Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. A global cataclysm brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.
Centuries ago, the Maya left us their calendar, with a clear end date and all that it implies. By 2012, we’ll know — we were warned.
It’s inevitable for someone to make a movie about the rather overhyped 2012 phenomena as predicted by the Mayans to be the end of the world.
There have been some movies about it before, but not quite as big budget as this. You could almost consider with movie an epic with the superb special effects and 2hrs 38mins run-time.
And of course in the 90’s we had our batch of disaster movies like Deep Impact and Armageddon. Of course this big task was taken up by one of the masters of disaster Roland Emmerich famed for similar movies to 2012 like Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow.
Of course this one follows pretty much the same plot, a fairly cheesy but slightly dysfunctional American family (John Cusack & Amanda Peet) trying to survive the end of the World.
As for the film itself, it has a fairly average score of 6.3 on IMDB and I would agree or mark it slightly lower.
The star of the show for me was Woody Harrelson as the slightly whacked out hippy conspiracy theorist and of course the famous “Engine Start” Russian fella.
After that..well the effects are fantastic, but honestly nowdays we’ve seen so many amazing special effects it’s not the same as say when Terminator 2 or Independence Day came out.
At the time they came it was mind-blowing, now it’s like we’ve seen it all before so we do need the plot and script to keep up with the effects.
Yah it’s a typical blockbuster, yah it drags at times and yah there’s not really much plot just a string of massive special effects scenes.
Is it enjoyable? Yah, but only on the big screen. If you watch it at home you’ll probably be bored to tears (unless you own a 30 ft panoramic screen in your personal home cinema – then please invite me over!).
I recommend it, but don’t expect to be excercising your brain whilst watching.
Just sit back, munch your popcorn and don’t analyze it too much.
I give it a OMG NOW THAT’S A TSUNAMI 6/10.