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  • I was impressed that despite the movie essentially being a disaster movie, the director cleverly managed to weave in a story about a family split apart by mutual grief
  • My favourite scene with Chief Ray Gaines, was when in the opening scene, he was able to rescue a girl trapped in a car that might fall off the side of a cliff
  • She did well in her role and I quite enjoyed the moment where she tries to get Ray to open up about Madeline, for that was the main reason why their relationship fell apart
  • His character didn't have anything to do with Chief Ray's character but I thought it was interesting to have him in the movie


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    I watched San Andreas in IMAX 3D. I’m glad I made that decision because I was able to fully appreciate the visuals. The movie is a natural disaster movie and seeing it in IMAX 3D made it incredibly real. This movie isn’t only about earthquakes as many people might feel after watching the trailer, this highlights that people need a proper earthquake alert system and also the movie explores how tragedy can rip families apart and bind families together.

    The story is about Chief Ray Gaines, a helicopter rescue pilot and a father. His family is in shambles as his wife serves him with divorce papers and is preparing to move in with another man. As a helicopter rescue pilot, he’s called upon when a series of earthquakes- the last being of magnitude 9.6, the biggest in recorded history- affects Los Angeles and later San Francisco. As buildings tumble, fires breakout, he realizes his wife and daughter are in trouble as each contact him about the earthquake. He barely manages to rescue his wife and they both set off to rescue their daughter, to make the family whole again. The daughter, Blake Gaines, is rescued by Ollie Taylor, a man she’d met earlier when he had come for an interview at her mother’s boyfriend’s company. She leads him and his brother through disaster after disaster, including a tsunami, in order to reach her father.

    Meanwhile Dr. Lawrence Hayes has been developing a model to predict earthquakes and he predicts each and every one of the massive earthquakes that hit Los Angeles and San Francisco. For years no one has listened to him speak about a way to predict earthquakes and their magnitudes but he finally has the chance to make people listen and possible save thousands of lives.

    The story of this movie was well executed. It was helped by stunning visuals of buildings collapsing, floods as a result of tsunami’s and even subtle tremors to indicate the beginning of an earthquake. The movie does a great job of maintaining suspense as the mystery of the movie is who survives, who doesn’t and will Chief Ray Gaines repair his family.

    I was impressed that despite the movie essentially being a disaster movie, the director cleverly managed to weave in a story about a family split apart by mutual grief. It was ironic that a disaster was what took them to come back to each other.

    There are parts of the story that the director took liberties with. Chief Ray Gaines is made out to be almost superhero-esque, being able to do feats no mere person can do, such as navigating the waters of a tsunami unscathed or maintaining full strength even minutes after being underwater. Also Chief Ray and his daughter, Blake, seemed to have been gifted with a psychic ability to know where to meet up, despite having no communication. Both cite their faith and skills as to why they know where father/daughter would be but it comes off as unreal.

    There was a moment in the movie that caught me off guard. Near the end of the movie, Blake appears to be dead and her father is giving her CPR. Obviously one would expect a happy ending in which Blake would cough up her water and survive. However Chief Ray Gaines stops doing CPR on his daughter and his wife starts to cry, at which point I’m shocked that she’s dead. Turns out it was the director’s way of dragging out the suspense a little longer as Chief Ray Gaines resumes CPR and is able to revive his daughter.

  • San Andreas - Movie (2015)
  • This is Dwayne Johnson as Chief Ray Gaines, a helicopter rescue pilot. He excelled in his role throughout the movie and showed why he’s a capable actor. He was able to show frustration that his wife had found someone else and yet show the utmost concern for her when he knows she needs help. His character is a leader and a man who’s dealing with the death of his daughter Madeline (she died many years ago), unable to open up to anyone. This has tore his family apart and in many ways its poetic that when the earth rips open, his wounds start to heal.

    My favourite scene with Chief Ray Gaines, was when in the opening scene, he was able to rescue a girl trapped in a car that might fall off the side of a cliff. It was a scene used to elevate how good he is at his job but it also was the start of the continuous line of suspense that persisted in the movie.

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  • This is Carla Gugino as Emma Gaines, the wife of Chief Ray Gaines. She’s served him with divorce papers and she’s getting ready to move in with another man. She did well in her role and I quite enjoyed the moment where she tries to get Ray to open up about Madeline, for that was the main reason why their relationship fell apart. She shows genuine frustration that he won’t let her in and lets him know that this is why she didn’t want to be with him.

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  • This is Alexandra Daddario as Blake Gaines, Ray Gaines’ daughter. She does well in her role and her character, just like her father, is a leader. She uses the skills her father taught her and incredible faith in her parents to navigate her way into uniting her family.

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  • This is Art Parkinson as Ollie Taylor and he serves primarily as a love interest to Blake Gaines. He meets Blake when he arrives at her mother’s boyfriend’s company for an interview. He later goes on to save her during the earthquake, and along with his little brother, travels with her to reach her parents.

    Although he is a quirky character, I feel he was put into the movie to force extra romance into the film. It didn’t work for me, especially when he starts taking Blake’s word for everything, including which direction to head in, when it seems that Blake is taking a foolish risk.

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  • This is Paul Giamatti as Dr. Lawrence Hayes. He’s helped develop a model that can predict earthquakes and their magnitude but for years no one has taken him seriously. Finally, people start to listen when he issues a warning to the public and ends up saving thousands of lives.

    I rather liked Giamatti’s character as he shed light on the earthquake warning systems and how they are inept and that more research into earthquakes should be done. His character didn’t have anything to do with Chief Ray’s character but I thought it was interesting to have him in the movie. It made the movie about every single person surviving the earthquake, rather than just Ray’s family.

    San Andreas is a movie that can only be fully appreciated in theaters. The visuals are outstanding; the damage created by the earthquakes are realistic. Dwayne Johnson excels in his role as Chief Ray Gaines and dominates the entire movie. While the movie is about earthquakes, a story about family is woven into the movie and it all ends in a neat result. I recommend this movie.



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