Dwayne Johnson in Rampage

Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage emerged as the victor this weekend at the box office, narrowly topping A Quiet Place. The film is the latest in a long line of video game adaptations, a genre Hollywood has historically struggled with. Johnson himself is no stranger to the infamous video game curse, having headlined the critically-panned commercial flop Doom back in 2005. The Rock, who is one of this generation’s most bankable stars, went on record to say the lessons from Doom would make Rampage a stronger movie, and he seems to have been right.

In terms of critical reception, Rampage didn’t exactly score high marks, with many brushing it off as silly, mindless fun before the summer ...

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