If you want to know whether or not you are going to like ‘San Andreas’ then there are a few simple questions to ask yourself. Do you like disaster movies? Did you enjoy ‘The Day After Tomorrow’? Where you giddy when Los Angeles fell to pieces in ‘2012’? If you answered “yes” to these questions then you are probably going to have a pretty good time watching Dwayne Johnson drive boats, planes, and helicopters through earthquakes to save his daughter.
Everybody else should probably stay home or go see something else. ‘San Andreas’ does not hide its disaster movie roots and those who have hated these movies before will find nothing new to enjoy here. The film is filled with the exact same travel up the coast to save your child story that ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ had. They destroy the shit out of California, just like they did in ‘2012’. And there are dozens of cheesy lines to rival every other disaster movie ever made.
That’s not where the cliche’s end though. Oh no. Not by a long shot. The film has the typical divorce story, where a disaster brings parents back together. It has the always fun boyfriend who turns out to be an asshole. It also has the obligatory asshole rich guy who we are just waiting to get squished. It has the young boy and girl who fall for each other because of the disaster. Honestly, the only thing it doesn’t have is the dog that miraculously gets saved while molten lava nearly burns his tail.
The supposedly original story here is that a bad ass fire & rescue pilot (Dwayne Johnson) saves his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) from a collapsing building. Then they set off to San Francisco to save their daughter (Alexandra Daddario). That building collapsed because they San Andreas fault began to shake. Which was predicted by a scientist at Cal Tech (Paul Giamatti). You notice I’m not mentioning their names? That’s because it really doesn’t matter. They are mostly card board cut outs.
Luckily, the actors do a good enough job with their cookie cutter characters to make care that get don’t die and let he special effects own the show. I know this is a stupid movie and I’m perfectly willing to accept anybody’s criticism, but I had fun. When you are watching Dwayne Johnson drive a speed boat up a tsunami while dodging a ship and its cargo, who really cares about plot.
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