2012 Movie Reviews

2012

2012

Release Date: Nov 13, 2009

Genre: Action/AdventureDrama

Rating: (PG-13)

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  • 5
    Society doesn t want to believe that something like this is going to happen...if you are a Christian ,you are more likely to be sure of it just by reading THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS. Humanity simply cant go on the way we are going. Simple as that. And if youve had your priorities straight..and not been "of this world and all it values" this movie i am quite sure you enjoyed.
  • 3
    I have seen all the disaster movies over the last 10 decades and this one equals the best of them all. The story line is very believable. How the largest Sun Spot ever recorded is cooking the Earth inside out like a microwave oven would do a fresh egg in the shell. The special animated effects are what you would expect from movie makers technology in 2009. Cameo roles from Woody Harrelson and Danny Glover are typical of disaster movies.
    The ending is a little bit off the wall but this is typical of world disaster movies. Go see it! What else do you have to do before 12-21-2012.
  • 2

    WATCHING L.A. take a beating is always refreshing, and there are a few minutes in 2012 that are absolutely high art: a lovingly detailed sequence of downtown L.A. wobbling on all sides of a mile-deep fissure in the earth, the skyscrapers dancing around its brink or keeling over in slow faints. A stretch limo scoots around these twisting monoliths trying to get to a comfortable cruising altitude; meanwhile, the unquiet earth rises up on both sides of the escarpment until it's a crescent-shaped motif. Then, the UNESCO World Heritage Site (What? It isn't? What the hell is up with that?) concrete advertising sign of Randy's Donuts wheels through the chaos, as if inviting the car to take the proverbial flying you know what at a rolling donut.

    Being Roland Emmerich, the director must cut away from this splendor to John Cusack, his ex-wife Amanda Peet and his family (adorable daughter and bratty son who keeps calling him by his first name instead of Dad) and the ex-wife's new squeeze, an expendable plastic surgeon (Thomas McCarthy). The ensemble pulls the appropriate sorrow-and-the-pity reactions to all the destruction we've been giggling at. The follow-up has Santa Monica sliding into the ocean, as predicted by ancient prophecies going back to the mid-1970s. The gang is on a long trip to China, where the world's powers have been preparing for just such an eventuality. "We were warned" says the posters, and you were fully warned by the previews. ("The nutbags with the cardboard signs got it right!" Cusack blurts.)

    No surprise, 2012 is a film of sequences and of wildly uneven tone. Boring family bonding is enlivened with riding around the chaos in ever-larger vehicles: from stretch limo to a private plane, risibly named "The Western Spirit." Eventually, the shell-shocked cast ends up in an Antonov 500, the imaginary larger version of the world's largest fixed-wing aircraft, the Antonov 225. The six-engine monster is our vantage point for the last implosions in Las Vegas. Many of the world's other cities get it, too. The Vatican barrel-rolls onto the praying faithful. In blurry green-screen, the Washington Monument swats a patriotic crowd. With an eye on the Obama victory, Emmerich has made 2012 gratifyingly Africanistic, right up to the film's last shot. The film has a virtuous (not to say gelded) courtship between a slightly embarrassed Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton. About to be clobbered by an aircraft carrier, U.S. President Danny Glover goes out addressing his dead wife with a Redd Foxx–worthy "I'm coming home, Dorothy."

    There's more of an aspect of subversion in 2012 that we've seen in previous Emmerich monstrosities; the film balances out its straight-faced idiocies with conspiracy and rich creeps—the Queen of England, Angela Merkel and the prime minister of Canada are among the plotters. The film soft-pedals the spiritual mumbo-jumbo, except for a Tibetan lama performing the ancient Zen proverb about the too-full cup. The leaded last 45 minutes have Cusack floundering in the studio tank. Fun's over, and we can wait for the moral of the story: Better the whole world be inundated, and the South Pole relocated to Wisconsin, than one American nuclear family should be sundered.
  • 5
    My hubby and I saw this movie last night and it was AWESOME!!! Very suspenseful- had us squeezing hands and holding our breathes.... it'll make you laugh, tear up, cheer out loud, "awww" and "oh noooooooo...." I think it is an overall 9/10 on ratings!!!
  • 3
    Very impressive fx (computer generated top level). The acting was well appointed, very believable. The storyline was very close to an old flick, When Worlds Collide. 2012 is very P.C., the world populations are the cooperatve answer to the immediate problem and we are the ones we waited for (apologies to the Matrix trilogy, not the present administration, which ripped off the Matrix). The action makes up for the heavy evil corporations/wealthy greedy
    capitalists grabbing all perks and right to survive from the worlds prolitarits. 3.5 stars for effects , 3 stars for story and 1 star for veiled propaganda.
  • 5
    If you're a disaster movie buff, then hold on to your seat and make sure you get a bucket of popcorn, a med drink, maybe a couple candies..as it is almost 3 hrs fo the best movie of its kind made to date! Those who think less are NOT true sci-fi lovers. Here there is no excess gore but special effects that will get you at the edge of your seats several times, verbally reacting, wanting to punch someone in the nose, laugh, gasp, be sad, oh heck, it's the best, Way BETTER than DAY AFTER TOMORROW...which was extremely good! It follows through, doesn't leave you hanging, loved it, will see it again and buy it asap.
    CatherineMarl, Kenosha, WI
  • 1
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  • 2
    Let's face it: You know if you want to see this movie or not. You're not buying your ticket to 2012 because of its wonderfully written script and heart wrenching, Oscar-worthy performances. You're going to see crap get destroyed. And holy hell, does crap get destroyed! Director Roland Emmerich has made a career out of turning buildings and cultural landmarks into piles of rubble. In 2012, Emmerich finally gets to do what he only toyed with in INDEPENDENCE DAY and THE DAY BEFORE TOMORROW: play god. It's not just individual structures here: it's the world. Yep, icons like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Washington Monument fall, but those are only appetizers to the real destruction. Los Angeles gets tossed into the ocean. Vegas is destroyed by a supervolcano, New York and Washington swept away by the huge waves of water that will eventually cover the earth. Yeah, there's some actors, some kind of story you probably won't care about, and a horrible script that you'll laugh at from time to time for its unintentional humor (ah, the hallmarks of a Roland Emmerich film). In the end, you'll get what you came for: complete and total devastation. And really, that's all you wanted in the first place.
  • 3
    Watching L.A. take a beating is always refreshing, and there are some scenes here that are absolutely high art: a lovingly detailed sequence of downtown L.A. wobbling on all sides of a mile-deep fissure in the earth, the skyscrapers dancing around its brink or keeling over in slow faints. A limo scoots around these twisting monoliths trying to get to a comfortable cruising altitude; meanwhile, the unquiet earth rises up on both sides of the escarpment until it's a crescent-shaped motif. Then, concrete advertising sign for Randy's Donuts wheels through the chaos. Being Roland Emmerich, the director must cut away from this splendor to John Cusack, his ex-wife Amanda Peet and his family, and the ex-wife's new squeeze, an expendable plastic surgeon (Thomas McCarthy). The ensemble pulls the appropriate sorrow-and-the-pity reactions to all the destruction we have been giggling at. This is a film of sequences and of wildly uneven tone. Boring family bonding is enlivened with riding around the chaos in ever-larger vehicles: from stretch limo to a private plane to the world's largest fixed-wing aircraft. The film balances out its straight-faced idiocies with conspiracy and rich creeps; the Queen of England, Angela Merkel and the prime minister of Canada are among the plotters. The film soft-pedals the spiritual mumbo-jumbo, except for a Tibetan lama performing the ancient Zen proverb about the too-full cup.
    Richard von Busack from Metroactive.com

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