Movie Review: '2012'

Movie Review: '2012'

Summary: The Mayans predict the world is ending on December 21st, 2012.

Published November 10, 2009

2012Summary : The Mayans predict the world is ending on December 21st, 2012. The government hides the end of days and once the secret is out, it’s a mad race to survival headquarters.

Review : I had no idea 2012 included an all-star cast: Woody Harrelson , Thandie Newton , Danny Glover and Chiwetel Ejiofor .  Newton, Glover and Ejiofor are missing from the trailers and seem to be doing no press.  I thought John Cusack was the only headliner.

It's clear, 2012 is no Independence Day or The Day After Tomorrow , two films that were directed by Roland Emmerich , who also directed this film. 2012 is another tale of global destruction that we have all witnessed before, but this time it's padded with Sony PSP-like special effects, not-even-bad-enough-to-be-camp dialogue and a nap-inducing running time of 158 minutes.  2012 is a gargantuan mess.

The Bad  -  2012 's desire to inject poorly written emotionality into a typical disaster flick is the mostly costly error. There are too many random characters for you to care: a scientist, a jazz musician, the president, a novelist, a radio host, a rich Russian and the list goes on. Their high school drama monologues matched with fantastical scenarios detonates the possibility of a fun popcorn flick. With each minute, 2012 's script crumbles right at the core.

The Almost Good  -  There are some suspensions of disbelief that you must take in a disaster movie. Characters always have perfect timing -- in 2012 they expertly dodge falling buildings, escape the ground vanishing beneath them and learn how to fly a plane as easily as riding a bike. Regardless, there are some suspenseful scenes and the film succeeds when it focuses solely on the action. It's a hoot to watch the Eiffel Tower, Washington Monument and Vatican City get destroyed (New York was left alone this time around!). In moments, there is a decent plot under the rubble of melodrama -- 2012 just never quite gets to it.

2012 is in theaters this Friday, November 13th.

Written by Clay Cane

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