San Andreas [2015] ★★

 ANDRS_1SHT_MAIN_INTL_2764x4096_masterHistory has taught us that disaster movies rarely rise to their potential. “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact” in the 90’s (sue me), “The Day After Tomorrow” and “2012” in the past decade, and now “San Andreas”, directed by Brad Peyton and starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson”. Despite its impressive visual effects, this earthquake popcorn flick fails in terms of acting, writing and directing. I have to admit though: I like Dwayne Johnson and I see him as the ideal person for this kind of mission. He plays Ray Gaines, an LAFD helicopter pilot who specializes in search and rescue operations. Meanwhile, Dr. Lawrence (Paul Giamatti), is predicting a deadly earthquake from L.A to San Francisco. Is that cue for Ray to step up and save the day? Lol. Not really. Forget about regular citizens, Ray only wants to save his family. And soon enough, the movie turns into a series of recycled cliches. Damn shame. Disaster movie junkies may still get a kick out of “San Andreas”, just to see what a $ 110 million budget and an army of computers can create in 2015. But director Brad Peyton’s disregard for even the tiniest logic turns the film into an unintentional laugh fest.

Rating: 2/4

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