‘San Andreas’ Movie Review: Another Cliché, Yet Enjoyable Disaster Film


San Andreas Movie

Score: 6.5 out of 10.

I was somewhat looking forward to seeing San Andreas but the ultimate outcome is a “by the book”disaster flick that feels all too familiar, although it’s not a horrible movie and is a fun time at the theater. Having Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in your film nowadays is a good thing that can only benefit the entertainment of a movie and its box office draw. The $53 million box office domestic total this past weekend proves that and Warner Bros. is not upset with those numbers, especially with the extra $60 million brought in by the foreign market. It’s safe to say San Andreas is not a failure financially but as far as being a good movie it did not succeed. However, despite the bad dialogue and predictability, the destruction scenes are incredible and some of the best I’ve seen in a disaster movie. I will be going over some of the good and the bad but first check out the synopsis and trailer below.

Synopsis (IMDB): 

In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his daughter.

The Good: 

  • Disaster Scenes- I was more scared watching this movie than any horror film I’ve seen in a long time. I’m freak out by the thought of being present when a natural disaster occurs and seeing them on the big screen is the closest I’ll get to experiencing that. It’s so scary! The visuals/special effects are great as well with technology improving by the year.
  • The Rock- Yes, The Rock is basically fighting rocks in this movie! Just kidding but he is so awesome to watch. I totally bought him as a rescue-chopper pilot and if I could have anyone saving me in a natural disaster, it would be him. Regarding the movie, he was as charismatic as ever and had some great one-liners that had me cracking up.
  • Carla Gugino and Alexandra Daddario- Okay I admit this one is because I am a guy… but who could blame me?! This is arguably the hottest mother-daughter duo I’ve ever seen in a movie and I couldn’t help but admire them on screen. How lucky The Rock was to work with these two stunningly beautiful women.

  • Paul Giamatti- As the college professor/Seismologist he brought so much intensity to this movie and really shows how fearful someone who knows what’s coming can be.

The Bad:

  • Cliché Plot- Do you remember a disaster movie from a few years ago called 2012? Of course you do. Well San Andreas pretty much has the same exact plot. A father who is separated from the mother of his children, whom he still loves and whom is with her new a-hole nerdy boyfriend, and in the turn of events which are the natural disaster… he earns his family back. I couldn’t help but think of 2012, and every other movie with a father who’s not with the mother of his kids anymore, the entire time I was watching this movie and it took me out of it.
  • Dialogue- Sometimes I wonder who writes these Hollywood scripts for hundreds of thousands of dollars and sometimes millions! This is an example of completely horrible dialogue throughout the entire film that was all unnecessary. The writers tried to add heart to this movie and it just didn’t work for me. I would have much rather had a lot less talking and more scenes of buildings getting ripped apart.

Those are really the only complaints I have about San Andreas but they are enough for me to give it a negative review. It is a really fun film that is visually a great time at the theater. However, as far as being a quality movie it falls short, very short. I am honestly a sucker for disaster movies and I’ll see any that come out but I just wish they would stray away from the same exact plot time and time again. Maybe have the story focus on a family that isn’t split up? While I’m ultimately calling San Andreas a bad movie, I do think casual movie fans will enjoy it and not be disappointed so I recommend seeing it if you’re a fan of The Rock or if you like disaster movies.

Have you seen San Andreas? If so, let me know what you think?

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