San Andreas

Under normal circumstances, I would never see a movie that scored a 49% on Rotten Tomatoes and was generally considered to be of little entertainment value, let alone having anything relevant for the real world. When San Andreas came out, it was something that I knew I would have to watch regardless of the quality because I live in California and I needed to know what the message of the movie was going to be.

Minor spoiler alert. I won’t go into deep plot details, but the spoiler comes at the end after the catastrophe is over when the message was delivered. In short, it was “trust the government to fix things when catastrophes happen.” Yes, there were mentioned of FEMA. Yes, the government swooped in to help the survivors. Yes, the end message was about rebuilding.

As a movie, it was about as cheesy as they get. As a proper examination of the risks facing California, it could be argued that the concept of preparation was righteous, that there were brief mentions of God and a scene with a family praying, and there was even a little positive regarding how to react in case of a major earthquake. Kudos to the team for demonstrating both types of survival techniques – “drop, cover, and hold on” and “the triangle of life.”

Whether this was predictive programming or simply something to make us pay $17 for a 3D movie ticket doesn’t really matter. The message they promote was about as easy to predict as most movies.

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Under normal circumstances, I would never see a movie that scored a 49% on Rotten Tomatoes and was generally considered to be of little entertainment value, let alone having anything relevant for the real world. When San Andreas came out, it was something that I knew I would have...