Chicago sure makes a gorgeous backdrop for sci-fi fare (Divergent
, Jupiter Ascending
) and big action spectacles from Hollywood (The Dark Knight
, Transformers: Dark of the Moon
), so it's no wonder that (arguably) the current biggest movie star in the world Dwayne Johnson
has set his next sure-to-be blockbuster in the Windy City as well. Johnson's latest special effects extravaganza Rampage
is based on the 1986 arcade game of the same name from Bally Midway
. The game itself has gone through revamps over the years, appearing on platforms such as Atari and Sega Master System.
As I watched the first trailer for this live action adaptation, I marveled at how striking my beloved home city looked in several shots, but then I began to have a stasis of image association in my head. The flat 2D look of the original "Rampage" game struggled to surface in my conscience. So I did what I do best and I worked with the moving images in my latest video essay and rendered this new film (slated for a 2018 release) as that Bally Midway holy grail.
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