San Andreas

Movie:  San Andreas 

Rating:  3 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:   Everybody wants to move to the West Coast, am I right?  Live it up in the sunshine in Los Angeles or San Francisco, be one of the beautiful people.  Well, here’s three words to think about:  San Andreas Fault.

Meet Ray (Dwayne Johnson), a helicopter rescue pilot for the Los Angeles Fire Department.  He has over 600 rescues to his credit, and he is very good at his job.  Relationships are another matter, as he is about to sign divorce papers from his wife Emma (Carla Gugino), who plans to move to San Francisco with boyfriend Daniel (Ioan Gruffudd) and her daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario).   But family matters are cut short when a major earthquake rips through Nevada, and the Hoover Dam goes bust, and havoc ensues.  Ray and all available rescue personnel are ordered to Nevada to assist in the disaster.

Meanwhile, other peoples’ lives move on.  Emma heads to Los Angeles, and her daughter Blake goes to San Francisco with future step-dad Daniel.  At Cal Tech, seismology expert  Professor Lawrence (Paul Giamatti) has just tested new technology to predict earthquakes, and wouldn’t you know it, just in time for the little machine to start blabbing dire warnings all over the place.  SPOILER ALERT!  THE WEST COAST IS TOAST!!!

I am generally not a big fan of the disaster movie genre, but this film is pretty decent.  It helps to have real star power, not just in Dwayne Johnson, but excellent actors and pros like Paul Giamatti, Carla Gugino, and Ioan Gruffudd.  Then there is young Alexandra Daddario, who is very attractive and could soon move up to starring roles.  And of course, for the action/adrenaline junkies, there is mayhem and special effects galore to satisfy your thirst for destruction.  So go ahead, check this film out.

Huh?  That the….:  Pretty young thing Natalie is in a major car wreck, windshield busted out, car rolling over multiple times, but by golly the cell phone that she was just talking on somehow stays in the car so she can call for help….

It is not a game day for baseball at the ball park in San Francisco, but for some reason the bases were left on the infield.  Better fire one of the groundkeepers….

Forget about balancing the budget.  The National Debt is about to increase by about 20 trillion dollars….

Soundtrack:  Stay for the credits and listen to a wonderful version of the classic song, California Dreaming, performed by Sia.

Dialogue Nuggets:  Student – “Professor, could that happen here?”   Professor Lawrence – “Well, it happens every 150 years, and we’re about 100 years overdue.  I’d say it’s not a question of if, but when.”

Blake – “I can’t believe Daniel just took off!  What an asshole!””

Emma on phone leaving message for Daniel- “You left my daughter?  If you’re not already dead, I’m going to fuc*ing kill you!”

Ray – “We’ll have to auto-rotate down.”  Passenger – “Auto what?”  Ray – “We’re going to crash.”

Professor Lawrence – “In seismology, what we are experiencing is called a swarm event.”



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