The Rock vs nature… There was only ever going to be one winner.
San Andreas is a typical 90’s disaster film, ultra macho main character, world-famous landmarks being destroyed, the promise of spectacular visuals, family drama, and a whole load of cheese. The question is, can this kind of film work in the current market?
There’s no way to not say this, San Andreas feels old-fashioned. There are a lot of damsel in distress moments (there are barely any instances of a man being rescued in the entire film, but PLENTY of women need it), the dialogue has no subtlety, and the story goes exactly the way you expect. But here’s the thing, none of that matters.
The visuals in this film are at times, truly amazing. The scenes of destruction (so… every scene) are brilliantly done, even though we’ve seen it all many times before, and (without wanting to give anything away) the scene on the boat made me sit up in my chair, and my mouth was genuinely open. There’s an unexpected twist in that scene too which really helped, especially since it’s near the end of the film, and I’d almost had enough of the mass destruction.
I want to give a special mention to Paul Giamatti. Dwayne Johnson was really good in this film, it’s by far the best I’ve ever seen him, and he’s come a long way since The Scorpion King, but it’s Giamatti’s scientist who brings the relatability, and helps to break up the action nicely.
It would be wrong to call San Andreas a good film, but it’s unbelievably enjoyable. It was everything I expected it would be, everything I wanted it to be, and much more. On top of that, and this isn’t something I often say, but it looked really good in 3D. This is a film you want to see on the big screen, because it won’t be nearly as good in four years time on channel 5, which is almost certainly where it’ll end up.
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