San Andreas (2015)

No Rock bottom in this, but he did hit someone with a pistol. Ray (Dwayne Johnson) drives a Los Angeles Fire Department rescue-helicopter. Ray is divorced and has plans to take his daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario) to college. After an earthquake hits the west coast, Ray cannot take his daughter to college and he needs to go work. When Blake is on her way to college, a massive earthquake hits San Francisco and leaves Blake trapped and in need of rescue. When Laurence (Paul Giamatti), a college professor who specializes in research of earthquakes finds out about this, he looks more into it and discovers that this earthquake is only the beginning and there is something much worse to come. Now, Ray and his ex-wife, Emma (Carla Gugino) are flying and driving all around San Francisco trying to find and save their daughter.

I am going to start off by saying that if you are looking to see an awesome 3D movie for the effects, this is definitely one you will want to check out. The story is kind of ridiculous and often over-the-top, but the effects you see in San Andreas are absolutely incredible. I did not really like this movie all that much, but I have to say there were some scenes that really entertained me. I feel like I have seen this movie done a few times already and there was nothing special about this movie that made me think that it was a masterpiece. I think San Andreas is a really average, mediocre film that just has awesome effects and that is what people are going to love about it.

The acting in San Andreas is not too great. I just laugh whenever “The Rock” speaks because every line he says is absolutely hysterical and completely ridiculous. Unlike Furious 7, there was no Rock bottom in this and that made me upset. I will say that compared to all of the other actors, Dwayne Johnson gave the best performance out of all of them and nothing about his performance was all that impressive, he was just a likable character that was really bad-ass. The only thing good about Gugino and Daddario are that they are just super good-looking and that’s why your eyes are on them the whole time and I think its obvious as to why they were casted for this movie.

San Andreas is just a movie that does nothing to really impress me and I think it is no more than an average, money-making movie that was made for that reason only. It is just very hard to not appreciate all of the effects in this movie because they are just awesome and unbelievable. If this was just a two-hour movie of effects, then I would have thought it was an excellent movie, but sadly it wasn’t. Other than the awesome action and special effects scenes, the movie as a whole was just boring and nothing is really memorable from this. This is a movie that you will want to see on the big screen because of the loudness and the incredible effects it has to offer. For a lower budget Blockbuster, the effects really impressed me.

Overall, San Andreas is not a great film by any means, but it is not all that terrible. It is just often boring and filled with lazy acting. If you go see this, just know that the effects will be awesome.

Grade= C (Okay)


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