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.
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
The cast did a lot of their own stunts because Director Brad Peyton wanted audiences to see their faces. In the first 15 minutes of the film, Johnson rappels out of a helicopter that's at least 150 feet off the ground to rescue a girl that's in a car suspended off a cliff face set that's 50 feet off the ground. "There was a little bit of a challenge that the script, the story, and the style in which we wanted to shoot it posed to the cast, which I think they delivered on in spades," Peyton tells us. "I wanted to get Dwayne into the back seat and chase him with a 150-foot techno-crane and not cut. I wanted the audience to know that they're seeing Dwayne Johnson do this. This isn't a trick. There's no editing. This is him really doing it." Peyton was thrilled when everyone in the cast stepped up to the challenge. "What's awesome about Dwayne and the entire cast was you presented to them, 'This is the vision for the movie. I want to experience it. I want to see you guys do it.' And they were all in," Peyton says. "I remember in Australia seeing Dwayne practice that, which makes your heart palpitate, because you're like, 'Please do not fall right now. We need to roll cameras, sir.' When you see it, you're like, 'I buy this. This is legitimate.'" See more »
The San Andreas fault cannot produce a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, due to the geology of a slip-strike fault. At maximum, the largest possible earthquake it could produce would be about an 8.3. See more »
If you couldn't save our daughter, then nobody could have.
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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 »
I read some of the reviews here and am wondering what all the negative reviewers expected. Who didn't know this was a huge, costly disaster movie? Who didn't know there were going to be many unbelievable scenes? Who didn't know there would be some cheesy dialogue?
Well, I, for one, enjoyed it. The last good disaster movie I saw was The Towering Inferno, and you know that was a long, long time ago. It's still my favorite disaster flick. San Andreas, of course, had much better special effects. (several decades later, better effects, right?) I thought the scenes of the destruction were amazing.
We all know disaster movies usually focus on a handful of people in it and this one was no different. The movie was entertaining for me. I hope it is for you, too. :)
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