It’s time for another edition of This Rotten Week, as the summer blockbuster season rolls on – as does the season of counter-programming films. Going head to head this week is the giant earthquake of San Andreas versus the romantic comedy of Cameron Crowe’s Aloha.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.
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See the west coast open up in the trailer for San Andreas below:
Dwayne Johnson is a ginormous superstar who is an all-around entertaining guy. Big action movies like this are his kind of thing. He’s genetically built to occupy this niche with just the right amount of charisma to go with watermelon biceps and other muscles that I don’t even know the names of. So I don’t necessarily see him as the problem here. And it isn’t the spectacle of the thing either. The stunts look over-the-top and ever-escalating. They are just what a summer movie should have: big boom booms. It’s just that there’s little chance critics, on the whole respond positively to it. That’s ok, as it will make its money at the box office. Not every big action, ridiculous piece of film can be a Fast and Furious-like flick that critics love and rakes in oodles of cash. It’s tough to have it both ways.
I doubt very much San Andreas was made with the critics in mind. It was conceived and produced in order to put The Rock on screen as much as possible, doing the craziest things imaginable in a natural disaster flick. From that stance I suppose it’ll be mission accomplished.
Director Brad Peyton has some experience working with Dwayne Johnson in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (44%) though the former doesn’t yet have a good movie on his resume, as his only other directorial work is with Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (14%). This latest won’t put him on the right of the side either, as I find it hard to believe critics really dig this one. That we are a week away and don’t have any reviews to measure is a bad sign, especially with a big budget fare like this one.