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Truly a ‘San Andreas’ thrill ride

Dwayne Johnson, left, a cast member in the upcoming film "San Andreas," kisses fellow cast member Carla Gugino as they introduce a clip from the film during CinemaCon 2015 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Boston Herald (May 20, 2015)

For the fortunate few who have access to the “Absolute Cinema Experience” known as 4DX - there are only 170 theaters at present in 33 countries worldwide - Dwayne Johnson’s earthquake disaster outing SAN ANDREAS (opens May 29) transforms moviegoing into a two-hour amusement park thrill ride. The 4DX promises all five senses will be engaged in an “immersive cinematic experience” that incorporates synchronized motion, wind, fog, rain (there is an option button on your seat for NO RAIN), lightning and scents! They’re not kidding. As SAN ANDREAS begins with a Jeep speeding on a twisty, curving mountain road, you feel the pull from right to left like the driver might and when the car careens over the cliff and tumbles down, you’re bouncing like crazy. Here comes the rescue chopper piloted by our hero! Whenever the camera is in the air offering a cityscape - be it the soon-to-be-destroyed Hoover Dam, the soon-to-be leveled Los Angeles or the soon-to-be submerged San Francisco - the wind blows in your face and, again, you’re swaying as if you’re a bird in the sky ready to swoop down below (think of what Hitchcock`s THE BIRDS might be like in 4DX). It’s definitely a kick as you wipe away the mist (speeding along beside The Rock in his outboard), cower at the lightning bolt in the theater (downed wires) or are bumped up and down and up and down (Earth quakes and shakes) as if on a trampoline. It’s almost impossible, at least for me, to stay quiet - but is anyone quiet on a rollercoaster?! SAN ANDREAS in 2D 4DX is $23 and $27 for the 3D version.