Saturday, April 9 at 9:30pm | $9 |
“Now we rebuild…”
While Hecklevision usually presents well-aged gems from campy cinema past, we also like to acknowledge that fine, heckle-worthy films continue to be produced to this day! While movies of this caliber often lurk below the radar and end up flopping financially, 2015’s SAN ANDREAS was a gigantic blockbuster, thanks in no small part to its always appealing star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Continuing the tradition of box office smashes obsessed with natural disaster, SAN ANDREAS plays to the well-accepted fact that the West Coast of the US is at high risk for a monumental earthquake. To borrow a phrase from the film’s Cal Tech scientist played by the great Paul Giamatti, “it isn’t a matter of ‘if,’ but rather, ‘when’.” In this case, that “when” happens to be the day The Rock was expected to sign his divorce papers and take his daughter, played by Alexandra Daddario, up to college.
Giant earthquakes ravage all of California and much of Nevada, and The Rock, who plays a Los Angeles firefighter, never puts his family obligations on the backburner and spends the whole movie rescuing his estranged wife and daughter. We see our hero navigate disaster by helicopter, plane, truck and boat, complete with skydiving and underwater rescue.
The whole point of this epic calamity is that no amount of strife and adversity can extinguish the human spirit, and the will to keep a family together. As great Californian cities crumble around our characters, the rescue story unfolds with a script about as eloquent as The Rock’s classic wrestling dialogue.
SAN ANDREAS is a great example of a film with an excellent cast, some actually impressive special effects, and a paint by numbers presentation that ends up terribly entertaining, though the film’s intended purpose may not be what makes it compelling. A new classic for heckle aficionados, this spectacle of an earthquake film keeps a fine tradition of big-budget B-movie filmmaking alive!
This special screening is presented in HECKLEVISION : Through the magic of MuVChat technology, your jokes, heckles and commentary are encouraged - in TEXT form! Tap out your wittiest wisecracks with your phone and they'll appear instantly on screen! Each month, special guests will hang out to crack jokes via text with you and a few hundred of your best friends!
This month, our panel of guest comedians will be joined by real-life geologist Allison Perch from Hart Crowser and the OPB documentary “Unprepared” and Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) members providing you with disaster preparedness info in the lobby!
Our special guests:
Allison Perch (Associate Geotechnical Engineer at Hart Crowser, “Unprepared” on OPB)
Jon Washington (These Are The People podcast)
Zak Toscani (Bridgetown Comedy Festival)
Phil Mills (Hecklevision MVP)
Shannan Hunt (Hudson Valley Comedy Festival)
Becky Braunstein (Helium Comedy Club 2015’s ‘Best of Portland’ Showcase)
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