Our original plan for Saturday night was to watch the latest Bond movie, Spectre, but it appears that it wasn’t out for rental yet. So we scrolled through the list of other recent movies and decided on San Andreas.
The plot of this movie is simple. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, takes on the biggest earthquake ever recorded. That’s basically the movie. Seriously. That’s pretty much it. Well, there’s some side plots about winning back his wife, and finding his daughter, but at the end of the day we’re all watching this movie to see him do incredible heroics while the world collapses around him.
One of the things that I really enjoyed about this movie was how much it followed the standard disaster movie formula, but did it with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson style. The Rock’s estranged wife was with a new guy. Their daughter was heading off to college on her own. Tragedy brought them together to find their daughter in the chaos. Ya, I realize I’m spoiling some plot points, but it’s all been done many times before, and shouldn’t be a big surprise.
In some ways, it almost seemed that this movie was a send-up of the classic disaster movie. The special effects and action scenes were completely over the top, but they really well done, which made it fun to watch. The Rock manages amazing feats of strength, which are sometimes silly, but just plain cool to see. Pretty much every formulaic plot point showed up, and was executed just as you’d expect. But have I mentioned that it also had Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
If you’re looking for a mindless, special effects driven disaster movie, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, I can totally recommend this movie. I’m actually not being sarcastic. It’s actually a pretty fun movie.