Disaster is the key word in San Andreas, directed by Brad Peyton, a father goes on a journey across California after a massive earthquake to save his wife and daughter, the film stars Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti, Ioan Gruffud.
Ah San Andreas, probably the shortest and most simple premise for any movie that I’ve seen this year, it’s exactly what you’d expect and nothing more, nothing less, a lot of destruction and a predictable plot, one dimensonal characters and a fair amount of exposition. That exposition comes almost solely from Paul Giamattis character Lawrence who’s there to tell the characters and the audience what’s going on, a pretty common trope in disaster films.
Meanwhile other tropes of the genre are also present in characters that are just outright good or bad, good – Ray (Dwayne Johnson) the hero dad and bad the dickish boyfriend Daniel Riddick (Ioan Gruffud) but hey it’s a disaster film, stuff has to be destroyed so where’s the time for character development, I guess? That being said, I didn’t watch the film for the characters, despite Dwayne Johnson being in it and generally being an awesome human being and great action star, the film is some throwaway fun and something to watch just for its spectacle.
And in terms of visuals the film does deliver in that regard, with some big scale destruction, skyscrapers collapsing, the earth itself opening up and tidal waves and despite all of this, the film isn’t really that interesting and there isn’t much to it outside of looking at stuff fall down and people dying everywhere. And despite a barebones plot and cliché ridden film, more interesting characters wouldn’t have gone amiss, even Dwayne Johnson is struggling to get more out of a pretty skeletal story, though his chemistry with his wife Emma (Carla Gugino) and daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) is kinda believable
And there really isn’t that much else to say, the spectacle is there but depth isn’t, so popcorn at the ready and if you’re big on disaster films you may like it, otherwise probably not.
. Clichéd plot
. Bland characters
. Had some good visuals