The movie San Andreas took in over $54 million at the box office last weekend. It stars former wrestler Dwayne Johnson — aka The Rock — as a helicopter rescue pilot who goes from Los Angeles to San Francisco during a massive earthquake to save his daughter.
Geologists laugh about the plot because no way does a quake happen that wipes out Los Angeles, San Francisco and Hoover Dam near Las Vegas at the same time. However, a study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface says there are a bunch of fault lines in those areas and — as we all know — the potential of huge earthquakes and tsunamis within 90-miles of the West Coast.
Mark Legg of Legg Geophysical helped write the study. He said, “There are many active faults offshore southern California which could produce greater then magnitude 7 quakes and tsunamis.”
But he agrees the movie is a bit far-fetched. Much damage — Legg said — could occur from what geologists call the California Continental Borderland. It’s a series of undersea faults off the coast of Southern California and Baja.
As for the movie, Weekly Industry News Editor Gary Wolcott also doubles as a movie critic for a Washington State newspaper and a Portland, Oregon radio station. He said, “San Andreas co-star Carla Gugino pretty much sums up the movie at the mid-way point. She tells her soon-to-be ex-husband, Dwayne Johnson’s Ray, if he can’t save their daughter, Blake no one can. Johnson and Gugino — as predictable as pie— save the young woman. What Johnson can’t do is save the movie.”
Wolcott added there are a lot of laughs in San Andreas. None of them intentional.
While you’ve see most of this type of effects before, the effects are pretty good but “a shaky, banal plot ultimately turns this disaster into real disaster,” Wolcott said.
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