I must say that I love watching The Rock in movies FAR more than I liked watching him wrestle. He was great at wrestling but I think he belongs on screen instead of in the ring. Great movie, awesome action scenes!
This movie is pretty well made, and directed. I think the actors do a really good job at portraying the fear and devastation that would occur if a major disaster event like this occurred. This movie isn't very scientifically accurate. They get the basic understanding of tectonic plate movement and earthquakes, but they have minor factual errors occurring consistently throughout the film. There's also the extremely unrealistic situations that are played off as Hollywood stunts, like riding through the wave of a tsunami, that are completely scientifically inaccurate. If you can get past the educational faults, it's worth a watch!
Ok, so what can I say? If you enjoy pure action, high drama and a barrowload of coincidences and near misses then this is the film for you.
I lost count the number of times someone escaped by the skin of their teeth sheer moments before a building collapsed or a bridge or a ship comes careering up Main street.Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad film, it's just all so predictable and gung ho and overly 'YEAH USA, USA, USA'. Sometimes it would be good to watch an Action film that perhaps wasn't quite as far fetched as Hollywood seems to like.
The ease at which buildings were ripped apart like sheets of paper was frightening. Surely in an area such as San Francisco which is in a high risk Earthquake zone buildings are constructed to a standard so as to be resistant to tremors. The buildings here were destroyed like the Three Pigs house of Straw. No building or structure escaped undamaged and that just simply wouldn't happen.Much of the film was well acted, i'm beginning to become a bit of a fan of Dwayne Johnson, he's not a bad actor in the films I've seen him in ( other than the Mummy/Scorpion King which were just really bad films), Alexandra Daddario seems fairly versatile in her acting and done a decent job here... On the whole there were no major complaints about the acting ability of the cast, perhaps the direction left a bit to be desired at times, but you can't blame the Actors for that.Some of the effects were well executed, the rippling of the ground as the tremors struck was nicely done, though as mentioned earlier they went a bit OTT with the destruction side of things.Overall not bad as a film, as a piece of eye candy not to be taken seriously.
But please, Hollywood, can we have a change from the norm. This type of film could be excellent but they rely far too heavily on these coincidental occurrences tightly packed into the 90 minutes and often the storyline ends up lacking.
In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey with his ex-wife across the state in order to rescue his daughter. I had the pleasure to see this action flick back in theaters in 2015 and it didn't disappoint in fact it's better than it gets credit for, The Rock and the rest of the Cast do a great job in their roles and the cgi and the effects in general are fantastic and even tho there's some over the top action scenes it still works thanks to it's Cast and Crew for their hard work plus fans of Disaster Movies won't be left disappointed since all hell breaks loose in certain areas. (10/10)