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Roland Emmerich has displaced Irwin Allen as king of the disaster movies. His two recent forays into this genre (many consider 10,000 BC to be one) and The Day After Tomorrow were mostly entertaining, but 2012 reaches a new milestone. Based on the Mayan prophecy that the world as we know it will end in December 2012 (saves on Christmas shopping!), 2012 offers up one cataclysmic disaster after another with some stunning digital effects. John Cusack does his usual yeomanlike everyman rising to the situation against a green screen, and Oliver Platt is entertaining as a smarmy politician. Formulaic in parts (the children always get saved), this is still fast paced entertainment. The Blu ray picture quality and sound are exemplary, and if you crank up the volume enough in your home theater, you might have neighbors with pitchforks visiting. All in all, a great popcorn movie experience!
I saw this film at the theater and liked the action and effects, and it's almost as good on Blu Ray, despite a totally ridiculous plot. Fans of disaster and end-of-the-world films will like this one.
I had heard some pretty bad things about this movie. I was prepared for the worst. Yes, the dialogue is hokey. Yes, the plot is implausible (as far as we know). Yes, there are some AMAZING coincidences that take place. Yes, everyone on the planet (except the makers of this movie) knows that jet airplanes can't fly through volcanic ash -- yet they do anyway, several times. Yes, it is a bit preachy all the way through the movie. Yes, according to this movie, white people are pretty bad and black people and people of color are mostly good. Yes, it's a convenient, symbolic, cheesy, bordering-on-racist ending ("The whole African continent has risen several thousand feet and most likely, never even flooded!"). The rest of the world was flooded. For those of you who haven't read The Bible, God flooded the Earth because it was filled with evil (this movie seems to forget that He promised he would never do it again). Yes, it's two-and-a-half hours long, when it really didn't have to be (as usual with 2.5 hour long movies).
Having said all of that, all-in-all, it was a fairly entertaining movie. The special effects were pretty damn good. The story is fairly compelling. The acting is marginal, but the actors didn't have much quality dialogue to deal with. The direction was a little sketchy too, but with a guilty "pleasure" like this movie, you can even excuse that. I know it sounds like I'm talking you out of the movie, but I'm actually trying to talk you into it. It's worth seeing.
It,s another disaster movie done on a bigger scale. The story we all know done with bigger & better special effects. That being said, it was still very entertaining to watch & wonder who was going to survive.
Had to added to my blu-ray/dvd libary for it's special effects and dramatic scene, but I was kind of dissapointed with the storyline and the little mention of the real story of the movie like mayas prediction, the actual date, the publics view and awareness. The whole movie was mostly about this one guy running around and barely escaping every dangereous scene, trying to get his fam. on a sub full of rich people. production forgot to focus on the rest of humanity last few hours on earth. Ehh, but that's just me.
interesting plot but the end of the world?only on the myan calendar not on any other but they can believe if they want but when JANUARY 1 2013 rolls around everyone will know they were wrong
Special effects are fantastic in HD, however, the storyline leaves a lot to be desired. Rent rather than buy.