By movie critic Scooter Van Neuter
I attended an advanced screening Wednesday night of Warner Brothers new blockbuster disaster film, San Andreas. The film features "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson as a Los Angeles Fire Dept. search and rescue helicopter pilot. Some fairly hot woman who I didn't catch her name plays his estranged wife while other actors and actresses play his daughter, the wife's rich boyfriend, and others. The cast is excellent, at least as far as The Rock goes.
Although I missed the beginning, thanks to being forced to wait for fresh popcorn (don't get me started!), the plot revolved around earthquakes and The Rock flying all over the place in his helicopter. Let me say here that The Rock really carried this part. He looked exactly like he was really controlling the chopper - moving the steering stick like a real pilot, not like a wrestler at all. Anyway, there's massive earthquakes and everything collapses while The Rock flies overhead. His daughter gets involved in the earthquake and The Rock spends most of the movie rescuing her and even though I had to leave early to pick up my girlfriend at her mother's house, I'm reasonably certain The Rock also got his wife back after beating the crap out of her rich boyfriend.
The action scenes were absolutely first rate, and judging by the amount of Los Angeles they destroyed, this film is easily the most expensive motion picture ever made. The guy next to me in the theater claims they substituted realistic models of the Golden Gate Bridge and Hoover Dam, but considering he was a critic like myself and did not participate in the film's production, I would take his comments with a grain of salt.
The music was okay, and the seats were very comfortable and able to recline a little - I like that. Despite the fact none of the actresses lost their tops, the move was good. I rate it 3 1/2 out of 4 rubber dog toys.