As promised, 'San Andreas' is an action-adventure disaster film which sticks completely to its subject. The American drama film has a gripping start and the first half is worth watching as you will be stuck to your seats. Second half shows how the couple struggles to save their daughter while catastrophic natural disaster destroys the city.
Dwayne Johnson plays a
search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, Ray who leaves his flying
missions in Afghanistan to rescue people in Los Angeles which has
been hit by a massive magnitude 9 earthquake.
Emma plays Carla Gugino, Ray's estranged wife who is living with
building developer Daniel (Ioan Gruffudd). However, the separated
parents come together when their teenage daughter Alexandra
Daddario (Blake) who gets stuck in the quake hit region.
Adding some love angle is Blake's meeting with Ben (Hugo
Johnstone-Burt) and his obnoxious younger brother, Ollie (Art
Parkinson). While the California is getting destructed due to the
earthquake, Paul Giamatti as Lawrence Hayes, a
seismologist, travels to Nevada to study a recent flurry of
"mini-quakes" and gives lots of 'gyaan' over his study on
earthquakes which is coming back to back and destroying L.A. and
San Francisco simultaneously.
In one of the scenes we see Ray saving Emma who is trying to
climb up a burning building and once he rescues her, the couple go
together in the helicopter to save their daughter, Blake.
Now that the earthquake has passed, Executive Director for
earthquake studies, Lawrence Hayes, predicts that the 'shaking is
not over' and the aftershocks are going to be worse as the
precursor is yet to come which will destroy California with 9.5 or
Direction: Brad Peyton has beautifully shown
how the earthquake brings destruction with buildings falling, fire
everywhere, people dying and helicopters flying here and
San Andreas can be best enjoyed in 3D provided the special
effects we get to see especially with the water flow when the
bridge breaks. Another enjoyable scene which somewhere make us
laugh is when Ray and Emma go on a speed boat trying to overcome
the heavy tsunami coming closer to them.
Acting: Dwayne Johnson is the main character
and trust us, The Rock with his physique and acting skills makes us
fall in love with him all the more. Carla Gugino has also tried
some stunts and played her role while Dwayne tries to save the
collapsing world around him in the movie.
However, we were quite scared to see their on-screen daughter,
Alexandra Daddario who fights her own battle!
Kylie Minogue makes a blink-of-an-eye
cameo as Susan Riddick, the ex-wife of Daniel Riddick. Paul
Giamatti has given his best as a seismologist.
San Andreas is a one time watch and can be a treat to the eyes
provided the visual effects and sound. It also shows immediate
measures which can be useful keeping the recent Nepal earthquake in