Sunday, June 14, 2015

Review of San Andreas and Spy


This weekend the family and I did indeed go to the drive-in and see two new movies. We saw San Andreas featuring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Spy featuring Melissa McCarthy. San Andreas is about what happens when the entire San Andreas fault line gets activated. The fact that this could actually happen is so scary when you really stop to think about it.  I was hooked into this movie right from the very opening scene.  The acting was very fantastic. I loved that the story not only focuses on the destruction that was caused by this natural disaster but also how 1 family in particular deal with it and manage to heal all at the same time. The Rock is a fire and rescue captain from LA who is in the process of  coping with a divorce he clearly doesn't want and dealing with issues from the past. All Hell breaks loose and instead of dropping his daughter off at college he is sent to help with the earthquakes that have started popping up from the Hoover Dam on up to San Francisco. The daughter is just as strong willed as her father. After she gets some help getting out of the place she was trapped when the fault line went completely active begins finding her way to a spot (accompanied by a potential love interest and his little brother) where her Dad  and Mom can rescue her. We all loved this movie. It has action galore and heartfelt moments too. If I had to pick a flaw it would be that I didn't get to see The Rock or his wife (Carla Gugino) punch a certain building architect in the face. You will understand once you have watched it.

Spy was hilarious! I am such a fan of the actors and actresses in this movie anyways that going into I was pretty sure I would enjoy it. Melissa McCarthy plays a CIA agent who is basically the "eyes" behind the scene for the field agents. Her particular spy is played by Jude Law who she of course is in love with. When she witnesses something terrible happen to him she suddenly wants to go active in the field so she can close the case he was working on and earn some justice in the process. Jason Statham plays a rogue CIA agent with a foul mouth who also happens to not be the most intelligent.  Allison Janney plays her no nonsense director ( she also played Melissa's mother in Tammy). Rose Byrne ( from Get Him to the Greek and The Neighbors)plays the villain. The one liners and commentary between Melissa's character and Rose's are the funniest in the whole movie. The plot is somewhat predictable but it is still worth funny enough the you don't even care. Interestingly enough, the director, Paul Feig, is also the writer/director of Bridesmaids and The Heat both of which included Melissa McCarthy as a main character. Also lookout for 50 cent starring as himself and William Yun Lee who stars in both of these movies.
Conclusion: I will be adding this to my home comedy collection.

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