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San Andreas: EW preview

Dwayne Johnson in San Andreas (Jasin Boland)

STARRING Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario
DIRECTED BY Brad Peyton
RATED PG-13
RELEASE DATE May 29

“There’s a term going around right now: ‘San Andreas is locked and loaded,’ ” says director Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), referring to the real threat of a colossal California earthquake—the inspiration for this disaster epic. In the film, the infamous fault finally gives, causing a magnitude 9.0 seismic upheaval. That’s one big quake. 

Following the catastrophe, a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) head from L.A. to San Francisco to save their only daughter (Alexandra Daddario), but more trouble lies ahead. “Earthquakes don’t tend to be singular events,” Peyton warns. In other words, brace for aftershocks.

Johnson is a tough guy, but working every day amid massive destruction took its toll on his psyche. “You start shooting all these sequences and you try to keep it as real and authentic as possible, and that’s where it really hits you,” he says. “Even on a movie set, it hits you how terrifying and relentless something like this is.” And Peyton says there’s more to the film than just mayhem: “The movie is really about a family coming back together. It just happens within one of the largest natural disasters in recorded history.” No better time for a family reunion, right?