Flash Movie Review: San Andreas

I traveled halfway across the country only to find out we were no longer going to be a couple. It happened within 1 hour of me stepping off of the plane to find out they, “could not go on like this,” whatever that was supposed to mean since I did not get a clear answer when I asked, “Like what?” Returning back to the airport for my connecting flight, I had enough time between flights to call a close friend. I called them up so I could lament over the abrupt ending of my relationship and complain about why I had to travel all the way to a remote area of the country just to be told this; why couldn’t they have told me before they took this summer job that kept them away for the summer? As we spoke on the phone my free ear heard a high pitched tinkling noise of glasses clinking together. I did not focus on it until I started feeling the floor shaking beneath my feet. The sound was coming from a tourist gift shop near the waiting area I was standing in. The banners and lights that were suspended from the ceiling began to wave in unison. It took me a moment before I realized an earthquake was taking place; I never experienced one before in my life. People started to scream as items were being knocked off of their perches; I dropped to the floor. Was this upheaval I was experiencing  a manifestation of my emotional turmoil? Just as suddenly everything came to a quiet standstill. I started experiencing a similar anxiety at the opening scene of this action film, so do not come in late.    CALIFORNIA rocked by a massive earthquake rescue-chopter pilot Ray, played by Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious franchise, Hercules), had to navigate through the chaos to try and find his daughter Blake, played by Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson franchise, Texas Chainsaw 3D). This dramatic thriller, emphasis on the thrills, was one heck of a visual ride through California. The special effects were unbelievable and intense. I saw it in 3D but do not feel it is a must; the only reason was due to the time of the showing that it wound up being in 3D. With a cast that included Paul Giamatti (Romeo & Juliet, Sideways) as Lawrence and Carla Gugino (Watchmen, Sin City) as Emma, they all did their best with the poorly written script. Everything was so obvious from a mile away due to the formula the writers followed for disaster film 101. At least Dwayne and Paul were perfectly cast; one was affable and the other did a great portrayal of frantic intensity. Sadly this action movie did not completely rock me; but for a mindless escape, it provided enough thrills to keep me interested.

 

2 1/3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 1, 2015, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I’m not surprised it’s a bad script. Oh, well! I’m fascinated with earthquakes, so I still want to see it!

  2. I’ll be just as content to see it on DVD. 🙂

  3. I guess all type of action-drama which include some catastrophe like this, are thrilling.
    Myself I experienced an minor earthquake in Japan, quite few years ago, but there the people were amazingly diligent and calm… no scream at all… Habit and different culture, maybe. Thank for the tip, I like very much Dwayne Johnson… me too I wait to have the DVD to be able to enjoy it few times! Have a lovely day :-)c

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and leave your comments. Your story about the earthquake in Japan fascinated me; the idea of no one reacting the way most are portrayed in the movies is wild. You will really like Dwayne in this film.

  4. Gonna go see it, and expect nothing more than a Summer diversion.

  5. My hubby did the rescue/medical in Nepal the last few weeks and he had that same experienced of feeling lost under his feet when the earth rumbles and shaking.

    Not sure of this film, but I do love Dwayne! 😉

  6. Another “eye candy” movie for me! As long as there is enough action and thrill, I don’t mind the bad script, lol!

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