Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s second film this year, has him going up against the largest earthquake in recorded history. Movie audiences have watched the city of Los Angeles endure volcanoes, tsunamis, alien attacks, tornadoes and now for the hundredth time, a major earthquake demolishing the city.
Johnson’s tough-guy rescue-chopper pilot travels across the state of California to rescue his teenage daughter caught up in the calamity. He traverses by air, land and sea as Mother Nature crumbles everything around him.
The CGI is quite remarkable as far as the destruction goes, although audiences have already seen that in the movie 2012. However, one of the film’s highlights would definitely be the collapsing of the Hoover Dam; due to the enormous scale in how it was shot, is completely breath-taking.
The actors’ performances were pretty good considering that they must have been filming around a green screen majority of the time. The lead cast of Johnson, his wife Carla Gugino (Spy Kids) and teenage daughter Alexandria Daddario (Percy Jackson) hit the emotional mark just right. The standout performance would have to be Paul Giamatti’s seismologist expert who explains the science of the earthquake quite exceptionally, bringing along a sense of fear to the gravity of the situation at hand.
San Andreas is exactly what you would expect from a destruction film large skyscrapers collapsing, the ground ripped apart and massive tsunamis leveling an entire city. With the recent earthquake that occurred in Nepal, the film does leave you with a warning that just maybe you should be prepared for an event of this magnitude.