2012

"Excellent"

2012 Review


Gleefully over-the-top, this film takes the disaster movie pretty much as far as it can go, drawing on the Mayan prophecy that he world will end on 21 December 2012. Emmerich deploys all the genre elements (solid cast, detailed back-stories, gigantic set pieces) to give us a raucously enjoyable ride.

While on a camping trip in Yellowstone, novelist-turned-chauffer Jackson (Cusack) stumbles across a secret military operation and a raving nutcase (Harrelson) who claims the end of the world is nigh. Sure enough, top government scientist Adrian (Ejiofor) is advising the President (Glover) and his Chief of Staff (Platt) about preparations for impending natural catastrophes. By the time Jackson gets home to Los Angeles, the pandemonium has begun, and he barely gets his kids, his ex (Peet) and her new husband (McCarthy) out. But where do they go now?

L.A.'s obliteration is one of the most spectacular effects sequences ever put on screen: it's a thrilling chase through the most insane apocalypse you've ever seen, with a handful of likeable characters trying desperately to cheat fate. And this is only the beginning of a film in which these people have to outrun a mega-volcano, escape from a collapsing desert, crash land on an ice cliff and survive a Titanic-sized crisis at sea. All because powerful solar flares have destabilised the earth's crust.

Strangely, the science sounds vaguely plausible, even if the way it plays out is pure fantasy. Emmerich pushes every scene to maximum-chaos, while keeping us hooked with strong characters and comical asides. Along the way, there are cheeky references to every other disaster movie, pop culture icons and real-world disasters. And Emmerich never takes things too seriously; even when he gets sentimental over a parent-child moment or a threatened puppy, there's a twinkle in his eye.

In fine disaster movie tradition, the cast is too good for such silliness.

Cusack and Ejiofor get the meatiest roles, while Peet and Newton also offer solid female leads on the edge of the action. And Platt is funny as the requisite boneheaded politician. But of course the real stars are the effects gurus who have seriously outdone themselves with a gob-smackingly enjoyable day of reckoning. Where can the genre possibly go from here?



2012

Facts and Figures

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 158 mins

In Theaters: Friday 13th November 2009

Box Office USA: $166.1M

Box Office Worldwide: $769.7M

Budget: $200M

Distributed by: Sony Pictures/Columbia

Production compaines: Columbia Pictures, Centropolis Entertainment, Farewell Productions, The Mark Gordon Company

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 39%
Fresh: 94 Rotten: 145

IMDB: 5.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Harald Kloser, ,

Starring: as Jackson Curtis, as Kate Curtis, as Adrian Helmsley, as Laura Wilson, as Carl Anheuser, as Dr. Gordon Silberman, as Charlie Frost, as President Wilson, as Noah Curtis, as Lilly Curtis, as Yuri Karpov, as Tamara, as Sasha, as Professor Frederic West, Chin Han as Tenzin, Osric Chau as Nima, as Grandma Sonam, Blu Mankuma as Harry Helmsley, as Tony Delgatto, as Captain Michaels, as Dr. Satnam Tsurutani, as Scotty, Alexandre Haussmann as Alec, John Mee as Angry Billionaire

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