SYNOPSIS: After the infamous San Andreas Fault gives, triggering a magnitude 9-plus earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter.
But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.
It’s been a while since we had a truly satisfying disaster movie and this is one epic California disaster movie to be remembered. “San Andreas” is an action-adventure film that evokes the real-life thoughts of what would happen if the grand event does occur. It is scary as they come, if not scarier. There is simply no other way to put it, and I can’t emphasize this point enough. This is an earthquake flick about ‘The Big One,’ while simultaneously it’s the big one amongst earthquake flicks.
Now, Hollywood film production companies love to showcase their latest in cinematic special effects technology, and there is certainly no exception here. Consequently, “San Andreas” has crossed the threshold into new filmmaking territory, with its visuals and cinematography front and center. There are many Hollywood disaster movies and many of us have probably seen them all. However, with “San Andreas,” even the most natural disaster-jaded, crisis-hardened, cinema-cynical movie-goers will have a tough time finding issues with the action and storyline of this production. The seismic events to be experienced here by movie-goers are extremely realistic, and perhaps a little too real. It is one of those types of movies that viewers will be thankful that it’s just a movie and can sit back and enjoy the excitement and fun and are able to vicariously experience mayhem, chaos and destruction through the magic of Hollywood.
So what about the other attributes of the movie, you say?!?! Well, surprisingly enough, the acting is great, the production is phenomenal, the cinematography is pretty much Jaw-dropping and the music score is simple transcendent. Not to mention the added visuals of eye-candy, sexy Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson film series) strutting her stuff in the movie alongside singer/songwriter Kylie Minogue. Need I say more? HELLO.
This is an excellent date-night movie, and it's one of those films that must be seen on the big screen of a movie theater. Though it is brutally exciting for male moviegoers, dynamically stimulating for female moviegoers and provides a bonding emotional connection for romantic couples, “San Andreas” is extreme in every which way and is sure to please the genders alike. With that said, four and a half stars are certainly fair here.
By Movi-Man Stan
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