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The script, directed by Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), never escapes the time-honored formula – the unheeded warnings, the shortsighted builder (Ioan Gruffudd), the disaster-imposed love interest (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) thrown together with the college coed. And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.
Dwayne “The Rock” “Herculean Naked Mole Rat” Johnson plays prototypically gruff fire-rescue chief Ray Gaines, just your average American guy a little down on his luck.
The film is a visual spectacle on a scale unlike anything I have seen on the big screen in quite some time.
Paul Giamatti, as a seismologist who has just this minute uncovered a way to predict earthquakes, wears the horror of what he sees and knows in his eyes – wide with terror.
I am not the biggest fan of Dwayne Johnson’s but he is good in this movie even in his couple of emotional scenes-my problem with him is that he is too damn big!
“We spent a lot of time grounding the experience and researching what a tsunami did, what it looked like, earthquakes, different types of earthquakes“, said the Canadian director.
Helo-flown and hella-dumb, the movie delivers what its ads promise and not a particle more: Semi-convincing digital erasure of infrastructure. But then his technique shows that there’s a monster quake coming all along the San Andreas Fault, from Los Angeles up to San Francisco. But, that is to be expected in a disaster movie of this size and scope, our San Andreas review has to say.
“San Andreas” thrives on its continual devastation.
Early numbers from New Line and Warner Bros. suggest that the film, which stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, opened to $3.1 million, notes The Hollywood Reporter. San Andreas enforces the aphorism that rich men are invariably cowards, and watching Daniel die is undeniably satisfying. People who make such complaints shouldn’t go to movies like San Andreas in the first place. It doesn’t even work to judge it solely on the merits of its special effects, as it’s impossible to illustrate catastrophe without humanity, and the California of San Andreas feels about as sentient as Sim City (although I suppose one could argue how that’s a pretty accurate portrayal of Los Angeles). When Johnson tells one potential victim to “get up against something sturdy”, we know what his subtext is – and when he parachutes himself and his ex into a baseball field proclaiming it’s “been a while since I got you to second base”, there’s corn aplenty.