Stephen v The Rock. You Decide?

I’ve just finished watching ‘San Andreas’ starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Fionnuala found it while flicking through the channels after a long day tidying gardens and cleaning up the back yard. We both love a good disaster movie, and this was one of the few we hadn’t watched. Basically ‘The Rock,’ in the space of 114 minutes saves his family and a bunch of other people, while San Francisco collapses all around him. All while bursting out of a ridiculously tight t-shirt.

I’ve had a soft spot for ‘The Rock’ since his WWE days. His movies never require much usage of the grey matter but are largely solid, watchable entertainment. Plus, he doesn’t seem to take life too seriously and isn’t afraid to poke fun at himself. In ‘San Andreas’ he’s married to the very young looking Carla Gugino and they stretch my incredulity to the limit by being the parents of Alexandra Daddario. Gugino must have been a young mother. As in 12,13?

‘The Rock’ drives jeeps, flies planes and navigates motorboats in the search for Alexandra who seems more than capable of looking after herself, but who am I to argue. About a billion people die as earthquakes and tsunamis ravage the city, but we don’t see a body or drop of blood because it’s not that kind of movie. Carla glistens throughout while ‘The Rock’s’ teeth shine through the smoke and devastation like a beacon of hope.

By right, they should be killed about 368 times in the first hour but possess the outrageous luck that all self respecting action heroes have. Nothing can stop ‘The Rock’ when it comes to saving his family. He also locates his daughter amidst the carnage of a destroyed city in about three and a half minutes. Not bad, even by his standards. At the end, when asked what happens now, he stares stony faced at the ruined landscape and replies ‘Now we rebuild.’ It will probably take him a week or so.

I’ll never be ‘The Rock.’ Unless I win the lottery, hire a personal trainer and have some serious dental bleaching work. I’m no hero and reckon I would have lasted less than a minute, before falling down a hole or getting flattened by a lump of flying debris. I would have crashed the plane, run aground in the motor boat and totalled the jeep. I’m not great with pressure. And, when faced with the end of civilisation as we know it, fear I wouldn’t cope very well. Or, at all for that matter.

I also lack self-confidence, which the Big Man possesses in spadefuls. I worry about everything and tend to regard the bottle as half empty, whereas Mr. J is the eternal optimist. Well, you would be if your muscles had muscles and your bank balance had more digits than pi. But I do have one thing in common with El Rocko. We share the same dogged, never say die determination.

I don’t give up easy. I dig my heels in, chip away at challenges and persevere while others drop by the wayside. I’ll never win a marathon but I’ll always finish it. I’ll never win the Booker Prize, but I will see my dream of having a book published. I’ll never have a million followers on social media, but I’ll blog every day and not disappear off the face of the WordPress World, a flash in the pan, never to be seen again.

So while I’ll never prance around a wrestling ring in a tiny pair of spandex trunks, I’m maybe not that different from ‘The Rock,’ as I first imagined. I can smell what he’s cooking and I’m putting one foot ahead of the other, feeling my way towards the finishing line. He will probably fly over me hanging by a rope ladder from a helicopter, but we are headed in the right direction. Consistency & Coherence = Results.

Stephen v The Rock? You decide.

What’s your favourite disaster movie?

Whose your favourite action hero? Or heroine?

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  1. I am a huge fan of the Rock but disaster movies not so much. My favorite genre of movie is dramatic thrillers..not really an action movie person. I like him best in that movie The Game Plan. San Andreas is so unrealistic I laughed the entire time and that is why I don’t like disaster movies, lol! However I am always team The Rock. I don’t have a favorite action hero but I would pick Will Smith and Tom Cruise anyday! Great post

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  2. Danny Trejo comes to mind to me for more than his amazing b-rated action movies: he’s sober like me. He doesn’t take life to seriously and he’s seen some real dark places in life, but chooses to grow and smile from them than let them bring him down.
    I love a good action movie! The more outrageous and unbelievable, the better. 🤓🤓🤓

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  3. I really enjoy your description of the movie. You might enjoy him in the more recent Witch Mountain movie (more recent than the movie from the ’70s). The (his) movie has heart, and he doesn’t take himself too seriously in the story either. Now I think of it, Carla Gugino is in that one, too. Cheers!

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    1. Dwayne has chosen to work with Carla three times, twice as his wife or girlfriend. He says they established chemistry in Witch Mountain (which I loved) and he prefers working with her. I think they make a great onscreen pair.

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  4. GREAT blog. Thank you. Very well written and enjoyable. I would have to put the lovely Ms. Guigino in her 30’s, discreetly for a man mentioning a woman’s age. For her to have a daughter in her late teens seems very plausible to me.

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  5. Great post. The Rock lives in a fantasy world and you live in the real one. Your determination and go get it attitude will take you far. But. Most of all, you continue to move forward, one foot in front of the other with a caring heart. I’d say, you win.

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  6. I enjoyed reading this! When I first started watching tv (in my mid-late 20s), James Garner and the Rockford Files was my go to (and it was already a rerun possibly-I knew nothing of tv or Hollywood or bbc etc)

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  7. I think my favorite movie featuring “the rock” was the new remake of Jumangi (the original stared Robin Williams). I loved the original and I was leery of the remake. Thankfully while the plot is similar the movie makers did not stick to the same script as the original. The Rock is hilarious in it and it has a great all around cast.

    As super (s)heroes go I really liked Wonder Woman. And the movie released a year or so ago was awesome.

    My favorite disaster movie is Twister with Helen Hunt – she’s fantastic; smart and sassy and independent. All attributes I wish I had, but I live in the real world and have to be content with my small role in it.

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  8. I watched skyscraper 🏙 with Rock a couple of days ago… well, I like action movies. Remind me Die Hard & Bruce which is my fav (I’m a biiig fan lol)…
    And you never know, maybe 5 years from now you’ll win a BOOK PRIZE 🙂 with your determination it is possible 🤘📚🕺 go-go-gooooo! 💣💣💣💣💣💣

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