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Sunday, December 6, 2015

San Andreas (2015)

This is the sort of movie that is well suited for the Rock.  It is an action adventure family movie where the whole fault starts moving and won't stop, with disastrous consequences from Los Angeles to northern California, but San Francisco is particularly hard hit.

Ray (Dwayne Johnson) is an ex-Army fire and rescue worker who can fly just about anything.  His soon to be ex-wife Emma is about to move in with another man, Daniel, and his daughter Blake is about to go off to college in San Francisco.  An earthquake that destroys Hoover Dam send Ray off to Nevada, and Daniel offers to take Blake to school.  Hmmpf.  Ray is not happy about that, but keeps his feelings mostly to himself.  Soon after his helicopter gets in the air, an earthquake strikes LA and through some fancy footwork, he is able to save Emma from a rooftop.  At that point the Nevada trip is on hold, in fact, soon enough so is the helicopter, and the two of them take off for San Francisco to save their daughter.  It is a serious of unfortunate events from natural disaster and a series of unbelievable coincidences, but it all ends well.  The movie has a lot of special effects, some people behaving badly in a disaster, but is largely watchable by older kids as part of a family movie night.

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