Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.
Disgraced Secret Service agent (and former presidential guard) Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.
In San Andreas, California is experiencing a statewide earthquake that goes on record as easily the biggest earthquake in history. Dwayne Johnson plays Ray Gaines, a helicopter rescue pilot for the Los Angeles Fire Department, who is trying to find his daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario), who is in San Francisco amidst the chaos. Ray's estranged wife, Emma, is forced to turn to Ray for help, as he is her last resort. Together they journey to save their daughter. Written by
Director Brad Peyton brought in Thomas Jordan, USC professor and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center to fact check the script for plausibility. Though both Peyton and lead actor Dwayne Johnson contend that the science portrayed in the film is accurate, Thomas Jordan was quoted as saying "I gave them free advice, some of which they took... but much of which they didn't - magnitude 9's are too big for the San Andreas, and it can't produce a big tsunami." See more »
The opening helicopter rescue attempt is a shambles of mistakes that no sane helicopter rescue crew would do. 1. Flying into the canyon (that's narrower than the helicopters diameter). Even if the canyon was wider flying lower creates a greater down-draft over a smaller area which is illogical when flying over an unstable vehicle. 2. The first rescuer tries to stabilize the car by attaching the helicopter to it - risking the crews (and TV-crews) lives as the helicopter could not lift the car if it slipped. This is also pointless as the girl was free to exit the car at far less risk. 3. The first rescuer putting himself under the balanced car - which is borderline suicidal. 4. The pilot leaving the seat. See more »
[to Blake that trap inside of a vehicle]
There's not a chance in hell we're leaving you in there.
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The end credits scroll with a bend at the top and bottom of the screen, as though they are on a rotating seismograph drum. Seismic lines, increasing in intensity, can be seen on the left side of the frame. See more »
There are some movies I watch for critical acclaim ... and there are some movies that I watch for pure fun and entertainment. San Andreas is obviously the latter and my entire family simply loved it.
Like all action movies, you have to suspend some belief and avoid taking it too seriously. However, within the realm of disbelief, San Andreas stays believable and you find yourself pulling for the characters to make it .. which isn't as obvious as you might think. Special effects are downright spectacular while avoiding going over the top.
If you're looking for a night of fun at the movies with friends or family in the next couple of weeks, San Andreas is a 10 ... not an Oscar 10 ... but a fun, thrill ride 10.
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