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A film directed by Roland Emmerich

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One of the best and most powerful disaster films in years...

  • Nov 19, 2009
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 In  Stargate(1994) he took us to a whole other world, In Independence Day(1996)   He Invaded the planet  like no ones done before, In The Patriot(2000) He showed us the trials and tribulations  of  The Americans in there fight for freedom and In The Day After Tomorrow  he  gave us a  glimpse of what Global Warming can do to our planet. It's 2009 and Roland Emmerich  has created   his disaster film masterpiece and that film is called, 2012.


2012  is epic, exciting, smart, heartfelt, dramatic and powerful, It's one of the most potent and  sweeping action drama's to hit the screens in years. I haven't been this moved or shocked by a disaster film since I saw  The Poseidon Adventure(1974) and  The War of the Worlds(2005).


The story is centered around an academic researcher and his family as they try and out run the end of the world  as predicted by the ancient Mayan calender which states the world  will end on 12-21-2012(Which will never happen.) It starts out like all disaster films setting up events  and scientists telling you there is nothing to worry about and  wigged out people telling you that there lying  and the world is coming to an end. Then  you meet the hero of your story, in this case John Cusack  and you get to see his troubles  and find out  some things about him, and then the  the Earth starts to shake and  the Global destruction begins and Cusack and his family are on the  run from the danger that seeks to destroy them.


Sounds pretty clique, huh?  Well  truthfully  it's not, because once the Earth starts a go-in' the drama and power starts a flow-in'. It's one of the most satisfying films of the year  and delivers on it's promise to shock and wow, and boy does it ever.




John Cusack delivers an awesome performance as the father and hero of the story, Cusack gives off a great sense of loyalty and  selflessness in this film  which is rare to see  him do seeing as he has never played a part quite like this. Amanda Peet  is great as  Cusack's  ex in this film, she plays the part of the concerned ex and mother very well and gives  much emotion to the role than she has done in the past. Chiwetel Ejiofor  does great here as the sympathetic and  tough  scientific adviser to the President. He brings more power to the film and adds more  to the dramatic punch  the films has.  Oliver Platt is nothing short of brilliant as the  self-absorbed and  crass as  the President's Chief of Staff. He is the villain of the film  and  makes a rare  role out of it (seeing as in all disaster films nature is the enemy.)  Platt is cunning ,ruthless and smart he adds to the  energy  and flare of the  film and by the end you'll hate his guts. But all in all the cast delivers knockout performances  in this film and really raise the bar for this genre.





2012 is a film you have to go into with an open mind  so you can fully comprehended the statement it is trying to make. It's one of those film that when you walk out   it leaves you gasping for air and  also leaves you thinking  about how much we don't respect life sometimes. It's a good film, with a powerful message and a great story that resonates with   the heart and soul. All in all 2012  delivers.
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review by . April 06, 2010
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Quick Tip by . October 22, 2010
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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.
review by . July 21, 2010
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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.
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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...
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Director: Roland Emmerich
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: 13 November 2009 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser
Runtime: 158 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures, Centropolis Entertainment, Farewell Productions
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