Movie review : 2012

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2012 was a disaster and I mean that in a good way. Not a great movie but wow does Roland Emmerich know how to tell a disaster story. And if you like disaster movies, like I do, then maybe this is a great movie.

The good: rocking good special effects. Epic in the destruction of California, Yellowstone, Rio, Rome, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Washington DC, . . . you get the picture. This movie is full of disasterz – that’s the plural of disasters. ( Plural of a plural if you will. ) The characters and their motivations are good enough to keep the dialogue going. And there are plenty of laughs. Even a few LOLs from the audience – which is more than I can say for most of the “comedies” I’ve seen this summer.

The bad: I thought the crisis near the very end with getting the door shut was a bit too much. I’d much rather see a little more in the denouement – post disaster. But I guess Roland figures more is better and wants to make sure you get your moneys worth of destruction.

I love the way Roland provides just a shred of science behind his stories. If you’re a science fiction fan then you may recognize the genesis of this story from Arthur C. Clarke’s novel Songs of Distant Earth. But the science ends there. Thankfully what he postulates in the story isn’t possible but it’s a good enough launching point. I’ll give him credit just for mentioning neutrinos. Who knows, maybe some kid out there sees the movie and then does a little reading on neutrinos and ends up becoming a physicist. So kudos Roland.

This would make a good night out with friends movie. Lots of food for conversation presented in this story, such as: would you be more like Carl or Adrian?

I saw the film at a midnight showing and the audience seemed genuinely captivated by the story and effects. There were even a few applauds. Yes the critics are going to pan this movie. But that’s like criticizing Playboy magazine for showing too much skin. Critics can be real bone-heads sometimes.

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  • Laura

    Dammit, I wish I’d known about this site before seeing this movie!! I thought the movie was brilliant, fun action concept, great CGI sequences and I always love a bit of John Cusack. The only thing that ruined the movie for me was needing the loo about thirty minutes into the movie (not realising how long the movie was!) and not being able to go because I was worried about missing plot points. BUT the movie was good enough that I *almost* forgot I needed the toilet… now that’s some praise 🙂

  • Banksy

    This review pretty much sums up how I felt about the film. I’m glad I’m not the only one who felt that the action sequence at the end was too much. Compared to everything else that had happened — earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, etc. — it was unnecessary and anticlimactic to have John Cusack swimming around for an interminable amount of time. We already know he’s the hero. The filmmakers could have cut that sequence and made the movie a reasonable length.

    Fortunately, I resisted getting snacks for this one, so didn’t have to run-pee at all.

    Love your site!

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