SYNOPSIS: Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. 2012 is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.
Jackson Curtis: It's not just California... it's the whole world.
Yes, the world is coming to an end again. This time it’s on 12/21/12, as predicted by the Mayan civilization hundreds and hundreds of years ago. That is the world’s expiration date and we are all doomed (according to the movie). So if you are ready, buckle up cause you’re in for a hell of a ride. But first, let me present the main disclaimer . . . this movie is mostly eye candy and action and not to be considered for its artistic qualities. Or look at it this way, if you liked Day After Tomorrow, Core, War of the Worlds, Knowing, or any other disaster type movie, there is a very good chance that you will enjoy this one. If you generally don’t like this type of movie, then don’t bother because this is basically more of the same but with a slightly different story. With each new revision there seems to be more and more destruction and devastation. This one could be the new first place movie for world wide total disaster. This film is not for the faint of heart. I actually felt a little depressed for a while after seeing it. Nonetheless, the action and intensity are very good as well as the special effects. The effects weren’t exactly flawless (you could tell too easily when it was computer generated) but good enough. You can’t really expect a whole lot more.
This movie seemed to imitate several others. It is similar to Day After Tomorrow for the catastrophic occurrences, Core because it also deals with the Earth’s core, War of the Worlds in that this one also deals with divorced parents of two children, older boy, younger girl, and Knowing in that the main cause is solar activity. And that’s just to name a few. It also has the same characteristic of showing the fragility of human life and yet the determination humans have to survive. Priscilla is not very fond of this characteristic in movies because they all show a “blatant disregard for human life”. In other words, you see people, human beings like you and me, dying left and right with no importance. I tell her that it is a consequence of the story so it has to be there by default. However, I do agree that we as a society are becoming more and more desensitized to the value of human life because of the amount of violence in media today that is seen as common place. Okay, okay, I won’t get on the soapbox. But then again, the death toll in this film is from an act of nature, not necessarily violence. Oh yeah, she doesn’t like these end of the world movies either because they depress her too much. This film also carries the characteristic of being typically cheesy, corny, and cliché. At almost two and a half hours long, it has the length of a heavy duty disaster movie too. But the length wasn’t too bad though, the movie didn’t seem to drag.
They really loaded up the cast for this flick, lots of big names and recognizable faces. The performances overall were okay but nothing spectacular. John Cusack stands out the most. There was nothing spectacular about the characters they portrayed either. They weren’t very well developed so the attachment to them was weak. I’m telling you, in a movie like this the main focus is the story, its related action, and the special effects needed to bring that action to the big screen. So if you don’t mind that kind of movie, go see it. I don’t mind and I enjoyed it for the thrills. It doesn’t hurt that the Director of this thriller, Roland Emmerich, also directed Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, and 10000 BC to name a few. Can you see the pattern? Keep up the good work Roland.
P.S. – if you do go see the movie, keep this phrase in mind: “Made in China”. I found it to be amusing.
By Cine Marcos
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People Review 2012
Our lives here in earth are soon to end. Because of what we did we destroyed our
own home so its time for us to suffer. Everyone on this planet will die. No one
can escape even all the animals will die. Even the innocent ones will suffer.
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