2012

2012, directed by Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day), is an over-the-top disaster flick in which he returns to destroy yet another part of, or rather, the entire world. It also seems like the director, known for his disaster flicks, could not decide which form of destruction he prefers in 2012 and hence, he simply proceeds to use them all.

The plot is somewhat Hollywood formulaic with an astounding discovery by an obscure scientist (Chitwetel Ejiofor) of the fast-approaching end of the world and of how he scrambles to do something about it. Also, enters the closest thing to a villain in this film, played by Oliver Platt, who tasks himself with the need to ensure the survival of the human species and who stands obstinately in the way of letting the rest of the world know what they are up against. Unknown writer (John Cusack), on the other hand, brings his family and his ex-wife's new husband to safety in a series of near deaths, driving themselves out of their cracking up neighbourhood and flying their way to China for the only ride to survival - top secret specially constructed arks by governments of the world. The wife's new beau, who happens to be a trainee pilot, conveniently dies at the end near of their escapade, hence allowing the reunion of the family eventually.

Throughout the two-and-a-half hour long movie, which is peppered with cliched speeches and characters, the disaster flick delivers what it promises: Tidal waves come crashing down on the Himalayas, the Yellowstone park turns into volcanoland and rains giant fireballs… Freshgrads was so occupied with the non-stop action that we were left with little time to let the severity of the scale of death and destruction sink in. We were almost numb to the major catastrophes portrayed one after another.

Nonetheless, disaster film buffs are sure to get a kick out of seeing landmarks from around the globe, from the White House to the Eiffel Tower, smashed to smithereens as well as other various forms of destruction on the date - December 21, 2012, that the Mayan civilisation predicted that the world will come to an apocalyptic end. To the film's credit, humans were not blamed for globalwarming here.

Freshgrads suggests taking 2012 in for what it is - a disaster flick - and putting away logic at somewhat ridiculous parts of the plot at times such as elephants and giraffes airlifted by helicopters over the Himalayas, but immerse in and enjoy the visual feast of mind blowing CGI effects. At the end of the day, for all who intend to catch 2012, it is one show not to be missed in the theatres - your home television set will not do the great visual effects justice.

Related links: 2012 Official Site, 2012 - New York Times review, 2012 - Rotten Tomatoes review


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