Earthquakes and Dinosaurs

Still from San Andreas
Still from Jurassic World

Time flies so fast and I didn’t even realize it was already the 3rd week of July! To celebrate, I decided to make reviews of two movies I watched last month: San Andreas and Jurassic World. With the former tackling major earthquakes that could happen in real life, and the latter showing the possibility of what’s to come when an artificially-created dinosaur gets on the loose on a theme park full of people, well let’s just say my June movie feels were like a roller coaster.

Dwayne Johnson as Raymond Gaines

San Andreas is a disaster film that stars Dwayne Johnson as Raymond Gaines, a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department Rescue Team. In the midst of a divorce from his wife, Emma (Carla Gugino), he calls his daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) to discuss their upcoming trip to San Francisco. However, things did not go as planned due to the numerous earthquakes that occurred caused by the movement of the San Andreas Fault in California. Many innocent lives were taken because of the tragedy and it also lead the family to be separated, Raymond with Emma and Blake with her new found friends, Ben and Ollie.

Alexandra Daddario as Blake with Ollie (left) and Ben (right)

In the end the family was reunited and all the lead stars survived. Now onto the review. The movie was thrilling and it kept me anxious during the entire time I was watching because of how intense the disasters were. And since the movie was in 3D, it made things more realistic. It felt like I was part of the earthquake too. So A+ for the special effects and the cinematography. Generally, the movie was spectacular but if those events were to happen in real life, I’m pretty sure no one would have survived. My only comment for the movie was hoping that at least one of the characters died (how morbid of me) so that the film could have been more realistic. They almost killed off Blake, but I’m pretty sure if you drowned and haven’t regained consciousness after around 10 minutes of CPR, you wouldn’t be alive.

However, no matter how tragic the film seemed, it left a message for its viewers. San Andreas can teach us that there is hope in everything, no matter how dark things seem to be. It also teaches us that being street smart is important, because it can help you get away with anything. Lastly, the movie leaves us a warning to be prepared of anything to come, because no matter how hard it may be to admit, there is always a possibility of an earthquake.

Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas-Howard)

Now, on to the next movie! Finally after almost a decade of waiting, Jurassic Park gets on a higher level with Jurassic World. In this film, the island where the dinosaurs are located has been transformed to a theme park, and is visited by people of all ages. Due to the park’s success, the scientists monitoring the area, headed by Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) created a genetically modified dinosaur called the “Indominus Rex”. Complications occurred and caused the dinosaur to be unleashed to the theme park. In order to solve the problem, Claire asked help from Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), the park’s Velociraptor expert and trainer.

Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) at one of the Jurassic World Attractions

With the pair working together, and also a little help from Claire’s nephews Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins), they were able to restore peace in Jurassic World. Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. The actors were perfect for their roles and the special effects were great. I also laughed at the fact that Bryce Dallas-Howard was able to run in heels for the entire movie. However, in my opinion, I still preferred the classic Jurassic Park movies. But c’mon. Nothing can beat those so this version was actually pretty good already.

Now there we have it for my back-to-back movie review. I’m gonna watch Ant Man tomorrow so stay tuned for my review for that! Till then! 🙂

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10 thoughts on “Earthquakes and Dinosaurs

  1. I don’t watch many films (mostly because me and hubby can never agree what to watch lol) but I like the sound of San Andreas and it sounds like a film we could both enjoy! Thanks for sharing these reviews! x

  2. Thanks for the reviews, my husband is a big Rock fan so I have a feeling I could be going to see San Andreas soon! Great to know what Im getting myself into in advance!

  3. I haven’t seen either of these movies, but I think after all the amazing Jurassic movies from years ago, I would be very inspired to watch Jurassic World. Great shots!

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