The big one finally hits in the upcoming San Andreas, and it does not look pretty.
The third and last trailer (following this and this) has arrived for the film, which takes the disaster movie formula and basically puts it on steroids. Previous films like 1974's Earthquake and, more recently, 1997's Volcano focused the action on one city (in both cases, Los Angeles), but San Andreas basically sends all of California sliding into the sea.
Disaster movies tend to walk a fine line between being authentically gripping and unintentionally hilarious (see Tommy Lee Jones stand fast against a wall of lava!) but the carnage in San Andreas seems escalated to terrifyingly realistic heights. And since there's been a lot of chatter about the Golden State being "due" for a major quake (it's been 20 years since the last one), the footage on display here might have an extra scary resonance.
Then again, if anyone can punch out an earthquake, it's Dwayne Johnson, and the movie finds the Rock and his wife (Carla Gugino) struggling to find their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) as buildings and freeways come tumbling down around them. Will San Andreas induce smirks or screams or destruction-porn fatigue? We'll find out on May 29.