ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

San Andreas review

Updated on June 13, 2015

My summary: The earthquake hits California and is about to cause half of the state to detach from the rest of the country. A father played by The Rock is a helicopter pilot and is recently divorced has to team up with his ex-wife to find their daughter and her new friends before the area detaches.

The Good: The special effects are well done with everything looking as if the entire screen would explode. This reminded me of other disaster films like 2012, Twister, and the Day After Tomorrow. The Rock is not giving an Oscar worthy performance but he does better than you'd expect. He clearly knows how to survive any disaster and he doesn't make you cringe when he tries to act. You just feel like giving him a pat on the back after each scene. Paul Giamatti stars as the scientist who somehow pulls it off without going crazy or seeming awkward. He predicted this would happen but no one listened to him and he just tries to find a way to inform the public to get out of California. His character is the kind you aren't afraid of or disgusted by rather you want to be a student to. He speaks his lines believably and he always gets the tone just right. I always wanted to see him on screen and never felt he was just a tool to use to get the science mumbojumbo out to the audience. The suspense is here at times and when it is done right it really works.

The Bad: Considering this is a blockbuster it will be very easy to make fun of it. The plausibility of everything from the car crashes to the drowning to the survivors is all out the window. Just don't expect to believe anything you see. A fragile human girl rolls over her car down some rocks and not only is she alive without a broken neck her entire roof is still attached. The mother after being through a collapsed building (yeah she made it out) is shown a few minutes later during a deep part of the movie completely cleaned of any scars, has full makeup and lipstick on, and hair completely dirtless. By the way none of these are spoilers. The Rock's ex in the beginning reveals that she is moving in with her new boyfriend which is interesting because this is something that does happen. The Rock feels hurt because he didn't expect this so fast and the new guy seems to try to connect with their daughter by saying he is not going to take the place of her father. This seems interesting because the guy doesn't seem like he means any harm but you can still understand why The Rock still feels pain and I wanted to see how this would all be worked out. Also The Rock was unable to save a daughter he had from drowning long ago and he blames himself. These are all interesting and complex problems to deal with as it is no one's fault for the emotional complexities so how will they deal with them? By completely playing it as safe and predictable as possible. I won't say how but you will know what I'm talking about when you see it. No risks, no exploration just great build up and little payoff as expected. All the people who will die you can honestly point to after you see them for the first time. It follows the same fake suspense moments you usually see especially when it comes to a person looking like they are going to die and people who end up dying. Basically everything after the earthquake first hits is completely formulaic and predictable.

Verdict: Passable

This film belongs in the late 90s early 2000s period with Independence Day, Twister, Godzilla, Day After Tomorrow, and so forth. It's like a homework assignment that played it safe enough to get a C-. I enjoyed it for what it was which is a mindless disaster film with some pleasures. I would recommend it for people who just want a body rush and pretty images. You probably won't care about the characters except for The Rock because he is The Rock. I wasn't disappointed or impressed just met expectations. As long as you know what you're getting into the film will deliver.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)