Movie Review: 2012 (2009)

The Mayans predicted that the world come to an end on December 2012. Roland Emmerich takes this notion and makes it into the biggest disaster movie of the year. But is 2012 worth the hype?

2012 is full of visuals Emmerich has been known for--  like Los Angeles falling appart, Mount Everest getting flooded, and Christ the Redeemer crumbling to pieces. The action gets pretty relentless and fast-paced, but the story is really a stretch. The premise is OK, but when it comes to the lives and adventures of the main characters (John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor), you really have to suspend your disbelief.

I feel this film is heavily influenced by the director's past hit Independence Day. The structure of the two films is similar, from the source of the threat to the planet (extra terrestrial) to the characters in the film (family man, scientists, the United States president). But one thing that Emmerich makes different is the political correctness of 2012. In the film, a global threat is handled properly by a global alliance, and not just one country.

2012 is visual effects fest and it features very powerful images of what could happen in a global scale cataclysm. But it's long and a bit far-fetched, to the point you need to stretch your imagination all the way to 2012.

Rating: 3/5

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