"San Andreas" is this summer's disaster film as it deals with monstrous earthquakes which destroy most of San Francisco along the San Andreas fault line. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Paul Giamatti, and Alexandra Daddario in the lead roles as each of them leads their own section of the film itself.
As this is an action film, it can be quite predictable. The lead characters always just barely get out of life-threatening situations which the average person would die in and the general direction of the story can be seen from a mile away. That said, it is an extremely visually appealing film. The special effects which create the large scale destruction which surrounds these characters looks fantastic and I noticed almost no issues in regards to the CGI.
The music in the film is also extremely well done as it allows exciting scenes to really be brought out more than they otherwise would be. Most of the time, film scores stay in the background and aren't very noticeable, but the dramatic crescendos which occur during exciting scenes really bring them to life. Andrew Lockington composed some really great stuff.
Unfortunately, one of the more annoying parts of the film was Ioan Gruffud's character. Having watched him for the last TV year on "Forever," I grew very used to his British accent so hearing him use an American one threw me for a loop I could never really get over. The character himself, who is dating Daddario's mother, is something of an asshole, a characteristic which shows itself repeatedly throughout the course of the movie.
Daddario was accompanied for most of the film by two British brothers on holiday to America (poor timing on their part). Actors Hugo Johnstone-Burt and Art Parkinson bring a large amount of comedy to the film, especially at the beginning when Johnstone is trying to talk to Daddario's character with the help of his smooth-talking younger brother. This duo worked really well and I found them to be one of the better parts of the film.
As I mentioned briefly above, there are three stories running through this film and they actually work together well. One is Dwayne Johnson trying to find his family amidst all of the chaos and destruction going on; one is Alexandra Daddario and the British boys trying to find her dad while surviving the occasional earthquakes which pop up every so often; and the last one is Paul Giamatti predicting the earthquakes and trying to get word out to the rest of San Francisco about when they are going to happen. Like I said, these all work well enough and keep the film moving at a good pace. I never felt bored while watching the film as the character relationships and the occasional mention of sister's death kept me curious. Along with the massive destruction which was happening on screen.
"San Andreas" is a film with the problems which generally tend to plague disaster films of this sort, but the story and character relationships, along with fantastic visuals, kept me interested for the long run. Strong performances by Johnson, Daddario, and Giamatti helped out as well and kept me engaged for the whole two hours. I do tend to enjoy disaster movies I'm slowly realizing (I loved "Into the Storm" last year) so maybe there's a slight bias, but "San Andreas" is a good film which most people will enjoy if they can get passed all of the predictability which comes with the territory.
But those are my thoughts. Leave your opinions about "San Andreas" down in the comments!
Check out my video review of "San Andreas" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYw7tTZ2I5Q