San Andreas (2015)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Thriller


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In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey with his ex-wife across the state in order to rescue his daughter.


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28 May 2015 | James_De_Bello
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If you understand what a disaster movie is about and how it works you will go and have a nice experience just as I did, certainly superior to the "2012" or "Day After Tomorrow" dullness.

The usual cheesiness in disaster movie is there, the characters are so stereotypical it's hardly believable and worst of all it commits the usual, stupid mistake of having characters make it out of a situation just in time before everything collapses. This mistakes really annoys me firstly because it repeats itself a dozen times in the film but most of all because it's worthless: it does not add stakes or tension, they would be exactly the same, but except for maybe twice in the film situations get resolved just in time and the uselessness of it really annoyed me. The film tries too hard to give it's characters depth and barely succeeds in it. I cannot deny I was rooting for them, that maybe being due to the fact that the actors involved are honestly all doing a good enough job, but the fact that it tries to achieve character empathy through clichés that have been present in cinema since the beginning of time is ridiculous.

That being said, it does deliver the goods of a disaster movie and delivers them much more competently than the recent disaster films we have seen on the big screen. With the exception of the finale where things are unnecessarily blown up to eleven, there isn't exaggeration. The set pieces are for the major part breath-taking and original enough. I counted actually two times where my mouth totally dropped in genuine amazement. I was riveted by many scenes and this is probably due to the fact that the director never overuses CGI. It is used in the perfect dose, there is enough practicality involved and the fact that the set pieces aren't always the biggest most blown up ones made it better, it gave the film more stakes. Moreover there is a great use of long takes in certain parts of the film, one in particular is very long and threw me right into the action like no other disaster movie ever had done before.

If you know what you are in for you will have a good time and you will be given back your money's worth, you won't want to be re-watching this movie anytime, but that is perfectly fine and fits the film in what it is trying to achieve.

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Trivia

Riddick's headquarters building in San Francisco, where Blake, Ben, and Ollie meet, is the Bank of America Building at 555 California Street. The same building, albeit with special effects, is used in the disaster classic The Towering Inferno (1974).


Quotes

Raymond Gaines: This is not a normal day.


Goofs

When Ray and Emma are flying into San Francisco, they pass over a crowded freeway with a single, narrow overpass. As they are passing the freeway, Emma looks out the window and sees San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which they then pass over. There are several errors in this scene. First and foremost, SFO is not in San Francisco, but is located 8 miles south of the city, in unincorporated San Mateo County. Second, while there is indeed a freeway that passes SFO, known as U.S. Highway 101, however, there is in fact no section of Highway 101 with that type of overpass , or that resembles the freeway shown on screen. The freeway used in the film is in fact a section of highway near Brisbane, Australia.


Crazy Credits

The end credits scroll with a bend at the top and bottom of the screen, as though they are on a rotating seismograph drum. Seismic lines, increasing in intensity, can be seen on the left side of the frame.


Soundtracks

Up On The Hollow Hill (Understanding Arthur)
Written by
Robert Plant, Justin Adams, Liam Tyson, John Baggott and William Fuller
Performed by Robert Plant
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

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Genres

Action | Adventure | Thriller

Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,588,173 31 May 2015

Gross USA:

$155,190,832

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$473,990,832

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