500 Days Of Film Reviews San Andreas And Finds An Entertaining, If Really Quite Silly, Disaster Flick
After a huge earthquake hits San Francisco, helicopter rescue pilot, Ray (Dwayne Johnson), has to embark upon a dangerous journey to rescue his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) and daughter (Alexandra Daddario).
His mission, involving the use of planes, boats and automobiles, will prove an enormous test of his pretty impressive skills and expertise.
Is It Any Good?
I do love a good disaster movie. I always enjoy this genre’s big, bold special effects, the sense of peril and the traditional paths these movies always take.
If you are a “goodie” and you learn the crucial lessons of your journey, you will be fine. But woe betide you if you are a bad’un. You just better watch out is all I’m saying.
So, am I here to report that San Andreas is a good disaster movie? Erm, sadly, no.
However, I am here to tell you that I had such great fun with this movie and that, if you switch your brain off at the start and just go with the silliness, this film is an extremely enjoyable watch.
Okay, so here’s what is bad about the film - it makes little narrative sense, it goes from one ridiculous extreme to another and you know from the start who is going to survive and who is going to perish.
The movie also features one of the worst performances from Paul Giamatti, who by the way I love, that I have ever seen. This is not his fault… it is purely down to the script.
And now here is what's fun about this movie: it features the supremely watchable Dwayne Johnson and his charisma is what carries you forward. The special effects are spectacular and immersive. You do care about the well being of some characters.
Oh and, yes, the film does go from one ridiculous extreme to another - but this is strangely enjoyable. I have to admit that the craziness of the plot just made me laugh and laugh and laugh.
Now, I am not sure that I was supposed to laugh so much… but I was having fun and that can’t be a bad thing can it?
I came out of San Andreas feeling as if I had just been on a roller coaster - it was an enjoyable, if not particularly memorable, cinema experience.
I’m not going back to San Francisco without The Rock. A sensible precaution I think.
I was a bit surprised to find one instance of strong (F) language in this film. This jarred with me and felt unnecessary.
Have you see San Andreas? What did you think? Let me know in the comments section below!