Unlike such action-film nerds as Nicholas Cage in “The Rock “and Jeff Goldblum in “Independence Day,” he never enjoys his macho moment.This film and its tangential connection to baseball got me thinking: What are the best appearances by ballparks in films, both non-baseball and baseball?Quite why I so love seeing great big American cities full of skyscrapers completely obliterated and reduced to rubble is perhaps a question best not investigated too closely.
They unleash forces of death and destruction that emphasise the utter fragility and powerlessness of their protagonists in the face of the abyss.
San Andreas is in similar vein to the disaster films made in the 1970s, for example Earthquake and The Towering Inferno.
It combines tremendous, stomach-churning special effects with a plot that is often trite in the extreme.
You know how it’s going to end, and the path to that conclusion isn’t particularly captivating.
Moreover, as a nerd, I found it disappointing that this film’s nerd, an earthquake expert played by Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti (son of former baseball commissioner Bart Giamatti), ultimately didn’t have much to do besides sweat and fret.