'San Andreas' rocks
San Andreas is an old school disaster film with new school special effects. Back in the 1970s, disaster films were in vogue. They usually consisted of an ensemble cast of second-tier actors and a story that was character driven. The cast includes Gina Gugino, Paul Giamatti, Kylie Minogue and Iaon Gruffudd.
Some critics are saying that this is the film that will make or break Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s career. It is possible that those critics forgot what Johnson did in Get Shorty. However, their collective memory loss doesn’t mean much because the Rock is solid as the lead in this film.
As good as Johnson is in the film, he is clearly upstaged by the beautiful Alexandra Daddario. She is perfectly chosen for the role of the daughter who leads a two Brits to safety. In fact, the movie does not allow her to fall victim to becoming the victim. She stays strong throughout the movie.
The film gets the details right for those who want to learn how to protect themselves during an earthquake. Do not hide in a door, rather get under something and hold on.
The success of those films from the 1970s rested on the strength of the acting and the story-telling rather than their special effects. Even though there are a few scenes where the green screen is particularly present, for the most part, San Andreas doesn’t have to sacrifice the special effects. It is probably worth watching in 3D because of the spectacular cinematography and majority of the special effects.
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