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
Universal Studios Florida remodeled their "Earthquake" ride to make it a parody of movie effects. The ride is called Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride... Starring You! (2008) In it, riders participate in a movie called "Mutha Nature". At the end, everyone is rescued by Dwayne Johnson. This ride has since closed to make room for a ride featuring another franchise that Dwayne Johnson is part of, Fast and Furious: Supercharged. 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 »
It's a Dwayne Johnson movie, what else would you expect??!!
A movie with CGI and The Rock disguised as a disaster movie was actually a lot of fun. While it won't win any Oscars, it doesn't mean it's a bad film. Dwayne Johnson owns the movie right from the opening scene where we expect him to take charge of daring rescue after a motorist has steered off the road and is hanging on a cliff. Then there is the constant flexing of his huge biceps as he vogues for every scene from helicopter rescues to steering boats and planes. Still, this is the big budget, special effects movie Hollywood puts out every summer and the thrills are as huge as the big guy himself. The story is simple, sure we've seen it done before: divorcing dad from estranged soon to be ex-wife, in this case she's moved on to a richer boyfriend, and the daughter caught in between all of this will set off the story in motion. The most underrated actor in the world, Paul Giamatti, is brilliant as the scientist who figures out the catastrophic events that will soon unfold. The story would have been just as good with him in the lead and focusing on his character instead, but let's face it, he isn't the type of box office draw as The Rock. Still, I found his character underused a lot in this movie. San Francisco begins to crumble, along with various parts of California when the San Andreas fault lines give in. Now it's up to emergency rescue helicopter pilot to step up his game and do what he can to save his estranged wife and daughter. Think Die Hard of disaster movies. While the movie is predictable, loud, full of some decent CGI effects, it's still a pretty good night at the movies. Anyone who walks into a Dwayne Johnson movie expecting Citizen Kane here will be disappointed. This is a summer popcorn movie that does what it's supposed to and entertain you for 2hrs.
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