Howdy ladies and gents, time for a more recent film review and today I’m going to be talking about San Andreas. Now when I heard about this film and saw the trailers, I wasn’t sure if I’d want to see it or not. I mean it was just another disaster film right? And I’ve seen plenty of those, would the addition of Dwayne Johnson sway me? Probably not. But since my dad wanted to see it the other night we gave it a shot and now I’m ready to pass judgement.
The plot can be summed as the following:
“In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his daughter.”
The story in this film is familiar and yet serviceable. I got a lot of The Day After Tomorrow vibes from this film as there are very similar story elements and if we’re talking just in general, then I was also reminded of 2012 too. But those previous films aside, this film is about a rescue mission in addition to the seismic activity, earthquakes and people caught in middle of these crazy situations. as usual there’s an emotional aspect added to the main character and the people surrounding him, it’s not bad but it’s not great. I think the one thing that bugged me was the forced romance that I saw a mile off as soon as said characters laid eyes on each other. There is also a fair amount of humour too, some of it works and some it really feels forced.
Now let’s talk about the cast. Dwayne Johnson was awesome as Chief Raymond “Ray” Gaines, the film mainly works because of him. Johnson has this natural charm, charisma and a muscular body that helps draw us fans in, but beyond that the man is becoming a better actor and with each serious role he shows his talent more and more and I bought his character, his troubles, his occupation, he sold it well and it helps that he’s just magnetic presence on-screen. Carla Gugino was good as Emma Gaines, Emma has history with Ray and while its nothing we haven’t seen before Gugino handles her material well enough. Alexandra Daddario as Blake Gaines was fine too, I’m not going to lie I was distracted by Daddario’s beauty in this film, but otherwise she was charming and fine in her role. Also Paul Giamatti was good as Dr. Lawrence Hayes, I liked his character, he seemed very smart and looked like he wanted to use his knowledge to save the lives of many people in danger.
Ioan Gruffudd was pretty good as Daniel Riddick, this was the first major film I’ve seen him in for a while and he was fine in the film, though his character was a douche though. Hugo Johnstone-Burt as Ben Taylor was alright, but his character felt quite annoying and dull at times. Art Parkinson, who played his brother Ollie Taylor fared a little better, this guy had some comic relief moments and some worked well and others not so much. Archie Panjabi was good as Serena Johnson. I was surprised to see Kylie Minogue as Susan Riddick, but she was fine too, but my biggest surprise was seeing Colton Haynes as Joby. I kept looking at his face but I couldn’t pinpoint where I’d seen him before until I got some and realised it was Roy from Arrow, the frigging blonde hair threw me off! 😛
When it comes to the presentation, its pretty damn good. Visually the film boasts some kick ass action sequences thanks to some well-crafted CGI to demonstrate on this destruction and chaos whether it is buildings falling, a rock slide, earthquakes or a tsunami, it looks very cool. I would say however that some of the special effects look a little blurry and not as polished as some other scenes. Also the soundtrack by Andrew Lockington is quite nice with a good sense of energy and power.
In conclusion San Andreas is pretty good disaster film. While it does have all of the standard codes and conventions of this genre of film and it does get a bit dull during some of the talking moments, the film mainly succeeds thanks to the central performance of Dwayne Johnson and some pretty cool action sequences. I was surprised by how much fun I had with this one and I would recommend it to all that are interested.
So have you seen San Andreas and if so what do you think of it? Please be sure to leave your thoughts on in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀