San Andreas Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson, Paul Giamatti, Will Yun Lee, Brad Peyton and action drama movie fans


San Andreas Movie Synopsis

san andreas faultAfter the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning, and when they think the worst may be over… it’s just getting started.

San Andreas Viewer Rating: 3.5/5 ***

San Andreas Movie Review:

For those who had studied Geography, they will remember that San Andreas Fault, a famous tectonic boundary with a few notable earthquakes in historic times. Gone were the days where audience are satisfied with olden day star wars effect. Having to make a film about natural disaster and making it realistic was the one thing I was policing on.

tsunami san andreasI wasn’t disappointed. Although there were certain crazy scenes like driving the speedboats against the tsunami current, and the visibly green-screen filming when Ray (Dwayne Johnson) and his wife Emma (Carla Gugino) were navigating the boat through the destructions, the special effects were outstanding and impressive.

san-andreasHowever, the relationship between the cast failed to impress me. Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino played a couple on the verge of divorce going on a mission to locate their daughter in the midst of the disaster. The portrayal of estranged relationship was passable (I prefer the Rock in action) or perhaps subtle, and it is perhaps the best as compared to the rest.

San-Andreas-movie-Dwayne-Johnson-3-e1431838411894Ben (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) and younger brother, Ollie (Art Parkinson) plays the brothers from United Kingdom, looking for a job in San Francisco when the earthquake took place. While there were’t much chance for them to do their brotherhood stuff, I thought Art Parkinson did a good job transforming from a cheeky younger brother asking contact on behalf of his brother to a scared boy who is scared to die.

alexandra-daddario-carla-gugino-san-andreas-stills-_4Yes, so Ben likes Blake (Alexandra Daddario), Ray’s daughter and it was a love at first sight. This type of mushy plot is usually my favourite, but here, it completely didn’t make any logical sense. Who in the right frame of their mind will save a girl trapped in an underground carpark single-handedly (and even brought his younger brother along) when the building was on the verge of collapsing? While that proved to be a correct choice in the end, the little loopholes made the film a tad too dramatic to be real.

P.S. Watch out for Will Yun Lee who plays Dr. Kim Park, a Caltech seismologist. Although he played a small supporting role, I’m really like his performance.

Do You Know?

san andreas filming“San Andreas” was shot on location in The Gold Coast and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

alexandra-daddario-carla-gugino-san-andreas-movie-photos_2Although they play a father and daughter, there is only a 14 year age difference between Dwayne Johnson and Alexandra Daddario.

043015-ap-nepal-quake-buddhist-temple-imgAfter a devastating earthquake in Nepal in April 2015, the film’s marketing campaign was adjusted to include information about how to help relief efforts and to give guidance on how to prepare for natural disasters (e.g. a link to the site was added to the newest trailers)

Thomas JordanAccording to Dwayne Johnson on, as a means of accurately depicting realism in the production, the producers brought in top seismologists to challenge the plausibility of the script. After some analysis, the experts unanimously agreed that what happens on screen could, in fact, happen in reality with the combined force of a major quake and a tsunami. However, Thomas Jordan, USC professor and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center who fact check the script for plausibility said that, “I gave them free advice, some of which they took… but much of which they didn’t – magnitude 9’s are too big for the San Andreas, and it can’t produce a big tsunami.”

san_andreas_2015_movie-wideThe cast did a lot of their own stunts because Peyton wanted audiences to see their faces. In the first 15 minutes of the helicopter rescue scene, Johnson was 150 feet off the ground rescuing a girl in a car suspended off a cliff face set 50 feet off the ground. Peyton “wanted to get Dwayne into the back seat and chase him with a 150-foot technocrane and not cut. I wanted the audience to know that they’re seeing Dwayne Johnson do this. This isn’t a trick. There’s no editing. This is him really doing it.” Peyton was thrilled when everyone in the cast stepped up to the challenge. “What’s awesome about Dwayne and the entire cast was you presented to them, ‘This is the vision for the movie. I want to experience it. I want to see you guys do it.’ And they were all in,” Peyton says. “I remember in Australia seeing Dwayne practice that, which makes your heart palpitate, because you’re like, ‘Please do not fall right now. We need to roll cameras, sir.’ When you see it, you’re like, ‘I buy this. This is legitimate.'”
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Behind The Scenes and Interviews

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San Andreas is out in cinemas on 28 May 2015.

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17 thoughts on “San Andreas Movie Review”

  1. I Love Paars by: Lee

    this movie makes us all be cautious on the possibilities that we may encounter in the future. disasters like earthquakes has been happening all over the world now and primarily in Asia.which is really terrifying.

  2. I went to see this and LOVED it. I’m usually not a fan of these type of movies but I was pleasantly surprised that I loved it as much as I did.

  3. While some parts do look too green screen made, i love how the director really wanted the cast to do their own stunts! This might just be a must watch movie.

  4. Mich kept telling to watch this show becos of the rock, haha! But, i stay away from disaster-theme movies most of the time cos they make me paranoid.. :/

  5. I have seen San Andreas and I was pretty much holding on to the edge of my seat the entire time. I’m planning to read about the reality of how this could happen in real life. The movie had an effect on me ( more of concern ) because our local news are always reporting about the West Valley Fault. This film was really timely.

    I did know that it was going to have a happy ending …. mostly because it was The Rock, lol. He’ll never fail m/

  6. I haven’t seen the movie, so I really can’t tell. I seldom go to movie houses and I just usually wait for the DVD releases.

  7. Hi. Did you watch this in 3D/4DX also? The story is really not much, a movie like this is for the special effects. Is Will Yun Lee Singaporean, hence your special mention? – Fred

  8. Wow this sounds great. I love adventure style films. Definitely one we will be looking out for. great review.

  9. I wanted to watch this when I saw Dwayne on the poster (haha, bias me!) but after watching the trailer, I decided not too. it feels really OTT and unreal….

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