Movie Review – 2012 – Fantastic Effects

Columbia Pictures - 2012

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.

Woody Harrelson in Columbia Pictures' 2012

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.




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17 Responses to Movie Review – 2012 – Fantastic Effects

  1. pinkpau December 8, 2009 at 4:05 pm #

    this movie was so patronizing and so boring after the five millionth rumbling crack in the ground that i wanted to cry T____T

  2. EVo December 8, 2009 at 4:11 pm #

    I’ve a fren who loves this kinda movies…but she fell asleep after the 1st hour and there goes rm12 haha. so what’s d next movie?

  3. Mark Leo December 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    Ok what the movie, but I do agree with you. Watch it at home and you will be bored to tears. I want a Bentley now! πŸ˜›

  4. KY December 8, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    that should be better than the awesome ninja movie with rain that i saw! lol

  5. kitkat December 8, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    good movie..the effects were great..although there is not much emotion involved..just BOOM!!!BOOM!!BOOM!!!

  6. eyeris December 8, 2009 at 11:32 pm #

    I got bored when the tsunamis started hitting….

  7. Azizul December 9, 2009 at 10:25 am #

    to be honest, i hate the fact that john cusack can survive while all other simply die. One more thing, how come that plastic surgeon able to fly a plane. So very not logic. If i’m watching this movie at home sure it will take 3 or 4 pause/play to finish it because some part are just plain boring. i also watch astroboy, that movie is nice

  8. Lee | Money4Invest December 10, 2009 at 10:07 am #

    I think the movie effects were great and better than “The Day After Tommorow”. But don’t watch it at home because you will miss the great sound effects + disaster effects. It’s always good to watch this kind of movie at Cinema with bigger screen.

  9. r4 dsi December 11, 2009 at 1:27 pm #

    The 2012 movie is brought to us by master of disaster Roland Emmerich, director of ID4, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow and 10,000 B.C. The preview is trying to sell us on effects awesomeness. Let’s strip away the bulls**t and see it for what it is – a likely sign of the moviepocalypse.

  10. ShaolinTiger December 14, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    pinkpau: Hahah for American audiences la! Of course stupid.

    EVo: Yah, not the most interesting film.

    Mark Leo: Engine Start!

    KY: Hahah that wouldn’t be hard I think.

    kitkat: Yah no plot, just a long string of massive SFX.

    eyeris: That was after about 15 minutes right? Haha.

    Azizul: It’s not logical at all, it follows the same old forumla.

    Lee: Of course, newer technology and faster rendering farms lead to better effects.

    r4 dsi: See what it is? It’s a popcorn movie, nothing more and nothing less.

  11. charles December 18, 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    Well said….it was indeed a so-so movie. Agreed with the point that it was better of to watch it in the big screen than in your bedroom.

  12. burd December 19, 2009 at 12:25 am #

    yeah!!!it’s boring.i just watch part of it before falling asleep.except for the sound effect, it’s just like a Disney movie, nothing interesting about it

  13. The Envoy December 21, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    The graphics were awesome!

  14. ShaolinTiger December 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    charles: Yah pretty disappointing.

    burd: Hahaha yah.

    The Envoy: That was the only good part, but even then that got tedious after a while.

  15. Suxed so much January 8, 2010 at 8:30 pm #


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  17. ShaolinTiger January 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

    Suxed so much: Cos you sux so much.

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