San Andreas Sunday, 29 March 2020

San Andreas

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Disaster themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    A smashing movie.

  • Starring:

    Alexandra Daddario, Carla Gugino, Dwayne Johnson, Colton Haynes, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Vanessa Ross, Paul Giamatti, Kylie Minogue, Will Yun Lee, Matt Gerald, Art Parkinson

  • Directed by:

    Brad Peyton

  • Running time:

    114 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are crushed/near-crushed, drowned (implied), near-drowned, trapped, thrown through the air, burned, thrown to the ground, thrown to their death (implied), held at gunpoint, punched, thrown overboard, swept away. You name it, it gets wrecked: vehicles, aircraft, buildings, boats, ships, bridges, dam, windscreen, windows, streets, businesses, famous city, major landmarks. Earthquakes, tremors, aftershocks, rockfalls, tsunami. A car is thrown over a cliff edge/dangles precariously. Vehicle collisions, speeding, dangerous driving, theft, looting, helicopter engine failure/crash, plane crashes (implied). Explosions, fireballs, burning buildings/city streets, gunfire. Yelling, screaming, arguing, mass panic. Footage/images of wreckage from earthquakes in Alaska (1964) and Valdivia, flooding. Tours in Afghanistan, getting shot at, Hiroshima mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody cuts, grazes, gash, faces, ear, neck, torsos, arms; bloody nose, lips, mouth, wound. Bleeding head/ear. Objects through skin. CPR, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, people on stretchers/crutches, walking wounded. Lots of people assumed dead.


    Kissing. Teen in bikini, cleavage, tight-fitting clothing.


    Alcohol (cocktails). Bar setting.


    F-word, s-words, a-word. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.


    Earthquakes, San Andreas Fault, seismology, search and rescue, family, father-daughter relationships, brothers, death of a child, grief, news reporting, live television broadcast, tremors, aftershocks.


    Dead daughter (drowning), divorce mentioned. Helicopters, planes, parachuting, birds, tank fish. High/sweeping aerial cinematography.


    Loud, effects-filled, well-executed, bright, bloodless, campy, cheesy, mindless. Terrific cast, spectacular special effects, physicall intense scenes, great/well-rendered computer-generated detail, solid underlying geological principals, huge (implied) body count, occasional twinkle of humour, decent set-pieces, plenty of OMG to look at, blissfully stupid B-movie thrills.


    Formulaic, predictable, clunky, boneheaded. Weak females/characterisation/plotting/dialogue, scale of destruction is disproportionate to depicted destruction, stretches belief, ignores body count/devastational impact, lacks tension, disaster footage gets less effective as it goes more over-the-top.

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