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 amid-st 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 »
Daniel and Blake are in the parking garage when a tremor hits, causing car alarms to go off. When they try to escape none of the other cars' alarms went off. See more »
It will be so big, that even though it's happening here in California, you will feel it on the East Coast.
[looking directly into the zooming camera]
Now I cannot emphasize this enough to the people of San Francisco: You need to get out. And I mean now. And if you can't, you need to find any means possible to drop, cover, and hold on. Because your life is gonna depend on it. God be with you.
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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 »
Sense-Juddering Visuals, But Logically and Emotionally Void
It will be impossible to chase after logic and sense once the Earth ruptures open in SAN ANDREAS. This doesn't mean there's plenty to find, because the truth is, there's barely any, but SAN ANDREAS doesn't really need to be logical for it to be able to deliver its sense-juddering capacity. The film works with eye-popping visuals alone, and this is why the film, amidst of all its shortcomings, is still worth seeing.
SAN ANDREAS is exactly the film you would expect to see from a big-budgeted disaster movie. It teems with ground-cracking quakes, earth shattering explosions, and gigantic earth-wiping tsunamis. Through these visual tactics, the movie keeps the audience's attention glued on screen, that it would be impossible to ponder whether what's happening is still logical or not. This makes assessing the performance of the actors not an easy job, and I'm not saying it's necessary. Dwayne Johnson charms his way through his thinly structured character by appearing someone with heroics written all over him, that you may have your eyes the entire time following him as he saves both his family and the world. Carrying such responsibility would, of course, give way to making stupid and. brow-arching decisions (like when characters take pauses to have tender moments, cry, hug, and play the emotional blame game, in the middle of what could be an apocalyptic doom), and you would be incredibly happy laughing about such preposterousness, while also thrilled, watching the characters defeat the impossible. But its hard to appreciate such effort of putting emotional touch on the characters when they rarely go in congruence with character development.
In the end, the film is nothing but one powerful quake that has just passed by before abruptly ceasing to exist. What is left after drowning entirely in the imminence of cataclysmic dangers and horrors of apocalyptic annihilation, is a feeling of voidness. SAN ANDREAS' greatness is as seismic as any cgi-packed disaster movie can be, and it's epic in such way, but it hardly leaves a sense of emotional satisfaction, making it a forgettable entry to the disaster category. 6/10
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