San Andreas is a 2015 American disaster film directed by Brad Peyton. The screenplay was written by Carlton Cuse, with Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore receiving a story credit. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti, Archie Panjabi, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson, Ioan Gruffudd, and Kylie Minogue.
Raymond ‘Ray’ Gaines (Dwayne Johnson) is a Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter-rescue pilot. In the midst of a divorce from his estranged wife, Emma (Carla Gugino), he calls his daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) to discuss their upcoming trip to San Francisco. Meanwhile, Caltech seismologist Lawrence Hayes (Paul Giamatti) and his colleague Dr. Kim Park (Will Yun Lee) are at the Hoover Dam making a breakthrough in earthquake prediction when an unknown fault nearby ruptures, triggering a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that collapses the dam and kills Park in the process when he stays on the dam to save a little girl. When Ray is called into work, Blake reluctantly decides to go with her mother Emma’s new boyfriend, Daniel Riddick (Ioan Gruffudd), a wealthy real estate developer, to San Francisco where he is completing a downtown high-rise building.
Hayes discovers that the San Andreas Fault is starting to shift, causing a massive 9.1 earthquake that starts ripping apart major cities along the fault line and thats where the story begins…
The action and the special effects are wonderful. The story pulls you in. You are engaged. The movie in 3d is not overpowering but just right. It works and keeps a good pace. The movies main story is about the disaster of an earth quake hitting san francisco that just so happens to be caused by the san andreas fault.
The disaster movie plays back seat at times to the disaster that is the marriage and family relationships of the main characters. The movie also speaks to the concept of male disposability when the token asian gets killed to save a young girl whose mother thinks nothing of the act. This concept is further developed in the way the emma treats the men in her life. In this way, its a great movie to forward feministic ideals while at the same time giving a good dose of action.
Due to the way the movie is structured, I can overlook the feministic ideas. The movie is that solid and good. The feministic ideas will make it a one time watch for many precisely because it is a realistic portrayal of the way men are handled in todays world. It hits a bit too close to home for some…