This is a classical Hollywood movie, thin plot and a lot of effects. However, this time, I quite liked it. The plot, although thin, is not altogether bad, it holds together even though are quite a few unbelievable moments. Maybe this is what I like about the movie. It is really a good old fashioned disaster movie.
When I first saw the trailer for this movie I was afraid that it was going to be a big apocalypse at the beginning and then it was going to be a "slow" search for Ray's daughter. It is nothing of the kind. It has a decent build-up of suspense up to quite a few more or less spectacular earth quake scenes … and then it continues. I was pretty happy that there was a decent build up from the start but I was even happier that the initial earth wrecking event was actually not the big event.
As I wrote at the beginning, the plot is pretty thin. The special effects are not however. At least, I liked them. Not surprisingly houses are falling over like there was no tomorrow (which for a lot of people there are not) but it is done quite well. I also liked the scenes where the earth wobbles when Ray and his wife flies over it in his chopper. I found that quite cool. There are a few moments that are, well let us say not too well thought through. For instance the classical collapsing building that falls in the just the right pace for the heroes to do their job. Then we have when Ray and his wife speeds through the waters of Los Angeles after the quake, which are riddled with trash. The amount of trash in the water would have rendered their propeller useless after a few hundred meters.
I have to say that I this one was a really enjoyable movie. One of the few lately that I have watched. It is a quite good, classical, disaster movie with a good build up, really good effects and a good and happy ending (for the main characters at last) and I am a sucker for happy endings.