CAST: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi
DIRECTION: Brad Peyton
DURATION: 1 hour 54 minutes
STORY: Ray (Dwayne Johnson) is a rescue pilot who is on the brink of a divorce with his wife Emma (Carla Gugino). Emma and their daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) moved out of Ray’s to live with Emma’s rich boyfriend. When the massive earthquake strikes, the family comes closer to keep each other safe.
REVIEW : San Andreas delivers on what it promises. Undeniably it is low on powerhouse performances but visually it’s a spectacle. The CG work brilliantly builds the story’s menace factor. As the epic catastrophe looms large over America’s most iconic cities, the film shifts between a family torn because of a certain tragedy and cities crumbling down due to another.
Its story is rather shaky and often makes for a few unintentional laughs. The measly plot is strewn together with slick CGI that adds drama to the climactic twists in the movie. Though the narrative comes with the bane of predictability, it is sharply edited leaving zero scope for boredom.
The story is brimful with every cliche in the book that this genre might have chronicled. One can fault the film for lacking inventiveness, but in terms of its entertainment quotient, it’s an enthralling treat for those who have the appetite to digest mass-destruction in movies.
Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rock’ solid performance minimizes the risk of the movie turning into a debacle, which was a strong possibility given its unexciting story. But Johnson delivers cheesy punch lines with his trademark panache that gives his character the charisma and the film its ardour.
It is possible that the formulaic fare can easily be branded insensitive coming so soon after the disaster in Nepal that turned ancient monuments to rubble. The after-feeling that prevails is of fear and the persistent visuals of buildings falling and people dying might have a haunting impact.
It’s advisable you view this one with minimal hopes, keeping intact a neutral approach. San Andreas despite its weak plot and improper timing, has its exhilarating moments and is definitely worth a watch.
The film begins with a girl getting stuck after a car crash. Ray, an expert pilot and his team helps her out. Simultaneously we are taken to a Seismology unit at a local university where a professor describes how the area stretching between Nevada and California has a faultline running through the region and thus the possibility of an earthquake is massive in the area. Another professor discovers that Nevada has been recording many minor earthquakes over the past few days. To research more and test a device created by them that predicts earthquakes, the duo go there. A massive earthquake that is 7+ on Richter scale is recorded then and the professor dies in an attempt to save a child.
Back home we are told Ray’s estranged wife Emma and their daughter Blake will soon be moving in with Emma’s new rich boyfriend. Ray doesn’t take the news well and snaps at Emma. To conduct a rescue operation in Nevada, Ray won’t be able to take her daughter to California. Emma’s boyfriend snoops in and volunteers. On their way he tells Blake that he will never be able or want to take her father’s place in her life.
Simultaneously in the seismology department, the researches find out that the possibility of a quake attacking them sooner has been doubled. Emma gets an apology call from Ray and just then an earthquake strikes. Ray guides Emma to find higher ground and is able to rescue her.
Blake befriends two Brit brothers Ben and Ollie. When the earthquake strikes there, Blake is left stuck in an underground garage and the brothers come and rescue her.
After rescuing Emma, Ray’s helicopter runs out of fuel and they have to crash land. Ray and Emma take a car and find an aviation center from where they borrow another helicopter.
Meanwhile a series of after shocks shake up California, Ben is injured and Ollie and Blake save him. The trio find higher ground and seek rescue in one of the high-rises that are intact. Emma and Ray come in a boat to save them.
A Tsunami strikes the city and Blake almost drowns but Ray saves her. Eventually all of them get out of danger and seek shelter in a UN rescue camp.