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2012 (2009)


3/10: A massive migraine of mass destruction
Monday, May 11, 2015

For about a third of this two and a half hour follow-up to "The Day After Tomorrow", the audience must suffer through another soap opera plot, this time even more abrasively presented than its predecessor. It involves a divorced couple (John Cusack and Amanda Peet) trying to get their children to safety with the help of Peet's fiancée (Thomas McCarthy) when underground volcanoes begin to decimate L.A. and the rest of the world. They discover that the powerful leaders and the money men supporters have gotten together to build arks to save themselves from an oncoming flood. OK, fine premise so far, but there is so much silliness in the way that the plot is drawn, and especially with a powerful Russian businessman, his two Pugsly Addams like twin sons, his much younger mistress, and his personal pilot who's obviously having an affair with the mistress. McCarthy, after only a few flying lessons, is assigned as...

5/10: 2012
Saturday, April 9, 2011

I had heard a few people tell me that this disaster movie was pretty terrible and not worth watching, even though I saw a trailer that made it look good, so I gave it a chance, from director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow). Basically over a period of three to four years, geophysicist Dr. Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) has found devastating evidence concerning earth radiation, and it appears that the earth's core is heating up. He warns colleague Carl Anheuser (Oliver Platt), and even the President of the United States, Thomas Wilson (Danny Glover), and warns them that if action isn't taken as soon as possible the human race is doomed. Forward to the year 2012, where on a regular day writer Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) and his family, wife Kate (Amanda Peet) and children Noah (Liam James) and Lilly (Morgan Lily) having a regular day together. Large cracks start appearing in the ground, and...

9/10: A disaster movie that isn't a disaster
Thursday, September 21, 2017

I must say I love disaster and end of the world movies. And Roland Emmerich is just the best in our time doing them. I hope we will more contributors to the genre soon to have a more diverse type of movies. But 2012 is my favorite among his movies.One always sees crazy reasons for negative reviews. "Oh it wasn't realistic". No sh*t, Sherlock. It wasn't a science lecture on the end of the world that has no scientific backup since it isn't supposed to happen outside of the movie. And yes, the family in the movie is damn lucky. If they went for the more "realistic case" the movie would be over after half an hour when their car would fall into a hole in the Earth. If you are going to a disaster movie expecting something highly intellectual instead of entertainment than you are not smart enough for intellectual movies anyways. Many complain...

8/10: Catastropic epic
Saturday, November 14, 2009

Writer/director Roland Emmerich sacrifices dialogue and depends on an almost comical storyline to wow viewers with mega destruction. Sure the CGI, sound and special effects will sell a lot of popcorn and soft drinks. Even word of mouth will put people in theater seats. Just leave any semblance of real intelligence at the box office, lean back and hold on...and let your eyes feast on the powerful scenes of devastation.A geologist(Chiwetel Ejiofor)has the facts and figures that prove validity in the ancient Mayan belief that the wold will come to an end in 2012. He at first will have trouble convincing the President's(Danny Glover)people of the pending doom; but a novelist(John Cusack), who just so happens to have written a book about the lost Atlantis, is an easier believer...and the story line has him and his family out driving and flying the massive earthquakes and tsunamis. And somehow cell phones...

7/10: Total Popcorn Entertainment
Monday, September 3, 2012

2012 is a science fiction disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich. It stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, and Woody Harrelson, among others.Disaster movie maven Emmerich crafts this apocalyptic sci-fi thriller following the prophecy stated by the ancient Mayan calendar, which says that the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012. When a global cataclysm thrusts the world into chaos, divorced writer and father Jackson Curtis (Cusack) joins the race to ensure that humankind is not completely wiped out.He attempts to bring his children, Noah and Lilly , ex-wife Kate Curtis and her boyfriend, Gordon Silberman to refuge and attempt to escape the heightened change in the elements. The movie provides plenty of visual thrills, but lacks a strong enough script to support its massive scope and inflated length.It is basically a total popcorn entertainment with ridiculous dialogue and impossible situations and special effects that will...

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