Saturday, November 28, 2015

Phil sees SAN ANDREAS from Warner Bros. Pictures-November 27, 2015

It's been interesting to watch the career of Dwayne Johnson. Seeing him from his humble beginnings as Rocky Maivia in the then called World Wrestling Federation, to his metamorphosis into the wrestling icon The Rock, the transitioning into one of the most popular actors in Hollywood. Beginning with his big screen debut in THE MUMMY 2 as the Scorpion King, Johnson has grown leaps and bounds as an actor. With his latest action packed film SAN ANDREAS, he proves once again that the man was born to be a superstar.

Theatrical Movie Poster (2015)
The film's official synopsis: California is experiencing a statewide earthquake that goes on record as easily as the biggest earthquake in history. Ray Gaines (Dwayne Johnson) is a helicopter rescue pilot for the Los Angeles Fire Department, who is trying to find his daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario), who is in San Francisco amidst the chaos. Ray's estranged wife, Emma (Carla Gugino), is forced to turn to Ray for help, as he is her last resort. Together, they journey to save their daughter.

Johnson's character was custom made for him: good looking, born leader and a brave individual who's job lands him at odds with his soon-to-be ex-wife. Their situation is very common to those individuals whose careers put their lives on the line. Here, we see Johnson as a flawed man as he puts his job before his family, which in turn creates his present situation. Of course it doesn't help that he's missed out on a lot of his daughter's life, however, she still loves him but wishes he could be there more for her. With the massive earthquake tha ravaged the whole state of California, Ray must now step up to be the husband, father and protector he should've been by going off to find and rescue his family. Johnson does a terrific job at bringing a certain level of depth to his character and also making him a total badass simultaneously.

His lovely co-stars are just as wonderful as well. Carla Gugino is superb as his ex-wife Emma, who has a change of heart towards the end of the film. Hey, if you were married to Dwayne Johnson you'd reconsider too! Don't lie ladies! Gugino holds her own in her action scenes against The Great One. She dives off of collapsing rooftops onto hovering helicopter, jumping out of said helicopter, driving a speed boat through a tsunami flooded San Francisco, basically Emma is one tough mom that you probably wouldn't want to miss with.

And speaking of strong female character, Alexandrea Daddario's character Blake is one smart and tough teenager. When she gets left behind by her mom's lame ass, chicken shit of a boyfriend Daniel played by Ioan Gruffudd aka Mr. Fantastic from the FANTASTIC FOUR films (SPOILER: he dies in the film, but that shouldn't come as a surprise), she befriends British cutie Ben Taylor (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) and his younger brother Ollie (Art Parkinson). While they helped save her from being crushed from a collapsing parking garage roof, she spends the majority of the film saving them! How cool is that idea? The last time I saw Daddario was in the awful 2013 horror film TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D. Now I liked her a lot more in this film because her character was way more fleshed out. We care about her, she has depth and pathos and can hold he own against her male co-stars. Oh, and I love the fact that she's playing an eighteen year old but she's actually 29! Damn she's got some good genes!

And let me just say that Daddario has the most beautiful pure blue eyes I have ever seen. They're like two tranquil pools of water that I wish to swim in. I can look into her soul and see the meaning of life. I found happiness in those beautiful, piercing, aquatic, mesmerizing.........uhhhh......I'm sorry what was I talking about.......mmmmmmm.........oh my review. Sorry about that folks. Kinda lost my train of thought there for a bit. Anyway, Alexandrea Daddario and her amazing blue eyes were awesome in the film!

The movie was directed by Brad Peyton, who also made JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND which also starred Johnson. Peyton is son stranger when it comes to directing big time action films but he has a much larger canvas to work on (along with a much bigger budget). Disaster films are very difficult to helm as the director needs to find the balance between action and character development, thrills and calmness, moving the film forward without sacrificing the story. Peyton does an exceptionally marvelous job of creating a film that caters to these requirements and then some.

Oh and once again, San Francisco is in another Hollywood movie. Hey, I think I'm starting to see a trend here. What do you folks think about that? 

SAN ANDREAS get my vote as one of the best disaster films to come out in the past decade! Fans of this genre will be treated to movie that's filled with action, suspense, humor, interesting characters, spectacular cliffhangers, cool script and the best special effects I've seen in a while. 4 out of 5 stars!! Definitely worth watching!!

SAN ANDREAS is now available on both Blu-Ray and DVD at your local retailer. It's also available at our local Redbox as well as Video On Demand.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!

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