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Monday, 16 January 2012

Review of 2012 (2009) By Mike

Title: 2012

Original UK Release Date: 13th November 2009

Original US Release Date: 13th November 2009

UK Rating: 12

US Rating: PG-13

Director: Roland Emmerich

Genre: Disaster

Plot: When a prediction about the end of the world comes true, the survivors do whatever it takes to survive, no matter what the cost.

Mike's Review

            Roland Emmerich has done it again. He seems to get a kick out of bringing out humanities worst fears and putting them on screen in all its glory. After destroying a large part of the world in Independence Day: ID4, and trashing New York with Godzilla, he decides to go the rest of the way and change the face of the earth forever and in the process kill off most of humanity. What is the enemy this time? Aliens? Nope done that. Monsters? Nope also done that. Bad weather? Once again done that. What is left? I know lets have the sun spit out solar flares that heat up the earth’s core and destabilize the planet! Whatever his problem with humanity is, it translates well on to film. This is an epic disaster movie. No part of the world is safe and there is no magic quick fix here.

            The film itself is simple, massive destruction minimal plot. But in this case it really works. With amazing effects and a great cast that includes John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Danny Glover and the story is played out well and the acting is good. It is not too over the top except the stand out performance from the great Woody Harrelson. He is your go to guy when you are looking for crazy, and once again he pulls off the crazy guy effortlessly.

I really enjoyed this film and I think it has been given an unfairly hard time by critics and movie goers alike. I don’t understand what people expected from this film. It is a disaster film not The Shawshank Redemption! I expected disaster and destruction and it exceeded my expectations. I didn’t expect award winning performances by the actors (many of who are award nominees and winners), and I didn’t expect a plot more complicated than oh shit, we are going to die what can we do? Many viewers and critics must have forgotten the other films by Roland Emmerich when viewing this or they were comparing it to other films that were released at the same time. However I judge a film on its own merit and not comparing it to films that are in a different category. As a disaster movie it doesn’t get much better than this.

9 out of 10

Additional Information

Stand out performance: Woody Harrelson as Charlie Frost


1 comment:

  1. just brought this film on blu ray, i just hope it doesnt happen ! the effects save this film as the thought of the earth destroying itself is never a cheery thought. loved the plane scenes.