I love a good disaster movie.
From The Day After Tomorrow to Apollo 13, they never fail to entertain, thrill, and keep audiences at the edge of their seats. These films make a trip to the movies worth while, enabling us to sit back and let our minds rest as shit hits the fan on screen.
This past weekend, Dwayne Johnson’s latest flick, San Andreas, pulled in a huge $54.6 million in North America ticket sales, proving that the ‘The Rock’ can indeed pull solid crowds. The film follows the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, as rescue-chopper pilot named Ray (Johnson) makes the terrifying journey across the state to rescue his daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario). The wonderful Carla Gugino plays Johnson’s soon to be ex wife Emma, who is set to move in with her millionaire boyfriend played by Ioan Gruffudd.
San Andreas was directed by Canadian-born Brad Peyton, who so far is best known for his work on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (the sequel to Journey to the Centre of the Earth). What he delivered was exactly what the film needed to give audiences – outstanding special effects and fun set pieces. Writer-producer extraordinaire Carlton Cuse (Lost) penned the script, which seemed to throw every challenge imaginable at the film’s protagonists, not to mention it gave Carla Gugino’s character one hell of a stand-out line: “If you’re not dead already I’m going to fucking kill you”. In her character’s defence, she just found out that her boyfriend left her daughter trapped in a car. The audience (knowing very well that they should be rooting for the demise of the dreaded step-father-to-be) erupted with applause.
True to form, Dwayne Johnson was front and centre of all the action, playing the brave hero struggling with guilt over the death of his youngest daughter, while trying to rescue the only one he has left. From dangling out of helicopters to holding his breath underwater for an alarmingly long time, Johnson proved once again that he is perhaps the world’s hugest action star, with no signs of slowing down.
San Andreas gained plenty from its supporting cast which included the always terrific Paul Giamatti and Archie Panjabi, not to mention an absolutely adorable, scene-stealing Art Parkinson as Ollie. True Detective’s Alexandra Daddario was breathtaking as the savvy and quick-thinking Blake, while her love-interest Ben (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) played the perfect gentleman.
San Andreas was thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end, and if you’re looking for a few hours of pure escapism, I can’t recommend it enough.