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 Tomorrow, 2012or most other natural disaster films? Then you’ve already seen this one.