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
The filmmakers are big fans of Steven Spielberg. According to Flynn, "Brad Peyton in my mind is the next Steven Spielberg and that's why Brad is in this business. Spielberg was a huge inspiration on both Brad and Dwayne and this whole cast. " Johnson agrees, "That's very true. When we went into this movie, we sat in Budapest and started chopping things up, and said, 'Wow, this feels like a Spielberg movie.' Then, we just talked about it. We had this private conversation, the three of us, in a hotel about how much Spielberg had inspired us. We didn't write him or call him. It's just that we're such big fans of his movies. I will say, just for the record, I received a letter from that gentleman who directed Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). It was very cool. He reached out and he said a lot of cool, inspiring, motivating things." See more »
On the DVD with Directors Commentary, Brad Peyton states that each one-tenth increase in the Richter scale, ie: from 9.5 to 9.6, is an increase in the severity of the earthquake by 100 times. Actually, the increase in severity, though still severe, is far less; each whole number increase; ie: from 8.0 to 9.0, is an increase in severity of 10 times. See more »
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 »
Going into this film I knew it wasn't going to be one of the best films I've ever seen I just knew I would like the visual effects and the action, although there were some parts that wouldn't have happened in real life but that's standard Hollywood, it's expected. The story line and plot wasn't anything spectacular. It wasn't anything you haven't seen before, very clichéd and predictable. The Rock's performance in this film did give it that extra kick that was needed to make this film a bit more tolerable. If you're planning on seeing this film enjoy the ride for the visual effects and the action, don't expect very much more. I'm not going to say it's bad and I'm not going to say it's good. It's just a clichéd Hollywood work of art. You be the judge.
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