Synopsis: A seemingly ideal day turns disastrous when California’s notorious San Andreas fault triggers a devastating, magnitude 9 earthquake, the largest in recorded history. As the Earth cracks open and buildings start to crumble, Ray Gaines (Dwayne Johnson), an LAFD search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, must navigate the destruction from Los Angeles to San Francisco to bring his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) and their only daughter (Alexandra Daddario) to safety.
Review: I’ve always been somewhat of a fan of disaster movies. So when I was offered the chance to review this. I thought why not.
Starring Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino ‘San Andreas’ sees the pair in a race against time to rescue their daughter. The fims back story tells the sad tale of how Ray wasn’t able to save their youngest daughter. So for his character the San Andreas fault line offers him a chance of redemption. It also offers a chance for him to repair the fractured relationship with his wife.
All this relationship drama is thankfully down staged by some spectacular visual FX. Much of the effects seen in the film are physical, which is pretty amazing given how tempting it may have been for them to use CGI for everything. Obviously there was some CGI and what there was of it was pretty damned impressive.
I loved the fact that the CGI artists managed to create different scenarios with regards to how the various Earth quakes effected the different buildings as a real quake would do. The more modern buildings would sort of sway from side to side before coming down whereas older buildings would gradually crumble.
Dwayne Johnson does a fantastic job of running around doing much of the physical action and Carla Gugino is pretty impressing with the physical stuff as well.
Alexandra Daddario though is also impressive as she helps her new found boyfriend and his bratty younger brother make the perilous journey to higher ground so that Daddy can save them.
For my money the outstanding performance in this film came from Paul Giamatti who played the scientist that has predicted the fault, but of course got completely ignored by the authorities. Giamatti’s ability to keep it real while negotiating with all the science speak was fantastic.
‘Sam Andreas’ is one of those movies where all the actors pull their weight respectively.
The stunts, the visual effects and pretty much everything about it is a fun ride and well worth a look if your looking for some disaster fun to go with your pop corn and drinks.
Extras: With this there are a few short documentaries. One of which explains the research that went into creating the various earth quakes as well as how the various buddings would come down. And a audio commentary from the films director Brad Peyton. I’d have loved for some of the cast and crew to have had their say in the audio commentary.
- Paul Giamatti and great FX
- The relationship back-storie seemed a little shoehorned in.
- Visual & Practical FX10
- Blu Ray Extras7.5