Directed by Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), San Andreas is a modern disaster movie. Well, that’s a bit harsh; it’s not actually that bad…
After telling his class about some of the most catastrophic earthquakes in history, CalTech seismologist Lawrence Hayes (Paul Giamatti) then foreshadows that the San Andreas Fault is 100 years overdue for another. Uh-oh.
Dwayne Johnson plays rescue helicopter pilot Ray Gaines. When his estranged wife Emma (Carla Gugino) gets caught inside a crumbling skyscraper, things go as bad as you'd expect from a big budget blockbuster, with debris and people flying in all directions. Once she reunites with her ex, they go on a hazardous mission to find their daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario).
With buildings in flames and ruin, opportunistic looters on the streets, and smoke on the horizon, it becomes clear that the trouble has only just started. The Hoover Dam, Los Angeles and San Francisco all fall victim, with iconic landmarks turning into a showcase for epic CGI destruction. More realistic than the likes of 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow, it’s easier to root for those caught up in the devastation.
Pop legend Kylie Minogue also makes an appearance, along with fellow Aussie Hugh Johnstone-Burt (Home and Away) and Game of Throne’s Art Parkinson.
San Andreas is a 114-minute roller coaster ride of nonstop action. The plot may be wafer-thin, but the charismatic Johnson will keep you rooting for a family reunion. Disengage your brain, grab some popcorn and get ready to rumble.
Blu-ray extras include a commentary with director Brad Peyton, stunt and gag reels, deleted scenes, and featurettes on Dwayne Johnson, the real San Andreas Fault Line and the score.