I seems that the powerful movie trailer for the upcoming Dwayne Johnson blockbuster, “San Andreas”, has managed to get the people’s attention in more ways than one. While most people are looking forward to The Rock saving the day once again from this fictional disaster, there are quite a few Californians out there who are taking this earthquake scenario extremely seriously.
The film has three official trailers released on the internet, and the latest one has singlehandedly gathered more than 2 million viewers on YouTube. The first trailer has been screened in cinemas worldwide for months now and it has gotten movie goers to put down their popcorn and stare at the screen in amazement, making the hairs on the back of their necks rise in fear.
The trailer relays a powerful message, that has an impressive capability of getting the audience involved in the action of the film. In the beginning of the trailer, the main characters appear to be going through normal day-to-day activities that the audience can relate to.Then, one by one, they find themselves in the midst of the wreckage brought by the apocalyptic earthquake, facing a series of impossible situations.
As this plays out, the words “Where will you be”, “Who will you be with”, “When everything”, “Falls apart” gradually transport the audience to the heart of these fictional disaster happenings while a gut-wrenchingly dramatic rendition of the song “California Dreaming” plays in the background.
The overall effect that these features have transports the audience from their cozy seats in the cinema all the way to the middle of California, right at the side of Dwayne Johnson’s character, as he faces the massive wreckage created by the tremendously powerful earthquake.
Paul Giamatti’s character administers the final blow as he says that “the Earth will literally crack open ” while a giant crater in the middle of the road blocks any type of on-road transportation. “You will feel it on the East Coast”, he adds, making the audience shrivel with fear at the sight of the Golden Gate Bridge falling to pieces.
This 2-minute roller-coaster ride has left Californians pondering the possibility of an earthquake hitting their cities, with a clear picture of how things will play along if it does happen. Fortunately, scientists have come to their aid and they are trying to explain that a real-life scenario would not be so gruesome.
Susan Hough, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, has joined the Associated Press for the screening of the “San Andreas” film. Upon walking out, she described the plot of the movie as being implausible. And that is an encouraging fact, as you would never want to find out that an end-of-the-world movie is quite realistic in its portrayal, as you see your city falling to pieces.
Hough explained that while it is true that the San Andreas fault is very much capable of producing a serious earthquake, it could not possibly be one of the magnitude of the movie-quake, which would pretty much depict the effects of an earthquake of a magnitude of at least 9.
According to Hough, the San Adreas fault is simply incapable of generating something like that, as it is both not long and not deep enough. So that’s one crisis at least partially avoided.
Scientists felt the need to make further clarifications in order to ensure the audience that the blockbuster is merely a work of fiction and not some kind of masked warning sign. Firstly, San Andreas is not capable of generating an earthquake so big that it would be felt on the East Coast, thus putting Paul Giamatti’s warning to rest.
Secondly, it would not be capable of triggering a tsunami wave, as the audiences saw in the second trailer of the film. This one follows the same recipe as the first trailer has, but further scares audiences by portraying an enormous tsunami wave swallowing California.
“This isn’t the type of motion that would generate a tsunami wave. You need something like subduction where you’re lifting large volumes of water, so it didn’t appear to be realistic.” points out Morgan Page, a U.S. Geological Services geophysicist.
Ultimately, it looks like San Andreas is only going to offer its audience fictional entertainment. While it promises to be an end-of-the-world flick of epic proportions, it should be regarded as good clean cinema fun, and nothing more than that. Like many other classics of its genre, it has been deemed implausible by scientists, and that should make viewers breathe easily as the credits roll at the end of San Andreas”.
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