There is nothing ‘The Rock’ can’t do and this movie bears perfect testimony to that fact. Dwayne Johnson stars as the large-hearted American fighter who in his opening act saves a girl about to fall off the edge of a cliff.
At its core, San Andreas chronicles the catastrophic consequences triggered by the famous California fault that led to an earthquake which measured 9.5 on the Richter, the biggest earthquake in recorded history.
Dwayne or Ray Gaines is an LAFD search-and-rescue helicopter pilot who is out to navigate the destruction all the way from Los Angeles to San Francisco in order to bring his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) and their only daughter (Alexandra Daddario) to safety.
The basic flaw in the movie lies in the promise of a thriller which the audience entering the theatre is expecting. It is the story of a family fighting against all odds to reunite, it works but as a story about the San Andreas fault line it falters.
Carla wins you over with a performance that is restrained and passionate in equal measure. Alexandra excels as Ray’s daughter and you find yourself rooting for her and praying for her safety all the way as she makes her character so full of life and utterly believable.
The scientific explanations in the movie are not gripping enough and there’s one too many tremors thrown in there without enough breathers to make it believable.
A film like Day After Tomorrow succeeded in elevating a science based movie on a natural catastrophic level due to the story and thats where San Andreas falters. The story lacks moments that will make it compelling enough to qualify as a movie about a disaster of legendary proportions.
The characters are too busy sorting out their own issues and saving each others lives to care about greater issues of humanity which leaves you feeling rather disillusioned with the entire premise.
With subtle humour, a more layered plot and some intriguing characters, this could have been another classic in the genre, indeed.
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