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Forget all the technical stuff and just sit back and enjoy the film. Laugh at the less than perfect effects and say to yourself that you could do better with your own camcorder in the back yard.
It is almost impossible to be serious about all the disaster films so simply have fun with this one.
I think the idea of deep faults has now been proven (the writers did say they did their research on the internet)but that idea of fusing them with nuclear blasts doesn't work for me, especially when done at depths of only a few hundred feet. I'd think that trying to fuse something like that would only make it worse either by REALLY cutting things loose or actually fusing and letting pressures build up even more.
What sap would put an evacuee camp on a faultline as they did in this movie?, that was actually the dumbest thing in the whole thing.
The FX were generally good although the quicksand that John Schneider got caught up in looked fake and the breakup of the Golden Gate Bridge did have a model look to it.
Sure, there's the know-it-all geologist and the last minute solution, but the ending is not as predictable as some other disater movies.
I thought the drama, special effects and editing were above average. It your looking for destruction this movie might be for you.
From a scientific point however, a 10.5 quake would have devistating effects felt from the west to the east coast with far more personal tragic outcomes than were portayed.
Overall, a very good movie for those who like a fast mover.
Kim Delaney is the maverick seismologist who insists that there are interlocking earthquake faults ready to erupt and break much of the West Coast away from the rest of the United States--a fear magnified by quakes that topple the Space Needle in Seattle, and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Then there is the dreaded southeastern edge of the infamous San Andreas Fault Zone, which passes less than 80 miles from Los Angeles. And unless drastic measures of the W.M.D. kind are tried to repair the fault line, more than Hell will break loose.
Obviously the special effects work was what attracted large viewers to their TVs in May 2004 to watch this $20 million spectacular, and with good reason; the effects ARE the reason to watch it. Beyond all that, however, a good cast which includes Fred Ward, John Schneider, and Beau Bridges, is left out to dry with lousy dialogue, melodramatic situations that wouldn't even have passed muster in any of the disaster films of the 1970s, least of all the 1974 specatcular EARTHQUAKE, and a thoroughly implausible premise.
Still, for the special effects, if nothing else, I am giving this three stars. The scenes of Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles all being eaten alive by the ground beneath them are the real reason that "10.5" works at all.
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