Shak­ing the box of­fice

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John­son stars as a res­cue he­li­copter pi­lot who saves his ex-wife Emma (Gug­ino) and es­tranged daugh­ter Blake (Alexan­dra Dad­dario), when they are trapped in the catas­tro­phe.

The movie scores an av­er­age of 5.2 out of 10 on Rot­ten­toma­toes.com, and is rated 6.7 on IMDb.com.

The movie’s direc­tor, Brad Pey­ton, shrugs off the re­views — and­crit­ic­swho­have­mocked the film for sloppy science.

“I’m happy with the movie. I’ve made the best movie I could make at the end of the day,” he says. “It’s not a movie built for crit­ics.”

“It’s not a doc­u­men­tary about earth­quakes, ob­vi­ously. So it’s not 100 per­cent about re­al­is­tic things. When you put it into the big screen, it feels real,” he in­sists.

He cites John­son’s show­ing his “never-be­fore-seen vul­ner­a­ble side” in the scene when the fa­ther thinks he is los­ing his daugh­ter. Pey­ton says that the hu­man­ity em­bed­ded in the script prompted him to take the job.

The Canadian film­maker, also known for Cats & Dogs: The Re­venge of Kitty Galore andJour­ney 2: The­Mys­te­ri­ous Is­land, de­fines the movie as “an amaz­ing story about a fam­ily that tries to unite af­ter a dis­as­ter”.

“As a direc­tor, you are sign­ing on for a job that could last around two years. So you have to do some­thing that you re­ally be­lieve in.” Con­tact the writer at xu­fan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

JIANG DONG / CHINA DAILY

The cast of SanAn­dreas, Dwayne John­son (left) Carla Gug­ino (cen­ter) and direc­tor Brad Pey­ton, meet with Bei­jing me­dia be­fore the movie’s re­lease.

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