We went out on Wednesday night to see “San Andreas” at the Reel Cinemas at the Dubai Marina Mall. “San Andreas” is an Action-Adventure / Disaster film directed by Brad Peyton and starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Carla Guigino, Loan Gruffudd and Alexandra Daddario.
The story in short: After the infamous San Andreas Fault gives, triggering a magnitude 9-plus earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.
I somehow like catastrophe movies, no matter if The Day After Tomorrow or 2012 , somehow these movies attract me. So when temperatures rise, then also the water level is increasing. At least that is the general hypothesis for the planet as a whole, and it has many uses as a metaphor, as evidenced by some of the new movies. And the climate is so basically everything: the financial crisis, the agriculture, even the tectonics of this planet with the heated inside.
That it totally goes down the drain with planet earth because of this civilization, is just a suspect. Brad Peyton disaster film “San Andreas” works very hardly imaginary apocalypse. But here this misfortune is not made by humans. The rumbles between the plates on which our earth’s surface rests has nothing to do with fracking or even with the search for Oil . Despite this nowadays movies always feel somehow as if somebody wants to presented a bill for all this with it.
One could speak of a “Roland Emmerich-effect” here which is, however, in “San Andreas” distorted into the grotesque. We follow here for almost two hours a man who has alienated a helicopter of the Fire Department of Los Angeles for the only reason to free his daughter out of a mess in that whole California is stuck. The San Andreas Fault, a geological weak point of the Sunny State opens up a gap. San Francisco is located at the end of this gap, the corresponding earthquake comes there with a value of 9.5 on the – as everyone knows – upwardly open Richter scale. The effect is, a bit surprisingly, a flood of legendary proportions.
Rarely one has demonstrated the complexity of the reducing logic of American mainstream cinema so strikingly as in “San Andreas”, where the drama of a broken family (the tectonic mother plate rubs against the tectonic father plate, and as does the planet) is pushed so far to the front, that you would actually prefer to call the therapist rather than the National Guard. Some impressive scenes like the collapsing Golden Gate Bridge are sadly just briefly seen. The drama of the relation was for me not that interesting in this magnificent setting.
Roland Emmerich has from now on huge competitor with Brad Peyton. Like Emmerichs “The Day After Tomorrow” or “2012” as well Peyton (“Journey to Mysterious Island”) plunders extensively on the disaster movies of the seventies and digitally lifts the destruction factor to new heights. Dwayne Johnson does quite well as the successor of “earthquake” victim Charlton Heston.
Movies like “San Andreas” should not be taken too seriously. It offers well-made action entertainment, leaves no cliche unserviced, but remains exciting and consistent in its over-the-top dramatic composition. The villain is slain by a container ship, and at the very end the angry San Andreas Fault keeps quiet. The happy reunited family can finally start with the cleanup. We learn here that an earthquake is often the last chance for saving a relationship…
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