The epic disaster flick is back in the form of 2012
Nov 12, 2009
Grab a melting pot, stir in some Earthquake, The Towering Inferno, The Posidon Adventure, Titanic and a little Dante's Peak for good measure...and what have you got?
2012 simmering your eyeballs.
Roland Emmerich is back on the big screen throwing more stuff around than toddlers at a daycare center juiced on too much red cordial. This guy knows how to deliever a big, bad ass, destruct-o-rama, let me tell you.
If you enjoyed his previous works, StarGate, Independence Day, Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrow, then chances are, you are going to love this one. As it's more of the same on a much grander scale. He is improving with every film he makes. Granted, his stories are not known for marvellous character developement or wonderfully engaging plots. But he's getting better.
The character moments are more realistic and the sentiment, which he can overuse, is held in check. Sugery yes, but not enough to make you groan and make a dental appointment as soon as you leave the cineplex.
So when you come to his flicks, what you gonna get? GIGANTIC scale productions of epic destruction, that's what. And man, does he do it well. From massive alien motherships conquering earth with beams of fire to a Godzilla clone (it wasn't the real Gojira, let's leave it at that) chasing Ferris Bueller around New York to freezing half of the Northern Hemisphere to death, he's finally decided...let's just destroy the entire planet.
And he does it with style.
Starring a personal fave of mine, John Cusack, who re-teams with Identity costar Amanda Peet, are supported by a talented bunch of thespians such as Danny Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton and the wonderful Woody Harrelson. And they were surrounded by some of the best, cutting edge special effects to date. Some epic destruction to be had here.
The scope of human loss in this is not to be understated either. In a world scarred by 9/11, we as a human race are a changed beast and know not to take the destruction of cities and buildings lightly. When things are destroyed here, you see people clinging on for dear life. It was pretty heart breaking and harrowing seeing a face on all the destruction. It made it a little more than a hollow special effect without being gratuitous or offensive. I don't want to read too much into it, but it was poignant for me.
This movie was a great load of fun and is meant to be seen on the bigscreen. It is a long one, clocking in at just over 2 and half hours (my bladder was busting at the half way point, but I dare not leave for fear of missing some amazing spectacle-CURSE YOU 1Lt COKE).
It is first and foremost a popcorn flick. An entertaining, colourful, loud, explosive, rollercoaster of a popcorn flick.
Let me just start by saying that this is why i love Lunch. I've noticed that this film received some very favorable ratings but i personally didn't like this movie at all. My disagreement with everyone on this movie, doesn't mean i'm right or wrong... just different opions. This film is featured on my PayPerView so this weekend we decided to watch it. In my opinion it was so bad that half way through it was wondering if there is a whole new genre of films … more
You've got movies about airplane crash, movies about cruiseship sinking, movies about terror, movies about asteroid collision, movies about greed, movies about love. What do you have when they are all combined into a single movie? 2012! We are forewarned about what will happened in 2012. Most of the world were living their lives as per normal and has not a clue. As audience, some had not, but when you have the internet at the tip of tip … more
Disaster movies are a dime-a-dozen in Hollywood. The approaching year “2012” has raised several speculations from the Mayan calendar to Nostradamus to the Bible code. Many believe that the year 2012 would hold special significance in the history of mankind, many think that something life-changing would happen and an epic catastrophe may cause mankind‘s extinction. Leave it to Hollywood to take advantage of the “2012” phenomenon with co-writer/director Roland … more
I happen to enjoy "bad" movies. The types of movies with over sized anacondas or crocodiles; the movies that leave me amused at the hilarity of the Hollywood industry. Thus I was interested in seeing 2012 (mainly because I actually did enjoy "The Day After Tomorrow"). I am also pretty fascinated by any movie that aims at explaining mysterious and mythological events (IE. Mayans "predicting" the end of the world in 2012). 2012 not only ruined … more
What is there to say about 2010? It's got action, drama, love, suspense and a big budget. A large comeback roll for John Cusak who's mainly known for small or obscure films in the 90's and being a part of the 80's movie revolution. The movie is loosely based on the Mayan prediction that in the year 2012 on December 12th the world will come to an end. Cusak who plays Jackson Curtis learns of this conspiracy on a trip with his children to Yellowstone and in looking for the spot where … more
You don't have to believe in UFOs to enjoy watching CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. You don't have to believe in the whole global warming package to enjoy watching THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW. You certainly don't have to believe all the hype about 2012 to enjoy this movie. IMHO, this is the best disaster movie I've seen in a really long time. The characters are more than just cardboard, the dialog is decent, the special effects are incredible and the overall concept is very … more
There have been a few comments in reviews about this movie being a simple popcorn flick and how, should you detach your brain for 3 hours you will manage to enjoy this monstrosity. Simply, that is not true, unless you're actually willing to run the risk of you being made more of an idiot by watching this movie and thinking "hmm, that was an enjoyable romp". Perhaps I did look too much into this movie and wanted it to have a good storyline that would at least captivate me without having … more
I watched this on my iPad. Let's put aside just how idiotic the story is (why would you make heroes out of selfish people that put the lives of tens of thousands of other selfish people at serious risk?). The iPad video quality is amazing but if the very bad special effects were obvious on my Pad, just how badly did they play on the large screen. One of the worst movies ever for every possible reason.
For an action movie, this is sure to impress. The acting is decent, not top notch, but a good cast for sure. The plot keeps you guessing, and makes you think. The special effects are top notch however- I wish that I had seen this movie in the theater the first time, as I'm sure on the big screen its even better. Would be interesting to see a follow up of sorts.
I had an interesting pre-cursor while going in to see 2012. I was with a small group of three, and I handed my tickets to the doorman, who, after ripping them and handing me back the stubs, said: "Enjoy the graphics, this isn't the kind of movie you go and see for the dialogue." My friends and I looked at each other and laughed. We were also a bit worried. Did we just drop about $15 bucks each to watch another disaster movie with vacant plot and characters? Are we foolish … more
I'm a bit of a movie buff. Ok, understatement. I LOVE movies. Will sit through just about everything. Classics, horror, comedy, action, drama, chick flicks (to a degree). If it's filmed, I'll watch it. … more
Consider the Source
Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.
2012 is a 2009 disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich. The film has an ensemble cast, including John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Woody Harrelson. The film will be distributed by Columbia Pictures. Filming began in August 2008 in Vancouver. The film was released on November 11, 2009.
Now this is how you destroy the world. Roland Emmerich's2012pounces on a Nostradamus-style loophole in the Mayan calendar and rams the apocalypse through it, gleefully conjuring up an enormous amount of Saturday-matinee fun in the process. A scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor) detects shifting continental plates and sun flares and realizes that this foretells the imminent destruction of the planet. Just as the molten lava is about to hit the fan, a novelist (John Cusack) takes his kids on a trip to Yellowstone; later he'll hook up with his ex (Amanda Peet) and her new boyfriend (Tom McCarthy) in a global journey toward safety. If there is any safety. The suitably hair-raising plot lines are punctuated--frequently, people, frequently--by visions of mayhem around the globe: the Vatican falls over, the White House is clobbered (Emmerich'sIndependence Daywas not enough on that score), and the California coastline dives into the Pacific Ocean. Unlike other action directors we could name, Emmerich actually understands how to let you see and drink in these vast special-effects vistas--and they are incredible. He also honors the old Irwin...