Anyone who has ever lived in California is aware that we are in earthquake country.
The most famous of all the earthquake fault systems is the San Andreas. We in Los Angeles live right on top of this somewhat dormant monster. Dwayne Johnson is the perfect guy to be the face of this new action film, which starts shaking the minute it starts, and continues non-stop for the next two hours. 3D has never been quite like this, because San Andreas was actually filmed in 4D.
I saw this film in a high tech 4D theater where you not only saw the 3D affects of falling buildings coming at you, but the seats also shook, rolled, with water and air shot in your face. Paul Giamatti plays a seismologist who claims he can predict earthquakes, including “The Big One.” Los Angeles experiences a 9.1 quake in the film, whose aftershocks stretch up and down the Golden State.
Real life seismologist Lucy Jones was on hand for the premier Tuesday night and said that the real San Andreas Fault could not actually produce a 9.1, but could possibly produce an 8.2. Not too much comfort in that statement. Nor when she said “The Big One is inevitable.”
San Andreas is a combination of every disaster film you have ever seen including Earthquake, The Towering Inferno, Tsunami and even Godzilla, (minus the monster).
The plot is somewhat hokey with Dwayne Johnson (AKA: The Rock) playing a helicopter pilot dedicated to saving lives. Going thru a divorce, he finds out that his daughter is stuck in San Francisco, when it is hit with an even bigger quake, a 9.6. He and his ex-wife head up to SF in his copter, with lots of mini catastrophic events occurring along the way. My favorite part is when they parachute into ATT Park in SF, which appears to be the only place not devastated by the quake.
San Andreas is flawed in it’s scientific knowledge, with an extremely predictable plot, but is a very well done thriller nonetheless. It is relentless from start to finish, and raises the bar enormously for all future disaster films. See it at an Imax and/or 4D theater if you can for the full effect.
Check out the film’s trailer below: