There is an insane earthquake in Calfornia. It’s massive and destroys lots of stuff. Meanwhile, Ray (Dwayne Johnson), a rescue pilot, goes out of his way to save his ex-wife Emma (Carla Gugino) and daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario). His daughter, abandoned by her soon-to-be step-father Daniel (Ioan Gruffudd) works with Ben (Hugo Johnstone-Burt), an English man and his little brother Ollie (Art Parkinson). And, spoiler alert, while thousands of people die, these guys all get through.
I had a few basic issues with the film – why was Ray able to abscond with a helicopter to safe a couple of specific people rather than any of the thousands that are waiting around to be rescued. Also, poor old Daniel (oh, spoiler alert, he doesn’t make it) is painted as a wuss and loser, when in fact, he has sustained a head injury and is clearly in shock – but he is not The Rock, so he is a wuss. But let’s put those aside – this is a good old classic disaster film. Big action, crazy scenes and miraculous survival. Oh, and we get a couple of Aussies in there for fun – kudos to Hugo Johnstone-Burt who I always loved in the local Phyrne Fisher Mysteries, and yay for a quick Kylie Minogue spotting. Ace times.