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2012 by Roland Emmerich

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2012 - embitterment level - disappointment level
Blame it on the Mayas. Because some people think their calender ends in 2012 and believe therefore the world ends in 2012, Roland Emmerich has decided to destroy what’s left of Mother Earth after Independence Day, Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrow. All the usual cardboard characters are assembled to live through (or die during) the disaster: The dysfunctional family (John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Liam James), the seemingly lunatic conspiracy theorist who blares out the truth via his pirate radio station (Woody Harrelson) but nobody wants to listen, the filthy rich guy who wants to buy himself out of Armageddon and his gold-digging girlfriend (Zlatko Buric and Beatrice Rosen), heroic and truthful scientists and statesmen and of course selfish politicians who keep the truth under wraps and are willing to kill thousands for their own safety.
But it’s not the characters, the acting or the dialogues (beware!) what Emmerich-fans (and most probably Emmerich himself) are interested in – it’s the special effects and the destruction of landmarks, and this is where you will not be disappointed. It’s the End of the World as we know it, after all, and Emmerich doesn’t pull his punches – Los Angeles goes down, the Yellowstone Caldera blows up, and the rest of the world doesn’t fare much better.
What disappoints are the Arks – they are not half as majestic as you would expect after waiting for a feeled eternity – and after 90 minutes of disaster the destruction orgies start to feel redundant. And after 158 minutes of 2012 your bottom will feel numb and you will wish at least half an hour of teary-cheesy dialogue would have found their way to the floor of the cutting-room (where reason and logic probably also ended up – may they rest in peace).

2012 - California is going down  John Cusack and Woody Harrelson - 2012 


2012 movie trailer

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