AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 25-31: SAN ANDREAS

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Opening May 29, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is San Andreas, is this year’s requisite big-budget visual effects extravaganza from director Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island). Starring Dwayne Johnson as a helicopter pilot struggling to reach his daughter after a massive earthquake rips through California, the real star of the show will surely be those edge-of-the-seat FX effects which showcase large-scale devastation in all its eye-popping glory. Read on…

The casting, however, indicates there’s a narrative of some substance, as fighting for their lives alongside Johnson are the substantial talents of Carla Gugino (TV’s Wayward Pines), Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), Paul Giamatti (Saving Mr Banks) and Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife).  Whatever the story, however, if the trailers promise anything it’s that San Andreas will be one of the most bombastic water-cooler movies of the summer.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

MaryAnn Johanson: My pick is San Andreas. Will it be another big, dumb Hollywood action flick, or will it have more to it? (I’m not gonna hold my breath for the latter.) Read review.

Leba Hertz: I’m going to go for the destruction of San Francisco: San Andreas.

Film Details:

Title: San Andreas
Director: Brad Peyton
Release Date: May 29, 2015
Running Time:  114 minutes
Language: English
Shooting Location(s): California and Australia
Principal Cast: Carla Gugino, Paul Giamatti, Kylie Minogue, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Dwayne Johnson, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson
Screenwriter(s): Chad Hayes, Carlton Cuse, Carey Hayes
Production Company: Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, New Line Cinema, Flynn Picture Company
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Official Website

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Katherine McLaughlin, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Kristy Puchko, Sheila Roberts, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.

Other Movies Opening the Week of May 25-29, 2015:

May 29
San Andreas
Heaven Knows What
Gemma Bovery
I Believe in Unicorns

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.