Movies Open Forum: SAN ANDREAS written by Robert Reineke May 28, 2015 I could have skipped this one for Modern Myth Media, but given all the discussion on city destroying spectacles over the last few years, perhaps there’s more of interest here than merely being a throwback to disaster movies of the past. Principally, this is a movie where the hero does nothing except save lives which is something of a rarity. Well, at least since SUPERMAN RETURNS. There are no messy issues of responsibility or of whether the whole thing could have been avoided, an earthquake is a subject bigger than mankind and removes a bunch of ethical considerations. On that level, this may be a good barometer as to how audiences are feeling about all of this destruction in a post-9/11 world. On the other hand, most of those old Irwin Allen disaster movies weren’t very good and putting on a shiny CGI face isn’t likely to elevate the movie into something fresh and new. Dwayne Johnson still seems on the cusp of becoming a major star. SAN ANDREAS doesn’t seem like the movie that will hurdle over that barrier, but if SAN ANDREAS opens at all it’s going to burnish his image as a box office draw. So as always, faithful readers, we appreciate your thoughts below. Open Forum: SAN ANDREAS was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related San Andreas 7 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Tomorrowland review next post 12 New ANT-MAN Photos Emerge! You may also like What Could Have Been: Brad Bird’s THE... April 19, 2015 WB Releases MAD MAX Legacy Trailer Celebrating... April 15, 2015 Spielberg And Hanks Build The BRIDGE OF... June 5, 2015 METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER Review September 27, 2013 Jeff Robinov Exiting Warner Bros. June 20, 2013 Open Forum: FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A... August 25, 2014 New TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Poster March 12, 2014 Nolan Officially Piloting ‘Interstellar’ March 8, 2013 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Reveals First Poster July 23, 2014 ENDER’S GAME Scores A Hollow Victory October 31, 2013 stock I’ve seen the trailer and the TV spots a few times. If nothing else it seems way over the top. I get what you’re saying about the current atmosphere of city destroying in movies. In the comic book flicks you never see anyone die. In this flick I don’t see how anyone is going to live. The Rock will live, of course. He’s always going to be 5 feet ahead of the falling rubble, always going to have an extra 30 seconds of air after being underwater for 3 1/2 minutes. Anybody with him, like a partner–they’re a dead man. The other thing is that although Irwin Allen made some hokey disaster flicks, they are usually watchable. I can’t imagine in ten years watching the Rock over and over, do his version of Gene Hackman in the Poseidon Adventure: HOW MANY MORE LIVES?!!! YOU WANT ANOTHER LIFE?!! TAKE ME!!! No disrespect to Johnson, but he isn’t in that kind of league as far as acting chops. Adrian Edmondson This will open big cause it’s the Rock Robert Reineke That seems to be the case here. It’s outperforming expectations and you have to think that the star has something to do with it. Charlie I just don’t understand the appeal of The Rock. His movies are as generic as it gets and so is his acting. stock To be fair, I thought he did a pretty good job in an otherwise unremarkable Hercules. If he gets control over his trademark affectations, he could be a decent to good actor in his usual action roles. But he’s no Gene Hackman. Michael Bradley Just got back form the movie and it was exactly what I thought it would be. Lots of action, close calls, and everything in between! It followed the stranded “Action Movie” script perfectly. Someone going in expecting a “Original” or “Grounded” action movie will be disappointed with this movie. Adrian Edmondson Just saw it this afternoon . The Rock is awesome . Carla G for Catwoman ( Arkham version ) also for the solo Batman film .