2012 – “Disaster” Porn

Posted: November 15, 2009 in Everyone's a critic
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Alfred (Michael Caine) in The Dark Knight remarks, some men just want to watch the world burn. He was in fact referring to guys like Roland Emmerich and Michael Bay, who after all love to do nothing but to blow up as big a thing as possible. Its almost like Emmerich and Bay have a competition among them on who can spend the maximum amount in making a spectacular blow-out. Emmerich’s last big disaster release was the mega spectacle Day After Tomorrow and he needed to find a way to better that and thus decided to make 2012.

 

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2012 is the year when Earth’s crust is supposed to melt and could potentially lead to the “extinction of the species” (Yes, the movie throws as many cliches as the number of misfields by the Indian team). Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) discovers this and along with the President of the US (Danny Glover) and other heads of states, come up with a plan to survive this. Meanwhile, we have John Cusack playing a failed author Jackson Curtis who now drives limo and has been separated from wife and 2 kids, taking the kids out to Yellowstone National Park where he encounters a heavy government presence and runs into Woody Harrelson, who runs a radio program supporting the 2012 apocalypse prediction and conveys to Cusack that the government has built ships to survive the impending doom. Rest of the movie is about how John Cusack and his family escape everything that Mother Nature has to throw at them right from earthquakes to volcanoes to tsunamis.

I wont talk of plausibility here as a disaster movie offers no scope for that. I mean this is a perfect leave-your-brain-at-home movie and yes, it has been spectacularly shot. Emmerich has certainly destroyed everything remotely possible on Earth in his movies. One feels he definitely cant better it unless he decides to blow up the moon in his next venture.  Tremendously rendered, there is an almost visceral feel watching California slide into the ocean or watching a battleship carried atop a tidal wave crashing into the White House (Really!)

Of course, there is only a limit to which one can watch John Cusack and co escape from everything including the kitchen sink that Earth has to throw at them. The movie could have been made much better with reduced flab. There are some interesting questions that the movie raises in terms of how to communicate that the world is ending, how to select people who should be given the chance to survive etc but then this is a disaster movie, all these questions are given only lip service.

The real star of the show is Ejiofor. He carries his role with admirable passion. He is uncomfortable with the fact that a great part of humanity is not given a chance and struggles to come to grips with it. He raises a lot of moral questions and displays great conviction in his role. John Cusack and the rest just have to be present in the movie and dont attract special attention despite being in the movie for large portions.

Full of cliches and predictable sequences, the movie is nonetheless a visual treat and should be experienced on a large screen. However, there is a limit to which one can watch things go boom and fatigue does set in.

Rating – 6/10

PS: Moral of the story, For a family in an Emmerich movie to come together, the whole world has to suffer

 

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Comments
  1. bharath says:

    Hey, I wanted to watch this movie. Now you have spoilt all the fun!!! Nice review

  2. vinayvasan says:

    Dude come on.. Dont tell me that you did not know what the movie was about.. The trailers revealed it in abundance.. But then its still good fun.. Go watch it

  3. Sonal says:

    It was a brilliant “eye candy” movie! Loved the way it was shot and the “u-will-die-if-you-react-slightly-late” scenes. One thing I could not understand was why few characters like Gordan or Tomorrow died!
    But still, the movie rocked..had an awesome (saying it IIMB istyle) time watching it.

  4. vinayvasan says:

    No doubts on the eye candy part. It was spectacularly shot and a good time pass, for the effects atleast. But then it was predictable, a mish-mash of previous disaster movies.. Well Gordon and others have to die to ensure that John Cusack’s family got together.. You could not have Gordon alive and John Cusack getting back his family 🙂

  5. tachyon says:

    total crap movie… i liked it 🙂

  6. vinayvasan says:

    Yup was a good time pass movie… Well at the end of the day, while Armageddon and Independence Day also had lousy plots with cheesy moments, they were all awesome watches and great time-pass

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