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The Flash - Null and Annoyed

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 09:00 AM PDT

Without a reason for the change, Ralph (Devon Graye) backpedals into the and even more jokey and less reliable friend first introduced this season as he and Barry (Grant Gustin) search for another of the bus meta-humans. Of course, Barry falling back into jerk mode doesn't help the situation any. Giving herself the name Null (Bethany Brown), the new meta has the ability to alter gravitational forces on people and things making them temporarily weightless (before plummeting back to Earth with a big bang). "Null and Annoyed" is pretty forgettable, as it feels like the show is treading water leading up the the inevitable confrontation with DeVoe.

The episode has multiple subplots inculcating Marlize (Kim Engelbrecht) making a discovery that the person who used to be Clifford DeVoe has been controlling her by altering her emotions with one of his new stolen powers and the return of Breacher (Danny Trejo) who enlists the help of Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) when his vibe powers go on the fritz. Neither subplot has a happy ending when the characters discover the truth about what is happening to them. And, in a nod to his own films, Kevin Smith (who also directed the episode) has a cameo along with Jason Mewes as museum security guards who Null steals from early in the episode.

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Posted: 12 Apr 2018 06:00 AM PDT


Posted: 11 Apr 2018 02:14 PM PDT

Rampage is big dumb fun, but it's a little light on the fun. Based on a simplistic 32 year-old arcade game and its various sequels concerning giant monsters toppling buildings, the film centers on Dwayne "It's Okay to Call Me The Rock Again" Johnson and his ape friend George who is one of a small group of creatures enlarged and driven violent by gas from a secret orbital laboratory run by a pair of douchey CEOs (Malin Akerman and Jake Lacy, neither of whom appear competent enough to run a taco stand let alone a multi-billion dollar company). There's also a scientist (Naomie Harris) and a government agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who figure into the long and drawn-out set-up before the film finally offers us monsters destroying a city.

Director Brad Peyton's largest asset is The Rock who makes the film watchable, if not always enjoyable. The best scenes are between The Rock and his ape pal George (even if the humor is pretty lowbrow). As for the rest of the film, it's comparable enough to any throwaway monster flick from the 1950s with plenty of plotholes and monsters that are somewhat interesting but aren't necessarily all that scary.

Rampage is exactly what I expected from a feature adaptation of arcade game more than three decades old. There was little to the game other than the fun of digital carnage and the movie condenses this into about 20 minutes of solid action inflating the rest of the extended story with poorly-cast villains, a convoluted plot to create our super-sized creatures, and tie-ins for characters seemingly only in the movie to help boost its star power and flesh out character interactions not necessary to the primary plot. Still, the movie has The Rock and some big dumb monsters that trash a city. If keep your expectations in check, you may find it mildly diverting for an hour and a half or so.