San Andreas – Good, Bad & Ugly Review


Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 49% (Critics) / 64% (Audience)
Directed By: Brad Peyton
Written By: Allan Loeb, Chad Hayes, Carlton Cuse, Carey Hayes
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario and Paul Giamatti
Studio: Warner Bros.
Synopsis: In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his daughter. – (Source)



The Good:
I love the cast in this movie. The Rock is always great and I am a big fan of Carla Gugino and the two of them have a nice easy chemistry from the previous times they have worked together. Alexandra Daddario should be a hug star by now because she is just captivating. And Paul Giamatti never disappoints. Also Ioan Gruffudd played a very believable cowardly weasel.
The CGI was very impressive in this movie too. The devastation was so well done and realistic looking. And the movie is super predictable but in the good way that doesn’t you so much.

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The Bad:
The cornball story that makes up the main plot of the movie is sometimes eye-roll inducing. A fractured family being re-united while California crumbles into the Pacific Ocean in the background was just a bit too saccharine for my cynical black heart.

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The Ugly:
It would have been nice if Archie Punjabi got to do more than hide under desks while the camera shook furiously. And poor Kylie Minogue got an even shorter end of the stick with her role in this movie.

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Final Verdict: As a devout lover of the disaster genre I absolutely loved SAN ANDREAS as the big goofy disaster porn extravaganza that it was. It also helps that the movie has gathered together a great cast of imminently likable actors who all play off one another very well. SAN ANDREAS delivers everything I look for in a disaster flick.

Grade: B

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