Overall Rating- 3.5 out of 5 stars
Brief Summary- Will not contain spoilers!
Laurence Hayes (Paul Giamatti) is a seismologist who invents a piece of tech capable of predicting earthquakes and finds that a disaster is upon the country. Ray Gaines (Dwayne Johnson) is an experienced helicopter rescue pilot who is losing his family as he suffers the loss of his daughter. While trying to cope with her loss, he pushes his wife away and with her his other daughter. His daughter Blake is traveling with her mother’s boyfriend when disaster strikes. Ray rescues his wife Emma and they take off to find their daughter in the hazard zone at San Fransisco.
This movie was certainly action packed but had some flaws that separated this film from the greats. Some of the pros included the amazing cinematography, awesome cast, noteworthy action scenes, and deep themes. The only downer which unfortunately affected the entire film was the “cheese” prevalent throughout which could be funny but took away from the storyline. I would definitely suggest this movie to older viewers.
This movie was certainly action packed but had some flaws that separated this film from the greats. Here are some elements that added or took away from the movie:
- Cinematography- This film was packed with sickening but powerful scenes. The cinematography was astounding as the devastation was displayed on a tremendous scale. It was like watching the Titanic sink again. This movie defiantly had some noteworthy scenes.
- Action- Some amazing action scenes took place- the Rock was an excellent choice. He executed his role with the intensity I believe the producer was looking for.
- The Cheese was Real- It is one thing to be serious but it is another to go completely off the deep end. For this reason, however, I along with many friends thoroughly enjoyed the movie. We laughed through most of the film in between the extremely deep scenes just because Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino (his wife) reacted with such cliche sap.
- The cast was awesome- Although the main characters did not provide the relief that was necessary in such a film, they played their roles impressively. The supporting cast was exceptional. Giamatti played an excellent scientist, Ioan Gruffudd was a perfect newscaster, and Ben and Ollie were the sweetest and most charming heroes the director could have casted. These actors and actresses made the movie worth watching.
- Themes- There was a profound theme of forgiving oneself for the past and allowing loved ones to help in troubling times. When Ray finally let his family in, growth and healing became possible. There was also a theme of women empowerment as Blake successfully navigated the boys through the collapsing city. The themes made the story extremely meaningful… just once again the cheese was too much for me to handle.
Morality Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This movie was not inappropriate with the exception of some spotty uses of language. This movie was wholesome and rejuvenating. But obviously there were traumatic events unfolding in the movie that are not appropriate for young viewers.