Starring Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti
To be honest, I really enjoyed this movie, but I was bothered by some of the elements, as well. The earthquakes & tsunamis were exaggerated, there’s too much CGI, and the earthquake prediction thing is just silly. But once I got past those things, I found myself enjoying the film more than I expected.
To enjoy this movie, you’ll have to go down the level of the movie’s absurdity, and you shouldn’t think too much about anything. The plot is really shallow. It’s basically the story of a father trying to save his family from danger, with a bit of cliche family problems mixed in. The movie relies too much on CGI-heavy scenes, but I’m not saying that the movie isn’t fun, it just feels incredibly unrealistic, even for a supposed Magnitude 9.1 earthquake.
The acting here is OK. Dwayne Johnson isn’t really convincing as a loving and caring father, but he makes up for it through the intense action scenes. Alexandra Daddario was charming, and Paul Giamatti gives his all to deliver the dumbest lines in the film and make them sound smart. There’s also a short cameo from Kylie Minogue. The rest of the cast were OK. Direction was fantastic as well, as the movie was increasing in intensity with every scene.
San Andreas is a thrilling, heart-stopping, well-executed CGI showcase, but it doesn’t go any further than that. Best watched in 3D/IMAX/4DX.
My Rating: 7/10