What the Frack
When Los Angeles suffers a series of minor tremors, Gladstone (Jeffrey Jones - Heartbreakers), a geologist nut job, starts contacting all the officials he can think of as he predicts that these tremors signify something bigger is coming, the perfect 10 of an Earthquake. It seems that a fracking operation headed up by engineer Jack (Henry Ian Cusick - Hitman) for Reynolds (David Chokachi) may be the cause of the tremors as Reynolds has gone behind Jack's back and changed the drilling plans which is why things are kicking off. For Jack he not only needs to try and find a solution before things go from bad to worse but also rescue his estranged wife, as well as his daughter who has gone camping with her friends.
Yes we have a disaster movie involving fracking, well I guess back in 2014 the fear of the devastation that fracking might cause was big news so it is little surprise that someone wrote a disaster movie script using it as a theme. But the thing is that in the case of "10.0 Earthquake" the fracking theme could be switched with any sort of drilling because what you have is a steretypical disaster movie with the hero of the piece who happens to work for the evil boss, who's company is responsible, trying to save the day and also an estranged wife and a daughter who of course ends up in danger whilst with friends. Frankly "10.0 Earthquake" is so stereotypical that it becomes a chore to try and keep interested in the predictable events and scenes which fill the movie.
What is certainly the case is that "10.0 Earthquake" relies heavily on Henry Ian Cusick to try and appeal to the audience but as is so often the case in these types of movies Cusick looks like he spends a lot of time trying to stifle laughter at what he has to do and the dialogue he has to deliver. On the other hand Jeffrey Jones has fun getting to play his nut job character larger than life and full of wit.
What this all boils down to is that "10.0 Earthquake" is just some routine disaster movie nonsense, jumping on the fracking bandwagon to create a disaster movie but delivering one which feels like you could mix n match it with any sort of company based disaster.