by Troy Grzych
San Andreas (2015)
Okay, so let’s face it. San Andreas looks like nothing more than your typical natural disaster/destruction flick but with better special effects than you’d see on a SYFY Channel movie of the week. From Towing Inferno in the 70’s to 2012 the formula is well in place. Gather a large group of individuals with no seemingly relation to each other, throw in a whole lot of destruction of national and iconic landmarks, and then see how all of the said characters eventually link up before they are tragically killed off one by one till your main hero/heroine and their love interest or child survives.
With that said, I do like disaster movies as long as the special effects are spectacular. I want to say, “WOW! I’ve never seen that building blow up quite like that before” or after a large booming explosion I utter, “HOLY SHHHHH!” This trailer seems to deliver on all these accounts for me. It gives you enough short fast paced shots of collapsing buildings and heroic poses from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to fill out this teaser trailer.
Now I know that San Andreas will never win an Oscar nor enter my top 20 flicks of all time, but when I eventually see it, and I most likely will, (probably when it comes out on cable) it will be because of one FRAME. The shot of the helicopter racing through a crumbling Los Angeles as buildings collapse narrowly missing its crew. This FRAME is definitely reminiscent of an almost exact situation in 2012 when John Cusack flies a plane thru a city as buildings rain down upon it. Even though it’s a copycat moment, it gets my heart pumping and eager to see San Andreas…eventually…someday. The film opens May 29, 2015.
Framed: Movie Trailers
I could spoon feed you the same old mushy meal that is your standard movie trailer review. I could go into depth and detail describing tidbits that you could simply see for yourself by watching it countless times in heavy rotation on YouTube until you’ve cooked your noodle and seared every nugget of footage into your corneas…but that’s not what FRAMED is. A trailer is a tease, a glimpse, a snapshot of what the movie is and what it could be and FRAMED is exactly that. It’s about finding that one single shot, one moment, one individual FRAME that lingers with you and propels you to zip over to the nearest multiplex with Mike n’ Ikes and a large diet soda in tow and form a line a year in advance of the film’s release.