2012 – Movie Review
Disaster movie maven Roland 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 (John Cusack) joins the race to ensure that humankind is not completely wiped out. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, and Oliver Platt round out the cast of this end-of-the-world thriller co-scripted by the director and his 10,000 B.C. writer/composer, Harald Kloser.
2012 will blow your mind, because it blows everything else up. It is Roland Emmerich at his most explosive. The story is the end of the world and at the beginning, which is the Mayan prophesy that the world will end in 2012, and John Cusak plays Everyman — a divorced Everyman, which apparently is Everyman these days, who is trying to deal with his kids. The deal is not John Cusack or the kids, the deal is the explosions. The first one will just give you such a grin, because it is so terrific, and it is over the top and it is so scary. The second one is amazing. The third one is interesting. By the time you get to the 80th one you are just blase. We don’t even care that poor George Segal is in Poseidon Adventure Two all over again. The deal is here, that all the money was spent on special effects, as opposed to a script or any dialogue which is so whiny, wimpy, silly, that you really don’t care about it. This could have been a terrific disaster flick, with just a little bit more care. As it is, it will make skads of money, and it will certainly be the gold standard for special effects. Unfortunately, it is about a two and a half star movie.