Blu-ray and DVD Review: “San Andreas” and “Tomorrowland”

DVD Reviews:

October 13, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) — Two new titles are released today. Brad Bird directs George Clooney in Disney’s “Tomorrowland.” Bird is responsible for such mega-hits as “The Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles” and “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.”

Also new on Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy is “San Andreas,” featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson trying to escape from the worst earthquake ever.

Courtesy: Warner Bros.
Photo Courtesy: Warner Bros.

“San Andreas”
Starring: Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino
Directed by: Brad Peyton
Rated PG-13

“San Andreas” tells the story of a chopper pilot’s search for his missing daughter in the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California.

Ok, I agree the plot is stretched thinner than Dr. Phil’s jogging suit, but disaster movies are the cinematic equivalent to roller coasters, meant to be ridden for the fun of it.

“Earthquake,” “The Towering Inferno,” “Volcano,” “Airport” and in recent years; “The Day After Tomorrow,” “2012” and yes and even “Sharknado” are made to give the viewer a campy thrill.

Look, it’s easy to nit-pick a film made to just entertain, it’s like watching a cartoon and then afterwards complaining that the coyote should have died when the boulder hit him on the head.

Some movies are made just to have some fun, especially if you want to crank-up your new sound system.

So, here’s my advice; pop some corn, settle back and just enjoy the ride.

“San Andreas” gets a B and is rated PG-13.

Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Pictures
Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Pictures

Starring: George Clooney and Britt Robertson
Directed by; Brad Bird
Rated PG

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place located somewhere in time and space called “Tomorrowland.”

“Tomorrowland” is an exuberant film allowing the audience to stretch their imaginations and witness the dream of better future and the realities of maintaining it.

Britt Robertson plays Casey who represents the unfettered dreams and hopes of youth, encapsulating the ideals of making a bright future and that nothing is impossible.

George Clooney as Walter, was young and very much like Casey, but he’s grown old and disenchanted. The future, for him, has become a lot of work and not so shiny any more. But with Casey’s help, Walter begins to realize that the future that is and the future he envisioned aren’t mutually exclusive.

For being just different enough, “Tomorrowland” gets a B+ and carries a PG rating.


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