, except for the Coast Guard, participated in the attacks on the monsters. The Air Force bomber is escorted by a pair of Navy F/A-18 fighters, which is unusual and seems superfluous over the continental United States, but may have been done to give the Navy some nominal involvement.
  • At one point of the film, in the background, you can see George pull a person out of a building and eat them. This was an option in the video game to gain health for your character.
  • Despite sitting at only 51% on Rotten Tomatoes, Rampage (2018) actually stands as the best reviewed movie based on a video game of all time.
  • Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) signs to George to calm the gorilla down, signing "It's me." The sign he makes is for "rock," a reference to Dwayne Johnson's nickname "The Rock."
  • Part of the cast are involved with the DC Extended Universe movies: -Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Thomas Wayne (uncredited) in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). -Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke in Justice League (2017). -Dwayne Johnson as Teth-Adam/Black Adam in Black Adam.
  • At one point Dr. Caldwell asks Harvey Russel which government agency he is in and sarcastically offers "Justice League." Three actors in this movie have a role in the DC universe. Jeffery Dean Morgan as Thomas Wayne in Batman Vs. Superman, Dwayne Johnson as the title character in Black Adam, and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke in Justice League.
  • This movie contains several similarities with Kong: Skull Island. Both feature giant animals, both feature a giant gorilla fighting giant reptiles, and both have multiple actors from comic movie universes (Kong has 6 actors from the Marvel universe, Rampage has 3 from the DC universe)
  • In the animated ending credit sequence, Joe Manganiello gets billed over Jeffrey Dean Morgan, despite Morgan having more screen time.
  • The game has started from 1986 till 2006
  • Harvey Russell says to Davis Okoye that he is not a "people person." As "The Rock," Dwayne Johnson is known as the people's champion in WWE.
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan's character (Agent Harvey Russell) uses a nickel plated M1911A1 Colt with ivory handles, the same ones used by his character from the television show Supernatural.
  • George was originally intended to be a regular gorilla until the filmmakers and creature designers made the decision to make him an albino gorilla due to the fact that it would allow the damage done to him to be more visible and to make him stand out and not just another "King Kong rip off".
  • George is the only animal to be played by an actor, Jason Liles. Ralph and Lizzie were created entirely through key frame animation.
  • At the end of April 2018, Uwe Boll demanded Warner Bros. to change the then upcoming film's title, otherwise he would sue the studio. The director, who produced and directed an unrelated "Rampage" trilogy starting with Rampage (2009), claimed that the studio would "shrink" his brand and revenues he could use for his future installments of his own "Rampage" franchise.
  • Though unacknowledged, the three monsters all bear striking similarities to Toho kaiju, and the movie can be viewed as an homage to those films. George is the most obvious, being inspired by King Kong (not an exclusively Toho kaiju, but did star in 2 Toho films, King Kong vs Godzilla and King Kong Escapes), the crocodile being inspired by Anguirus and the wolf being inspired by Varan. Although these monsters did appear in the video game, their attributes were changed enough to make the homage more easily identifiable. The croc monster sports the same bulky armored exterior as Anguirus and the wolf monster has the exact same flying membranes as Varan, in addition to similar physical appearance. As a side note, these two monsters (Anguirus and Varan) were director Shusuke Kaneko's first choice to fight Godzilla in his 2001 film GMK: Giant Monsters All Out Attack, but he was over ruled by the studio because they felt the monsters didn't have enough name value to draw audiences into the theater, and were replaced by Mothra and King Ghidorah. He was allowed to keep Baragon, his third choice.
  • At around minute 31, when the crew is looking in the forest for that wolf and the CEO of the biotech company takes the headset from the desk, you can see the statue of a robed man holding an orb in his left hand worshiping a great winged and horned creature that holds a scepter in its left arm above the worshiper.
  • While filming in Chicago, the Sears tower was shut down for 14 days. Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson paid everyone's salary for the work days missed.
  • Alexandra Daddario had a cameo which was cut. However it was included in the deleted scenes on the Bluray.
  • The MOAB (Multiple Ordinance-Air Burst) weighing 9,800 kg (21,600 lbs) is only designed to be carried by the C-130 Hercules and larger aircraft. It cannot be carried by a B-2 Spirit as shown in the film.
  • This is the second video game based movie that Dwayne Johnson has appeared in. The first one was "DOOM" released in 2005.
  • In an alternate scene, Alexandra Daddario plays a small roll of a female scuba diving partner where another giant squid-like monster is featured. The entire sequence was deleted and never made it to the original theatrical version.
  • The visual effects were primarily provided by Weta Digital. Effects supervisor Erik Winquist and a small crew travelled to Chicago to create a model of the Chicago Loop that would be destroyed in the climactic battle, learning the building materials and architecture styles. Up to 15,000 photographs were taken with 3D scanners, while motion cameras covered downtown Chicago. As reference for the building destruction, the artists studied both the World Trade Center attacks and implosions of buildings affected by the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake in Weta's hometown of Wellington. One of the more challenging aspects for Weta was figuring out how the weight and mass of the monsters would affect the city environment and destruction. Given Weta had plenty of experience creating animated apes in King Kong and Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its sequels Dawn and War, it helped the studio create George "in a much shorter time than it may have 10 years ago," according to Winquist. Motion capture coach Terry Notary even took a break from Avengers: Infinity War, which was also filmed in Atlanta, to help Jason Liles in his performance as George. On the other hand, the lack of motion capture for Ralph and Lizzie let the animators go loose with how these monsters were portrayed, such as "a wolf that has porcupine spines and wings". Other VFX companies like Hydraulx, Scanline VFX and UPP contributed to the film
  • In the original game, the military could defeat the monsters, albeit with a lot of shots usually from jets and giant robots, with the infantry and lighter vehicles being little more than an extra thing to smash. In this movie, nothing the military does can do the monsters lasting damage thanks to their durability combined with regeneration. Lizzie is the most dangerous and biggest of the three monsters while they were all roughly equal in strength in the games. In addition, Lizzie can get her health damaged by bombs in the games, as while in the movie nothing Davis throws at Lizzie works to take her down.
  • George is bipedal in the games, but knuckle-walks like a regular gorilla. Ralph is a giant werewolf in the games, so naturally he stomps around on his hind legs like a human. Since he's a mutated wolf in this film, he's on all fours. Lizzie is quadrupedal as a regular crocodile, while in the games, she walked on hind legs. This change might have been made to ensure Lizzie doesn't parody Godzilla as much as the games did.
  • As the film begins, Davis works to convince George to welcome Pavo, another gorilla, into his troop. At the end of the film, George gets Davis to admit that Kate is his friend, one of his troop.
  • We see only a glimpse of Ralph flying during Burke's hunt for him before this ability is fully revealed. At first glance, it would appear as if Ralph was simply in a weird pose as he leapt.
  • Fans of the original arcade and video game are tipped off to what will happen to Claire when she wears the red dress.
  • [CRISPR] is the gene editing tech that made Project Rampage possible. The acronym is not stated in the film.note [OGA] on the other hand, as observed by Davis, stands for "Other Government Agency" a way to avoid identifying themselves and to use and abuse their authority because no one knows to whom they answer.
  • Ralph is a wolf with bat ears, porcupine quills and flying squirrel membranes, while Lizzie is a crocodile with boar tusks, fish gills and gecko toes, as well as pangolin-like armor and a spiked tail club. George is the odd one out, as he's basically just an albino King Kong. Technically speaking though, due to the genetic editing, this trope applies to all three, since they're also imbued with the indeterminate growth of a great white shark, the growth rate of a blue whale, the strength of a rhinoceros beetle, the speed of a cheetah, the tissue regeneration of an African spiny mouse
  • Ralph's gliding ability closely recalls Varan, the Unbelievable. Lizzie resembles Godzilla's old colleague Anguirus in several scenes and Godzilla's botanical foe Biollante.
  • Possibly unintentionally but George, a giant ape, Flipping the Bird resembles the titular monster from A*P*E, a King Kong knock off, infamously doing the same.
  • Kong: Skull Island A shot in the finale where George leaps up behind Lizzie and whacks her head with a chunk of rubble is very similar to a scene in the film where Kong dunks a boulder on the Alpha Skullcrawler's face. Lizzie also has teeth in her throat, much like the Skullcrawlers in that film. Russell sees a lot of holes in Okoye's records and calls him an "international man of mystery".
  • The monsters collectively succeed in toppling down 1 large skyscraper in the trailers, much like they would in the videogames. It was only because this was the Energyne building that was transmitting the radio signal that brought them all there in the first place, after they get up from the debris they immediately turn on each other.
  • The monsters turning on each other is a gameplay factor in all the Rampage games - you can either team up, or just kick the shit out of the next player.
  • Energyne is essentially SCUMM Labs in all but name - bizarre genetic experiments whose leakage results in rampaging monsters, CEOs who are either black holes of evil or idiotic manchildren, and being the target of the monster's wrath.
  • Ralph's ability to glide with flying squirrel-like wings might be a reference to how the monsters in the games were capable of gliding by flapping their arms.
  • This film, along with The Meg (2018) are rumored to be films in the MonsterVerse.
  • The Movie is based on the Video Game Rampage (published by Bally Midway), where the players take control of gigantic monsters trying to survive against onslaughts of military forces. The game's protagonists - and playable characters - are George, a King Kong-like gigantic gorilla transformed by an experimental vitamin, Lizzie , a Godzilla-like dinosaur/lizard transformed by a radioactive lake, and Ralph, a giant werewolf, transformed by a food additive.

Spoilers

  • Though George the gorilla and Ralph the wolf are referred to by the names they have in the original game at one point or another, the giant crocodile, Lizzie in the game, is never referred to as such
  • Blink and you'll miss it .. in the Wydens high rise office is an original Rampage machine
  • In the beginning of the movie when Dr. Atkins is collecting the samples she only takes 3 of the canisters of which it appears there are 5 left in the cabinet when the rodent creature chases her. Later in the movie Claire Wyden points out that the 3 canisters she took survived re-entry because they were designed to do so. Leaving the possibility that those other 5 canisters could still manage to hit Earth.
  • George eats Claire Wyden, who is wearing a red dress. In the games you could eat women wearing red dresses for points and health.
  • It's funny that the B2 bomber that's sent to drop the MOAB is named "Spirit of Illinois" (as shown on the landing gear covers), since that's the state that most of Chicago is in, and the one they're going to bomb. (The SE part of Chicago is in Indiana, but that's mostly residential sprawl.)
  • Lizzie has tusks similar to a warthog. Later in the movie, she is attacked by, then destroys, an A-10, also known as a Warthog.
  • This is the second film in which Marley Sheltons character is killed off in the opening sequence, the other film being Sin City (2005)
  • The antidote, nicknamed the "chill pill," works on several levels: It cures subjects afflicted with the mutagen of the heightened aggression side-effect, meaning it's a drug that literally calms them down. It's stored in a vat of liquid nitrogen, so it's literally chilled. It's administered orally, like an actual pill as Claire would later discover.
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