California dreamin', on such a shaky day
Hoyts Melbourne Central - Thursday 28 May 2015, 7:00pm
Running time: 114m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Disaster themes and coarse language)
Release date: 28/05/15
Cost: $13 (Optus Rewards)
Rating: 6/10 (ME 3/5, DP 3/5)
San Andreas is the touching story of a grieving father’s quest for redemption. Ray Gaines (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) is a helicopter rescuer, trying to repair the relationship with his estranged wife Emma (Carla Gugiano), doing the best for his daughter Blake (Alexanda Daddario) while haunted by the memory of his lost daughter Mallory. This tender human drama draws out the struggles of the characters as they… um… did we mention this is all taking place while a catastrophic earthquake event is destroying Southern California?
San Adreas is a special-effect blockbuster. While the acting is really bad (alarm bell: Kylie Minogue’s cameo as Susan Riddick is the best performance in the film) and the dialogue is atrocious (“that’s the first time in a while I’ve managed to get you to second base” after Ray and Emma tandem-parachuted into a baseball stadium) this is a film that relies on huge moments of devastation, and it does them very well. Paul Giamatti as nerdy earthquake expert Lawrence spends much of the film hiding under tables, but his scene featuring the destruction of the Hoover Dam is particularly spectacular.
The scenes in San Francisco are very good, but a few more of the cities attractions could’ve featured. An out-of-control cable car with a drag Judy Garland lip-syncing for her life or leather queens fleeing the Castro may have generated an extra star, but that aside it is a fun disaster film with enough explosions and shiny things to maintain interest from beginning to end. (ME)