Disaster porn – San Andreas review

Disaster flicks are surprisingly difficult to get right. As simple as you may think it is, it has to be just right to keep our attention. Look at The Day After Tomorrow; special effects were great, but the story was a bit dull and the film itself got boring in its second act. How about 2012; special effects were fantastic, but the cast and also the story just weren’t right and it felt more like a mockery of the 2012 theory rather than a decent disaster movie. However, I’m glad to be able to say that after viewing San Andreas, I’m very pleased.

San Andreas, directed by Brad Peyton, tells the story of a series of catastrophic earthquakes on the west coast of North America, specifically focusing on San Francisco and Los Angeles. Amidst this we have a separated family trying to reach each other through all the destruction.

Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) stars as the father, and also the high flying hero. He just keeps getting better and better doesn’t he? I mean we all love him in the Fast and Furious films, but it’s nice to see him have the majority of a film focused on his actions. An absolute tank as always, he fills the screen with his huge physique, but also brings an impressive performance to the table as well.

The others in the cast shined as well, especially the two brothers, showing great chemistry makes them even more fun to watch.

Now, the special effects – incredible. Like seriously wow! The fact that the film is filled with the thrilling sequences of total destruction is a major plus, but there is one slight negative. There is only so much you can see a building fall and be gobsmacked. Don’t get me wrong, they’re still enjoyable, but perhaps a bit much. Luckily, scenes like the one involving the tsunami breathe more life into the film.

BOOM. (© – mtv.com)

If you really hated 2012, then maybe stay away from this. But, if you’re a lover of Emmerich-style disaster porn, I’d go see this. Even if you’re just looking for entertainment this is a good filler, plus The Rock is in it – has that in itself not convinced you?

Rating: Crackin

Check out the trailer below.

What you thinking? Am I immature? Is this kind of thing outdated nowadays? Or did you love it? Let me know in the comments below or send a tweet using the widgets to @frew_cameron.

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