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Genres: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Language: English | Spanish
Runtime: 1h 47min
Director: Brad Peyton
Writers: Ryan Engle (screenplay by), Carlton Cuse (screenplay by)
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Taglines: Big Meets Bigger
Storyline: Primatologist Davis (Dwayne Johnson) shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent silverback gorilla who has been in his care since he was young. When a greed-fueled corporation’s genetic experiment goes awry, George and other animals across the country mutated into aggressive supercreatures who destroy everything in their path. In this adrenaline-filled ride, Davis tries to find an antidote, not only to halt a global catastrophe but also to save the fearsome creature who was once his friend.
Athena-1, a research space station owned by gene manipulation company Energyne, destroyed after Larry, a laboratory rat, mutates and wreaks havoc. Dr. Kerry Atkins, the lone surviving crew member, ordered by CEO Claire Wyden to retrieve research canisters containing a pathogen. Atkins is able to flee in the escape pod when the station implodes, but it disintegrates upon re-entry, killing her. The falling pieces leave a trail of debris across the United States, including the Everglades, where a canister consumed by an American crocodile, and a forest in Wyoming, where a gray wolf exposed to the pathogen.
Primatologist Davis Okoye, a former US Army Special Forces soldier and member of an anti-poaching unit, works at a San Diego wildlife preserve. He befriends a rare albino gorilla named George, whom he saved from poachers. At night, one of the canisters crash-lands in George’s habitat and George is also exposed to the pathogen.
George grows considerably larger and more aggressive over time. Davis contacted by Dr. Kate Caldwell, a genetic engineer, who explains that the pathogen developed by Energyne to rewrite genes on a massive scale. She had hoped to advance CRISPR research as a potential cure for disease but discovered that Energyne planned to use it as a biological weapon. The company fired her and got her sent to prison for attempting to expose them. George escapes from captivity and goes on a rampage at the preserve. Davis calms him down, but George is captured by a government team led by Agent Harvey Russell and put on an airplane. Meanwhile, Claire and her brother, Brett, send a squad of mercenaries to capture the mutated wolf, Ralph, but they are all killed.
Claire, hoping to capture Ralph and use George to kill Kate so they can cover up their plans, uses a massive transmitter atop the Willis Tower to lure the animals – who have been engineered to respond aggressively to a certain sound frequency – to Chicago. George reacts violently to the sound and causes the plane to crash, though Davis, Kate, and Russell parachute to safety. George, who also survives the crash, joins Ralph as they make their way to Chicago. Davis and Kate convince Russell to help them steal a military helicopter, so they can get ahead of George.
With George returned to his normal personality, Davis stays in the city to help him defeat the other two animals, while Kate rushes to prevent the military from deploying a MOAB to kill the creatures. George and Davis trick Ralph into flying into Lizzie’s jaws, which decapitates him, but George is overpowered by Lizzie and heavily wounded. As Lizzie nearly kills Davis, George pierces Lizzie’s eye with rebar, killing her. With the threat neutralized, the airstrike is aborted, and George helps in clearing the city of debris.