Sunday, 31 May 2015

San Andreas

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.

San Andreas is directed by Brad Peyton and stars Dwayne - the Rock - Johnson. This film is the next 2012, it knows exactly what it is, it's a big disaster movie. When you go see it, you pretty much know exactly what you are going to get because the trailer told you. I'm not disappointed by this movie because I didn't have much high expectations regarding the story or the characters as those kind of movies have always been a showcase for great cgi. The attempt of the film to be deeper doesn't really rise above the cgi spectacle so it sort of falls flat. For the most part the acting is good enough but feels sometimes a little bit over the top, except for Paul Giamatti who was really good. The Rock is cool, he can rescue people, fly an helicopter and drive a boat. Moreover, the script and the lines in this film, for god sakes, they are so cheesy. Writers tried to focus on characters after the cool things happened and the pace slowed down and get boring because it is just the same thing over and over again. For the characters development to work and the viewers to care about those specific characters they should have found a balance, especially in a movie that is just about destroying things. The special effects look mostly good but it's like two different people created them. 

Overall San Andreas is full of cgi spectacle, buildings falling and explosions. These people know how to operate a good disaster movie but they don't know how to write good and interesting characters.

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