Who doesn’t love a disaster movie? The villain is nature, who has no weakness and will always win. It makes humans the most vulnerable, as they know they can’t stop any of it. And despite this genre of film typically having terrible dialogue, the movies are still pretty awesome in every other way.
In San Andreas, California is experiencing a statewide earthquake that goes on record as easily the biggest earthquake in history. Dwayne Johnson plays Ray, a helicopter pilot who is trying to find his daughter (Alexandra Daddario) amidst the chaos.
San Andreas is full of cliches and stupid character decisions, but it’s so enjoyable. In the very first scene of the movie, there is a rescue mission where the fire department uses a helicopter to save a girl who is trapped inside a car that is dangling off a cliff by a tree branch. But oh yeah–the helicopter has exactly 5 minutes worth of fuel left, so the rescue team has to be ridiculously quick! How awesome is that?!
This movie is great mindless entertainment. There is nothing offensive about it, and the script is so cheesy it’s enjoyable in a The Fast and the Furious type of way.
The acting is pretty mediocre, but the highlight is Carla Gugino, as she shows us once again how she’s able to shine no matter what script she is given. And she gives us honestly one of the best on-screen cries I’ve seen.
It actually tugs on your heart and, despite lack of depth, attaches you to the characters. It’s truly one of the great blockbuster films of the past few years.