The classics of this genre featured danger and destruction on a scale a guy could wrap his head around; a hijacked airplane, a skyscraper on fire, a capsized ocean liner filling with water. But when you live by spectacle, you die by it too. And so the disasters got bigger and bigger, one movie trying to top the next, until it became an arms race of planetary devastation. One movie blows up the White House, the next one washes it away in a tidal wave. Where do you go from there? An exploding tidal wave? At this point, if your disaster movie isn’t eradicating a large portion of the globe, don’t even waste your time.
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It’s The Rock versus The Fault this week, as San Andreas rumbles into movie theaters across the country. The film stars Dwayne Johnson as Chief Ray Gaines, a helicopter rescue pilot with the Los Angeles Fire Department; after Southern California is decimated by “The Big One,” Gaines and his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) must travel to San Francisco to find and save their daughter (Alexandra Daddario). Along the way, many buildings will topple, many cracks will rip the Earth apart, and many extras will die. It’s a disaster movie; that’s what happens.
A few months back, Dwayne Johnson hinted at an earlier release date for Warner Bros.’ Shazam, in which the actor is set to play the villain, Black Adam. The film has been scheduled for a 2019 release on WB’s big, busy superhero slate, but Johnson is once again promising that we’ll get to see Shazam much sooner than that.
Dwayne Johnson is a mega star, whose charisma alone can elevate an otherwise mediocre action film (his bulk and toughness don’t hurt, either). The wrestler-turned-actor is currently promoting San Andreas, which looks to be another so-so movie that will draw and entertain audiences based on his star power alone. While doing press for that film, Johnson gave a couple of quick updates on a franchise we’re all a bit more interested in: Fast and Furious.
Dwayne Johnson is one of our most bankable and lovable action stars — whatever he does, you’ll be there. And his next project definitely sounds like something we want to see without even knowing the plot: Alpha Squad Seven, which is described as a sci-fi action comedy, was recently involved in a bidding war between studios, with DreamWorks ultimately scoring the rights.
I know San Andreas is a dark, serious disaster movie about a massive earthquake that decimates most of the West Coast, but c’mon; shouldn’t they have called it That Fault’s A’Rocking? It stars The Rock! It’s the San Andreas fault! It’s rocking! Because the earthquake and he’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnsyou know what nevermind, let’s just move on.
HBO surprised all of us yesterday with the trailer premiere of True Detective Season 2, but buried within the announcement was that Dwayne Johnson’s Ballers and Jack Black geopolitical comedy The Brink would also premiere on June 21. Now, both series have their very own trailers to take in as well, so take a look!
If you go see Furious 7, there’s a lot to enjoy. From cars parachuting out of airplanes to Vin Diesel and Jason Statham fighting to The Rock walking down a city street shooting a helicopter out of the sky with a giant gatling gun. But, there are some smaller moments you might want to keep your eye out for too. Namely, some fun Furious 7 easter eggs for fans of the franchise and The Rock.
Last weekend, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hosted SNL and did an amazing job. So, this guy can walk down a street with a giant gatling gun in Furious 7 and also be hilarious? It's almost not fair. But, The Rock's range doesn't stop there. Last night, he appeared on the debut episode of Lip Sync Battle, a spinoff of sorts from the popular segment on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, and of course he won. By lip syncing Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”. This you gotta see.
Furious 7 almost certainly won’t be the last Fast & Furious movie. But at times it feels like a series finale. There are numerous callbacks and homages to the franchise’s entire 15-year history. The setpieces are bigger and crazier than ever; it’s hard to imagine anyone topping them. And before the chases really get rolling, the mood is often downright mournful. Two different scenes are set in graveyards, and characters talk about taking “one last ride” together.