According to the first sentence in the production notes for the latest Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson action film (which also happens to be an epic-scale disaster movie) “San Andreas imagines the largest magnitude earthquake in recorded history.”
Obviously, the filmmakers have decided to set this one along the San Andreas Fault, which means Los Angeles—hello Hollywood—and San Francisco are totally going to get hit hard.
Unfortunately, I missed the special screening for this one at the 4DX cinema where I imagine a whole lot of shaking will be going on during its run there. You’d probably want to go there for the “ride” and effects more than the story. After all, this is not “The King’s Speech.”
No matter what I say about it, this movie will sell itself. With Dwayne in the lead and all the recent talk about our own West Valley Fault and a big earthquake drill in July—people will flock to the cinemas.
For those of use who are too cheap to watch a disaster flick—there is always the local news.
Now that we’ve got the disaster part done, let’s talk about love.
I can’t remember the last time I watched a “chick flick.” Could it have been The Lake House with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves in 2006? So instead of going in to see Mad Max: Fury Road for the third time, I went to Age of Adaline. Better known to me as the chick flick with Han Solo and Daario Naharis (oh yeah and Serena van der Woodsen).
It’s pretty much a mo-dern day fairy tale about a wo-man who stops aging. It is light enough—you get to see the swaggering Daario Naharis a.k.a. Daenerys or Khaleesi’s lover on Game on Thrones a.k.a. Michiel Huisman turn into jello for Blake Lively (Adaline) and you get to see Harrison Ford play Daario’s dad.
One actor to look out for here is Anthony Ingruber. In 2008, a video of him impersonating Harrison Ford went, as they say, “viral.” It tickles me to find out, he got cast as the young Harrison Ford here. I almost thought they were using CG to make that character come alive!
Another piece of trivia about Ingruber—he’s lived in the Philippines. I wonder where and under what circumstances.
San Andreas opened on Thursday and is out on 2D, 3D and 4DX formats. Age of Adeline opened over a week ago.