CINEMA REVIEW: San Andreas (12A)

Dwayne Johnson stars in disaster movie San Andreas.

Dwayne Johnson stars in disaster movie San Andreas.

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Super buff Dwayne Johnson is the action hero of many a girl’s dreams, and he’s the perfect protagonist in disaster movie San Andreas.

The former wrestler is sure to make plenty of cinema goers swoon as helicopter pilot Ray.

Right from the off, we’re thrown into a tense and terrifying atmosphere with nail-biting action and plenty of those hide-your-eyes moments.

After a worrying opening sequence, we are given a glimpse of Ray’s everyday life, balancing his job with the Los Angeles Fire Department, with his estranged wife Emma (Carla Gugino), their daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) and his wife’s new boyfriend Daniel (Ioan Gruffudd).

Tension in the high-octane flick spikes again when a serious of huge earthquakes, predicted by scientist Lawrence (Paul Giamatti), hit California.

The earth is literally split in two as the natural disaster claims countless lives.

Effects in the 3D film are awe-inspiring. From collapsing buildings and bridges to aerial views of shifting tectonic plates causing whole cities to shake, and the devastating aftermath of the quakes, the visuals are horrifying, but amazing and breathtaking.

After disaster strikes, Ray saves Emma and the pair have to team up to find their daughter before the disaster claims her life.

Meanwhile, she’s teamed up with handsome Brit Ben (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) and his younger brother Ollie (Art Parkinson).

But rather than the usual damsel-in-distress type, Blake is the feisty protector of the brothers who won’t quite until they all reach safety.

San Andreas is in cinemas now.

San Andreas is in cinemas now.

The action-packed film has huge effects, an exciting storyline, and is terrifyingly tense, but that’s not all it’s got. It’s also inspiring, touching and quite emotional, and may even bring a few tears to a few eyes.

San Andreas is one of those films that has something for everyone.

San Andreas is out now. See it at Cineworld Boldon. Click here to book tickets.

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The action-packed film has huge effects, an exciting storyline, and is terrifyingly tense, but that’s not all it’s got.