November 14, 2009
Review - " 2012 " - (in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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Glover, playing the obligatory calm black President that’s called upon in disaster epics.
John Cusack stars as the failed writer and failed father that is in essence the hero of the movie, Amanda Peet as his ex wife ,
Chiwetel Ejiofor as the scientist that discovers it all and Woody Harrelson as a crazy man out in the woods that tries to deliver
the news to the public threw radio broadcast ( he has a mini station in his trailer kinda like the dude in Eight Legged Freaks).
The movie starts out in 2009 as a giant explosion on the
surface of the sun. Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) visits
a copper mine in India , supposedly one of the deepest
mines/tunnels on the planet and discovers the earths core
is heating at an exponential rate, causing the earths crust
to eventually move and cause world wide havoc and
destruction as well as causing a polar shift.
Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) finds out about the pending
doom on a camping trip in Yellowstone where he
encounters a government operation monitoring the
volcanic status of Yellowstone.
Well to make a long story short he goes on a quest to
save himself and his family and ultimately saves hundreds
in addition to his own family.
Pros of this movie is the CGI special effects were astounding. The death and destruction was amazing and beautiful. The
story was definitely a step up from "Day After Tomorrow" and "The Core"
The downside of the movie is it was all too predictable, too long, and scientifically unsound (but I guess we can forgive that a
little bit - after all how scientifically sound are vampires that sparkle like diamonds?).
Another problem I had was that Cusack and family narrowly escape doom far too many times. This guy must have the worlds
biggest rabbits foot in his back pocket. You think just once they'd be ahead of the curve and get out a good 30 minutes
before disaster strikes - but no, they have to be a mere hairs breadth away from death every time (and a very thin blonde
hair at that). Amanda Peet's new husband is the crewman in the red shirt. He's introduced simply so we can kill him off in
some gruesome manner later on. The problem is he's a nice guy, a REALLY nice guy. He treats Cusack's wife and kids better
than Cusack ever did. He deserves to live while our intrepid hero with the sad puppy dog eyes should be the one who's
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Woody
Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Danny
Glover, and a couple of obnoxious chubby
Director Roland Emmerich doesn’t do small. In
“Independence Day,” he blew up the White
House. In “Godzilla,” he unleashed a monster
lizard on New York. In “The Day After
Tomorrow,” he covered the world in ice. For his
latest epic “2012″ (and epic it is; the run time is
nearly three hours), he forecasts the end of the
world. The tale is largely told from the
perspective of John Cusack’s divorced dad, who’
s quickly joined by his ex-wife (Amanda Peet).
Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton and Oliver
Platt also join in on the fun, as does Danny
Emmerich does one thing, but he does it
right. He inserts moments of welcome black
comedy, as when Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger (played by a look-alike),
somehow still in office, announces that the
worst is over - only to be interrupted by the
worst quake yet. And Emmerich makes sure
that the special effects are nothing less than
jaw-dropping. The scene of Cusack driving
with his family as the world caves in behind
him has to go down as one of the best CGI
sequences ever filmed.”
I expected it to be un-scientific and over the
top but its still a great fun action movie.