Movie Review: San Andreas

San Andreas is the latest of the blockbuster, devistation movie that we have all seen before. If you have seen the Roland Emmerich movie’s 2012 or The Day After Tomorrow, then you know what to expect when seeing this film. But I still found myself interested for the two hour runtime.

San Andreas stars Dwayne Johnson (Gridiron Gang, Walking Tall) as Raymond Gaines, a rescue-chopper pilot who sets out to save his estranged wife and daughter when California is hit with a devistating earthquake. But just when the people of California think it is over, the earthquake hits again and then even causes a tsunami that brings the west coast into complete chaos. But Raymond and his wife, Emma, already know the feeling of losing a daughter, so they battle through the conditions and try to rescue their daughter at all cost.

San Andreas also stars Carla Gugino (Watchmen, Night at the Museum) as Emma Gaines, his estranged wife, and  Alexandra Daddario (Texas Chainsaw 3D, True Detective) as Blake Gaines, the daughter caught in between two parents. Paul Giamatti (Straight Outta Compton, Sideways) stars as Dr. Lawrence Hayes, a scientist who discovers that the people of California are not out of harm’s way. And Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) stars as Daniel Riddick, Emma’s new boyfriend that does not quite live up to her estranged husband.

The casting of this movie is probably it’s strongest asset. Along with a superb main cast, San Andreas also features Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson, Will Yun Lee, Kylie Minogue, and Colton Haynes. All of these supporting actors rounded out a fabulous casting in the movie. However, it is Johnson that leads the way. From wrestling as The Rock to starring in smaller movie roles, Dwayne Johnson has really paved his way into Hollywood and become one of the biggest stars today. And while some films use his physique as a focus, this movie relied on that less and Johnson showed more true acting chops.


But while the casting was great and it kept me interested, it won’t be a movie for everyone. As I stated earlier, if you have seen a disaster movie, you have really been down this route. San Andreas was almost like the baby of Roland Emmerich and Michael Bay. Most of these films follow a formula and this one was no exception. It had all the makings of a tried and true formula and that was its major downfall.

From the disaster awaiting to the story of a troubled marriage being tested, San Andreas is predictable to a fault. But with stellar acting and really good CGI, the movie seems a step above the rest. San Andreas was what it was supposed to be. A summer blockbuster that takes it audience on a ride. And it succeeded in doing just that.

Daryl Karpinski, Jr.