Verdict: Scary Reality
Cool effects, good acting and OK story.
Ray (Dwayne Johnson) works as a rescue chopper pilot and when news of a seismic earthquake hits California he rushes over to save his daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario) with his ex-wife Emma (Carla Gugino). While Blake tries to find safety, she is accompanied by Ben (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) and his younger brother Ollie (Art Parkinson). Also in this is Paul Giamatti as Lawrence who works and studies tectonic activity, and Archie Panjabi as Serena, a news reporter. Directed by Brad Peyton.
Being about earthquakes, this film is not very far from reality, however it does make me question the likelihood of the size of this earthquake ever happening. We have all heard about earthquakes and their devastating effects (one of which is the creation of a tsunami), but this film seemed to exaggerate quite a bit. It was like the natural disaster of all natural disasters.
The effects were very good, and seemed pretty real. But as I just mentioned, it was a bit too much. Buildings crashing, roads cracking, windows breaking and mass panic everywhere. Seemed like something from The Avengers movies, with destruction after destruction.
The acting was good and pretty believable. I can relate the actors to their characters, and Dwayne Johnson fits this kind of character, being the ‘hero’ in a family setting. Alexandra Daddario also did a good job and I liked how her character was pretty smart acting. I also really liked Art Parkinson, he played his part well and was very cute too. I’m a fan of Colton Haynes (Arrow), but he was only in the film for a bit in the beginning.
The storyline is basically centred around the disaster, but with a touch of family cohesion in there. So while it was not boring (it was very action-packed), the story was pretty average.
PROS: Effects, acting
CONS: Reality?, story
I give this a 6/10.
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