Categories: Movie Reviews
Written By: KeithGeo
2012 is the latest effort from the king of disaster movies Roland Emmerich. Emmerich in the past has directed Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow both filled to the brim with destruction, in the process taking advantage of destroying everything from the Whitehouse in Washington D.C. to New York City itself. So it will come as no surprise that plenty of iconic sights around the world are totally wiped out in all manner of inventive ways, in fact the entire world is wiped out in this one!
The story is that classic tale of man discovers the world is going to end, tells the Americans, they save humanity (some of it anyways). Intermixed in with this is the usual story of a separated guy trying to reconnect with his estranged family and along the way avoiding death in some of the most miraculous escapes ever put on film. There isn’t much else to this story that we haven’t seen before in films like Armageddon or Deep impact, some people die, some people don’t. The difference here is in the special effects department, some of the destruction is just incredible. In the past we have seen cities destroyed but never with the attention to detail seen here, when buildings come down people are seen hanging onto windows for dear life. When freeways are destroyed cars tumble and spin through the air into each other.
The special effects are really the main selling point here. The story of John Cusacks character trying to reconnect with his two kids and ex wife is just filler to stick in between the end of day’s carnage. It doesn’t distract from the movie itself, not by any means, but with a hefty running time of 158 minutes you can see where a lot of this stuff could have been left on the cutting room floor. I will say this for its 2 hours 30 minutes run time, even though I felt the movie was very long, I wasn’t bored for one second watching it BUT I can see where you could drift off if this type of film is not your cup of tea.
While John Cusack is the star of this movie without a doubt and lets be honest Cusack is a great actor in whatever film he is in even if the film itself is pants, there is a lot of other familiar faces in 2012 from Woody Harrelson as a crazy conspiracy theorist/ Radio show host, Danny Glover as the president of the United States and the always entertaining Oliver Platt. Plenty of other faces that will have you asking yourself “where do I know that guy from”.
To wrap up, it’s a great disaster movie, great special effects, and passable filler in between the destruction. Some cheesy parts of course, but that’s part and parcel of these type of films. If you like disaster films, then you will enjoy 2012, if not stay away! Me personally I enjoyed so I will give 2012 four Shatner heads.