Paul Giamatti Keeps New ‘SAN ANDREAS’ Trailer Down To Earth

dwayne_johnson_as_ray_in_san_andreas-t3The new trailer for SAN ANDREAS has popped. It features a more subdued tone than disaster movies usually adopt; this one centers on relationships, not hysteria. There’s plenty of destruction on display, of course, plus extraordinary heroics from Dwayne Johnson. But the overall feel of the piece is grounded, almost elegaic. It celebrates the effort of the victims to help each other survive the catastrophe.

This tone is anchored by a short but pivotal appearance in the trailer by Paul Giamatti. At about a minute and twenty seconds into the spot he says his only line, “Yes, that is exactly what I am saying.”maxresdefault His delivery makes the impending chaos suddenly real; his authenticity and authority legitimize your fear, and you feel the terror is unavoidable. That is a lot to accomplish with one line of dialogue; that is the kind of added value an Oscar nominee caliber actor can bring to a supporting role.

The song in the new trailer is also extremely effective, a haunting cover of CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ performed by Sia. Sia

Here is the Warner Brothers description of the film:

After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter.

But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.

The action thriller “San Andreas,” from New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures, reunites Dwayne Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, following their collaboration on the global hit “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.”

The film also stars Carla Gugino (“Night at the Museum,” TV’s “Entourage”), Alexandra Daddario (“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” TV’s “True Detective”), Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”), Archie Panjabi (TV’s “The Good Wife”), Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Australian TV’s “Home and Away”), Art Parkinson (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) and Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti (“Cinderella Man”).

“San Andreas” is produced by Beau Flynn (“Hercules,” “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”). Richard Brener, Samuel J. Brown, Michael Disco, Rob Cowan, Tripp Vinson and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers. The screenplay is by Carlton Cuse, story by Andre Fabrizio & Jeremy Passmore.

The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Steve Yedlin (“Looper”), production designer Barry Chusid (“The Day After Tomorrow”), editor Bob Ducsay (“Godzilla”), VFX producer Randall Starr (“Into the Storm”), VFX supervisor Colin Strause (“The Avengers”), and costume designer Wendy Chuck (“Twilight”). The music is by Andrew Lockington.

“San Andreas” was shot on location in The Gold Coast and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The film is slated to open in theaters in both 3D and 2D on Friday, May 29, 2015.

New Line Cinema presents, in Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a FPC Production, “San Andreas.” It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.san-andreas-poster