San Andreas is a pulse pounding, heart pumping film from the first opening scenes until the end. It stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Ray a helicopter rescue pilot with the L.A. fire dept. He is involved in a divorce with his wife Emma who he still cherishes dearly and his college age daughter Blake. When he comes to visit his daughter before she goes to college he discovers his wife’s new boyfriend is moving in with her. He’s attending a meeting in San Francisco near where Blake is going to college and said he’ll go with her.
Meanwhile seismologist Lawrence played by Paul Giamatti sees a huge earthquake is about to erupt ,so big that it will be felt on the East coast. After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, Ray a search and rescue helicopter pilot and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter.
Blake gets trapped in the back seat of the limo car they are riding in and her future stepfather goes to find help never to return. Two brothers from England visiting hear about a woman trapped in the parking garage. They hear Blake’s cries for help and together they free her.
What follows is a touch and go scene after scene with Blake’s parents trying to find her and she and her two rescuers trying to find them amongst all the rubble and shaking.
The special effects are astounding as San Francisco crumbles before your very eyes. Dwayne Johnson is terrific as he rescues people from the quake and keeps his cool whether flying a helicopter, flying a plane an elderly couple own and give to him as they flee the scene in their car or commandeering a speedboat right into a Tsunami.
Critics have said the co-stars weren’t that good, but I thought newcomer Alexandra Daddario as Blake was sensational as she suffers injury and near drowning and regains her strength to help the two English brothers who saved her. I also thought Carla Guigino as Ray’s wife Emma was very good and Paul Giamatti as the seismologist was very convincing too.
If they had ads like they did in the fifties in newspapers and posters it would read something like this:
See San Francisco crumble before your very eyes.
See the Golden Gate Bridge crumble into the sea.
See the famous Hollywood sign fall.
SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!
Check out these links for some great clips from the film. 🙂