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Stunts in 'San Andreas' look ridiculous without special effects

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Disaster movies in which entire cities are leveled by the fury of nature have become a tradition in Hollywood. The latest of these, "San Andreas," was released Friday and topped the box office with a solid $54.6 million opening weekend.

To create the sensation of California's destruction, "San Andreas" had to employ a lot of special effects. It's impossible to understand just how heavy the CGI is in a movie like "San Andreas" until you watch it before the effects were put in place.

Luckily, a behind-the-scenes video captures some of the movie's key scenes without the help of special-effects wizardry.

Some of the clips may make you chuckle a bit, especially at the site of people running and jumping from absolutely nothing. But it will also make you appreciate just how much summer's biggest blockbusters are a result of computer effects and editing.

Here's a shot of star Alexandra Daddario getting knocked down by the sheer force of nature's fury:

Alexandra Daddario San Andreas GIFIt's a lot funnier to watch acted out without a real quake:

Alexandra Daddario San AndreasIn a scene in which people are running through the streets from a sinister dust cloud ...

San AndreasThey're not running from much of anything.

Instead, many people are strapped to wires, flying through the air. It looks pretty crazy.

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Here's a view of the same people from a different angle.

San Andreas Ropes CarAt one point, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson gets out of his truck and sees that the road in front of him has been split:

San Andreas The RockSan AndreasWhen looking at it through one of the monitors, however, the impact of the earthquake is much less terrifying with the added blue screen.

San Andreas MonitorIn a big action sequence, Johnson's character helps pulls his wife into a helicopter:

San AndreasSan AndreasSan AndreasThis moment loses most of its terror once you see she wasn't as far off the ground.

San Andreas Behind the ScenesSan Andreas Behind the ScenesNot everything was done with CGI though.

In one scene, Johnson takes his rescue mission underwater.

San Andreas Underwater GIFJohnson was actually holding his breath and swimming beneath the surface.

San Andreas The Rock Underwater

San Andreas Underwater Behind the ScenesCheck out the full video below:

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