‘San Andreas’ built to entertain, not traumatise: Director

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New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) “San Andreas” director Brad Peyton says that as a filmmaker he is sensitive towards the recent Nepal earthquake, but his forthcoming action-adventure-disaster film, about a devastating quake, is “built to entertain first” and not to traumatise people.

“San Andreas”, which will hit Indian screens in Hindi and English on May 29, tells the story of a search and rescue helicopter pilot Ray (Dwayne Johnson) who must navigate through the destruction from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save his daughter after the San Andreas fault line triggers an earthquake of magnitude 9.

“I feel like we respected the subject matter, we respected (the fact that) a sensitive earthquake had happened… and as a filmmaker, I’m very sensitive to that. I don’t want to, you know, make this a traumatic event for people,” Peyton said in a statement, about the fact that the film is releasing barely a month after the Nepal catastrophe.

The director says his movie tells “an entertaining story”.

“I’m here to scare you in some ways, but in a very safe environment and again the focus is on the characters of this world and this story. So it’s a sensitive subject matter because it’s real, but I think our movie is a built to entertain first.

“And second of all, the tone of the movie is actually very sensitive to the fact that earthquakes are real,” Peyton added.

The film also stars Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario and Paul Giamatti — apart from Johnson.

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