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Film Review: San Andreas

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 08.25.48Directed by Brad Peyton

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Paul Giamatti & Alexandra Daddario

Chief Ray Gaines (Dwayne Johnson) is head of a local emergency rescue unit in the state of California. The San Andreas Fault has triggered the largest magnitude earthquake in recorded history, forcing sizeable chunks of Los Angeles and San Francisco to tumble like dominoes and, as the earth gives way, Ray immediately sets out to find his ex-wife Emma (Carla Gugino) and daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario). By ‘immediately’, I mean he seems to completely forget his job title and associated responsibilities, and essentially hijacks a helicopter.

Meanwhile, Dr. Lawrence Hayes (Paul Giamatti) tries to alert the national media of the area’s impending doom and urges the respective populations to get out while they still can. The audience’s POV switches from The Rock, to Giamatti and over to Daddario, saved by (and vice versa) a handsome Brit engineer, Ben (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) and his younger brother, Ollie (Art Parkinson), as the world splits apart from three different perspectives.

The characters are briefly introduced, before the audience plummets into a solid two hours of relentless explosions and noise and mayhem and christ-when-will-it-stop action. In fact, the plot may seem quite familiar, right down to the estranged wife and child in peril. Have you ever watched The Day After Tomorrow2012or most other natural disaster films? Then you’ve already seen this one.

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Film Review: Home

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Directed by Tim Johnson

Starring Jim Parsons, Rihanna & Steve Martin

As I towered above the vibrating mass of sugar-hyped kids, standing a couple of inches over 6ft and weighing-in at around 14 stone, it suddenly dawned on me that I had become a walking cliché of the term ‘big kid’. I politely passed on the photo-opp with the extraterrestrial star of the film, sensibly declined the swollen mounds of free sugary snacks and, instead, patiently took to my seat… who am I kidding? I took 27 selfies with the damn alien and knocked back successive jelly shots, like a child trying to erase the memories of an awful week; I also binged on alien face cookies. But to the film…

Oh (Parsons) is a unique character amongst a race of conformist ‘Boov’ aliens, dutifully following the commands of their leader Smek (Martin). Boovs hold pride in their cowardice and being “the best species at running away,” but running away requires a host planet. Earth is the new target, as they attempt to escape their nemesis, the Gorg, but there’s just one issue: it’s already inhabited. Does this matter? Not at all, so long as you immediately accept the human race’s relocation to ‘Happy Humans Town’, a theme park style town in the middle of Australia.

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