Earthquakes have always threatened southern California, and scientist have continuously predicted that one day a large one may hit the state and crash it into the ocean. Using scientific research and some excellent special effects this story delivers an example of what it might be like.
Chief Ray Gaines (Dwayne Johnson) commands a helicopter emergency rescue team. His passion is saving lives and will do anything to complete the mission. He is due for some time off and is planning to drive his daughter Blake Gaines (Alexandra Daddario) to college. When it is time to go pick her up, Ray must confront is ex-wife Emma Gaines (Carla Gugino) and her new boyfriend Daniel Riddick (Ioan Gruffudd). Daniel is a billionaire who owns the most prestigious engineering company in California that develops large skyscrapers throughout state.
While performing some tests on ground movement Lawrence (Paul Giamatti) a seismologist for the California Institute of Technology and his co-worker Dr. Kim Park (Will Yun Lee) discover a way to predict earthquakes. During their investigation at Boulder Dam they experience a major earthquake that destroys the Dam.
On the verge of total destruction the entire west coast of the United States faces total annihilation. Our heroes must brace for what they will experience and how they may help others to survive this mass devastation that they all will soon encounter.
Director Brad Peyton delivers destruction at its best. His special effects single handily destroys California. Crashing buildings, crumbling cliffs, and rushing water, he brings it all in this film. He also manages to put together an entertaining story that centers on a small group of characters.
If you are looking for total obliteration, no way out situations, and dramatic circumstances this is for you. This action pack film will keep you on edge throughout the story and includes some of the best special effects of the year.
Final Grade: I give this a C+ for its excellent special effects.
Release Date: May 29, 2015
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, and Paul Giamatti.
Director: Brad Peyton
Writer: Carlton Cuse (screenplay), Andre Fabrizio (story), and Jeremy Passmore (story).
Runtime: 114 minutes (1 hours and 54 minutes)
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense disaster action and mayhem throughout, and brief strong language.
Genre: Action, Drama, and Thriller.
Production Company: Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, and New Line Cinema.