FILM REVIEW AND TRAILER: San Andreas (PG-13)

Win tickets to see disaster movie San Andreas at Cineworld Boldon.
Win tickets to see disaster movie San Andreas at Cineworld Boldon.

An action thriller, starring Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Pack Giamatti, Hugo Johnstone-Burt and Art Parkinson

San Andreas contained some of the best special effects I have seen for a while. My expectation for the film was average, but I was blown away by the amazing visuals and non-stop relentlessness it brought to the table.

The film stars Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) as Ray, an LA Fire Department helicopter rescue pilot, who is in the midst of a divorce. When the San Andreas fault begins to shift, causing an earthquake to hit major cities along it, Ray sets out to rescue his wife Emma and daughter Blake. This film realistically depicts real-life consequences of high-impact earthquakes, with debris, fallen power lines and aftershocks to be reckoned with.

There are two main locations used to showcase the effects, these being Los Angeles and San Francisco. The use of these areas not only fits with the geography of the earthquake, but are both excellent choices to show full-scale annihilation of skyscrapers. As I left, the raining of rock and shatter of glass was still whirling around in my head.

As is typical with these type of action films, the main protagonists have a lot more luck than anyone else. While this is to be expected, I still wished for a more lifelike portrayal of what would happen – such as the injuries sustained, tough travelling from A to Z, or (God forbid) someone critical to the story actually dying.

There’s a familiar plot-line – will a character who is treasured to someone make it? Towards the end of the film, where the predictable scene takes place, I was not worried whatsoever for the person in question’s wellbeing, since I had seen it so many times.

The acting in this film wins no Oscars in my eyes, but it is still very good nonetheless, with The Rock being the main man. Two standout characters were Ben and Ollie, two British people caught up in the disaster, whose accents seemd to be a little overdone to just be casual bystanders. Once again, the Brits have been given as posh a voice as is possible. Because apparently we all sound like this!

On the whole though, San Andreas certainly delivers more of a crazy thrill ride than most other films in the genre, making for a very enjoyable watch, as well as an incredible portrayal of how bad a natural disaster can be. If there’s one person I want on my side if something like this ever happens, it’s The Rock.

Rating: 8/10