This movies tagline is “We Were Warned”, it’s just a shame we weren’t warned just how awful this $200,000,000 CGI fest really is. I’m all for a good Sci-Fi/Action flick and coming from a director (Roland Emmerich) who is well known for his over-the-top disaster movies, I didn’t expect anything more, but this movie really is an insult to human intelligence. It’s filled with so many cheesy cringeworthy moments it could almost pass for being a comedy film. There is no back story to the movie whatsoever, apart from some rubbish about planetary alignment, solar flares heating the Earth’s core, crustal displacement and of course a brief mention about the Mayans. What we do get instead is Jackson Curtis, (played by John Cusack) with a group of other people who outrun erupting volcanoes and earthquakes, driving cars through collapsing skyscrapers, landing huge planes ontop of mountains, always being in the right place at the right time and when they’re not, somehow managing to defy the odds and survive only to be put into yet another laughable situation and coming out unscathed on the other side. If this really is what the year 2012 is going to throw at us then we haven’t got anything to worry about! That’s pretty much the gist of it. It’s hard to understand why certain people have been scared by a bad movie such as this because there is nothing remotely scary about it. That goes to believers and non-believers alike. The movie Tremors is more scary. I guess the only difference being is that people don’t go running around screaming that there are giant man eating monsters living underground but there are nutjobs running about screaming the world is going to end in 2012!
Of course this movie shouldn’t be taken seriously, and anyone who does so is quite frankly an idiot. At the end of the day it is what it is, and that’s an over-the-top Sci-Fi/Action CGI fest that has cashed in on the whole 2012 saga, nothing more. It would amaze me if even the firm 2012 believers were to be taken in by this movie because it delivers no meaning whatsoever to the audience. The movie doesn’t come with some message about what’s to come, or how to survive it or anything of that nature. Even if you look past all the eye candy and somehow manage to look deeper into the film, there is nothing new or powerful that grips you. It’s no different to the countless other disaster/survival movies before it, just on a bigger scale and has the 2012 BS attached to it. All in all the movie is horrible, and that’s not just because it’s about 2012, even if it didn’t have the 2012 myth attached to it, it would still be a horrible movie and painful to watch because of all the laughable cheesy ‘yeah right, as if’ moments that make is so bad. However having said this, the CGI in this movie is very good indeed, not spectacular but that’s pretty much what the movie is all about, the special effects. Sadly though, just having good special effects and nothing more doesn’t make for a good movie, and 2012 is a prime example of that. I wouldn’t say don’t go and see it, if you can handle the 2 hours and 40 minutes worth of cheese this movie throws at you and don’t mind losing a few thousand braincells along the way, then by all means watch it. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you when you leave with a bad taste in your mouth!
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