2012 (movie)

A film directed by Roland Emmerich

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The End of the World Arrives about Three Years Ahead of Schedule

  • Nov 16, 2009
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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 to expect more than a vacant plot and characters in a disaster movie?

Fortunately, my answer is "No." The answer from one of my friends who was with me is "Sort of." But this isn't my friends review, it's mine. All mine! So, the answer is decidedly..."No" on both counts. 2012 proves that you can actually have an entertaining disaster movie as well as a few emotional chords to strike.

2012 loads up quite the cast, with Woody Harrelson and Danny Glover making impressive appearances as the doomsday nut-job and the last President of the United States, respectively. However, the two people to follow in this movie -- and who brilliantly contribute to the afore mentioned emotional chords – are John Cusak and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Thank You Wikipedia for help with the spelling). Cusak plays an author named Jackson Curtis (digressive fun fact: in reverse that would be the true name of 50 Cent), a not-so-famous author who has sold little over 400 copies of his published book. As a writer who has sold no copies of his unpublished book, this might be where 2012 tugged at my weary heart. It's easy for Jackson, whose day job is chauffeuring the wealthy, to think that he hasn't made even the slightest impression in the cultural fabric of his country. However, Chiwetel who plays the much easier to spell Adrian Helmsley is one of the few people who has read Jackson's book – and was profoundly affected by it. Adrian, by the way, is the guy who brokers the discovery of the Earth's expanding core to the President of the United States. Adrian is also the guy who brokers Jackson's soul-stirring humanizing words to the last vestige of humanity. A humanity that is losing its humaneness in the Darwinian struggle for cataclysmic survival.

I'm serious, this is the subtext of the movie. And I'm even more serious when I say that "it works". Especially since all of this is the subtle thread that runs through the "real plot" which finds Jackson trying to get his estranged family from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to China so that they can hop aboard the official and highly-secret and even more highly-exclusive survival plan that has been set in place by the government of every country. It is here -- the flight plans from LA to Vegas to China – where we can indulge the irrefutably fantastic disaster graphics promised by the ticket-taker. And, yes, true to the wit of the ticket-taker, this is not a movie you go see for the dialogue. Even the director, Roland Emmerich, knows this, since he very cleverly and wisely interrupts several moments of cliché sentimentality, including a biblically inspired speech by the President. Don't worry, I haven't given anything away. There is nothing to give away in this movie. Emmerich takes everything you would expect in a disaster movie, crams it in and sets it ablaze with the rest of everything else that topples over into his global pyre.

And, yes, it all makes for quite a spectacle to be seen on the big screen. Without a doubt, had I waited for DVD and watched this movie on my much smaller home screen, I would have missed the best parts of the End Times.
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November 29, 2009
Hahaha... the end times. When that day comes, I want to be in my bed! By the way, Canadian winterly weather is making me very drowsy, hence haven't gotten to contact you. Are you going to be in town anytime soon? I'll be leaving in less than 2 weeks.
November 17, 2009
Thanks for the review, looking forward to seeing.
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review by . April 05, 2010
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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 …
review by . November 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.      BOOM!!!      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 …
review by . April 06, 2010
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 …
review by . November 22, 2009
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 …
review by . April 06, 2010
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 …
Quick Tip by . May 25, 2010
Unintended comedy of the year. Save cash and wait for it on TNT.
review by . November 26, 2009
Noah would be proud
When Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) went to take his kids on a camping trip, little did he know that the world as he knew t was about to end. It seems top scientists and world leaders have known for years what the Mayans knew - that the earth would be destroyed by earthquakes and tsunamis in 2012 - and only a few people would be saved aboard giant arks being built in China. Jackson, being a resourceful (and preternaturally lucky) guy, rushes his family to China with no time to spare.    …
review by . March 15, 2010
In the long line of disaster movies made by Hollywood in general, and Roland Emmerich in particular, two things remain common. First, the special effects get better with each successive movie. Second, the scientific plausibility of the disaster remains the same, and that is minimal. 2012 came out in 2009 and is about the unraveling of a natural disaster triggered by changes in the Sun's solar flares. The earth's crust supposedly heats up and liquefies, which causes massive earthquakes and volcanoes …
review by . March 13, 2010
But truly the visuals make up for it in this movie. And the cast is great, they do their best with what they have to work with. The plot could have been better but the visuals and effects are worth seeing this for!
Quick Tip by . December 29, 2009
We Were Warned (not to watch Emmerich films in a theater) but this time we were wrong -- realistic effects, criticisms of mobs and gov'ts.
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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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