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San Andreas 
Enjoyable popcorn flick
3/4 stars

San Andreas is today's vision of The Day After Tomorrow, Deep Impact and 2012 but a lot more fun.

The story San Andreas is about a massive earthquake rocks California, a rescue chopper pilot will stop at nothing to find and save his estranged daughter.

So I just San Andreas and I had a lot of fun watching it, it's not a amazing movie if I'm looking at it closely and yes the movie dose have it's flaws, but really what was I expecting from this movie? well I was expecting Dwayne Johnson character saying really cheesy one liners that are bad but funny. Big CGI environment, dramatic music from every disaster movie out in the 90's and everyone being dead serious. And I got some of that but not that the cheesy one liners which I'm glad it's not in the movie.

Who every says that Dwayne The Rock Johnson can't act...you are right but this guy has been acting for a while now and it's getting pretty old saying he's acting wooden, same with Arnold Schwarenegger he's been performing for almost 40 years now and everybody just accepted his acting as I think everybody knew it got old after a while saying the same thing. Both have something in common, both can't act but at least they both have that likability to them that every time they on screen I'm happy to see them, because they both really likable in real life. Dwayne Johnson in this movie pulled off a action hero very well and at least he had fun with the role and he didn't take it way way too seriously.

Now it comes to disaster movies you got to have good visual effect's and for the most part this movie did have good effect's. It really helped to set the scale of a big disaster and it give the action scenes that solid concrete impact that a movie like this needed.

Now for problems: When I said some of the CG was good, well there was some noticeable and fake looking CG at times. The opening of the movie which involves a car crashing and hanging off a deep hole in the background. Some of the effect's worked and some didn't.

The character's in the movie are so freaking retard and I don't mean Dwayne Johnson, Paul Giamatti and Carla Gugino character's, I mean the supporting character's. This isn't really a spoiler for the movie but these a scene where Dwayne Johnson daughter played by Alexandra Daddario, she's stuck in the middle of this disaster and then she finds out about a tsunami that's on it's way due to all of the earthquake's, and what does she do? goes into a unfinished building that's not even close to done and she thinks that would save her from the tsunami, nope the building couldn't hold the power of a giant freaking waving that's more power then other wave (The movie made that point out about the tsunami and earthquake's) and it starts flood the whole building and soon falls over.

I got nothing against Alexandra Daddario. I've seen her do a solid performance in TV shows and movies, but she wasn't all that great in the movie, actually she was pretty bad. She kept doing that boring looking face even when this big disaster is happening around her.

Overall San Adreas is a enjoyable action movie. As I said before it's not flawless but it's better then most disaster movies that we got today. I thinking if this movie came out in the 90's this would have been a smash hit and this could have been the next Independence Day, just think about it.


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