Disaster movie maker Roland Emmerich, whose other hit films include Independence Day and The Day after Tomorrow, has once again struck cinematic gold with his latest breathtaking action-adventure movie 2012.
Drawing on the Mayan prophecy that the world will end on 21st December 2012, Emmerich takes us on a visual journey of gargantuan proportions. The planet is being attacked, but this time it isn't aliens threatening the existence of the human race, its solar flares heating up the earth's core.
Whilst camping with his kids in Yellowstone, failed author Jackson Curtis (John Cussack) comes across a secret military operation. Woody Harrelson, a nutty conspiracy theory radio presenter tells him that the end of the world is nigh and that the government know it. True enough, top scientist Adrian (Ejiofor) is working for the government on a top secret project which will ensure that a selected proportion of the population will survive the impending natural catastrophes.
Jackson attempts to save his children and ex-wife but by the time he reaches them in LA, the chaos has begun - Yellowstone has turned into a supervolcano, whole cities have been destroyed and colossal tsunamis cause devastation across the globe. With time running out, is there anywhere they can escape to?
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play From Roland Emmerich director of The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day comes the ultimate action-adventure film exploding with groundbreaking special effects As the world faces a catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions cities collapse and continents crumble 2012 brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors
Apocalyptic action sci-fi from the director of 'Independence Day' (1996) and 'The Day After Tomorrow' (2004) starring John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson. The ancient Mayan calendar has predicted that the world will end on 21 December 2012 and scientists have confirmed the prediction as fact, but as the fateful date looms ever closer and tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and typhoons begin to cause devastating destruction, desperate efforts are made across the world to try to prevent or prepare for the inevitable disaster. Jackson Curtis (Cusack), a divorced writer and researcher trying to survive the cataclysm with his daughter, draws on his knowledge of ancient writings to keep them and others who have managed to survive alive.
Average Rating for 2012 - 3 out of 5
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Roland Emmerich, the man who brought us "Independence Day" and "The Day After Tomorrow", brings us yet another disaster movie that completely blows all of his previous disaster films out of the water, CGI wise. This films CGI really does make his other movies look tame in comparison, but you can't rate a movie solely on its look and technological achievements (Avatar anyone? Great film, but without that 3D would It have been so popular?), so It does have its flaws.
The film is based on a Mayan prophecy (That the world will end on the 21st of December 2012) and circles around the survival of one man, Jackson Curtis (John Cussack), and the band of people and family that join him. It's not your typical end of the world sci-fi film, as its not aliens blasting the planet to dust, It's the Earth and nature itself that Is the enemy, much like "The Day After Tomorrow".
The film is great, don't get me wrong, but it really could have been executed a bit better. Yes there are some great character moments, some laugh out loud moments and some great plot moments, but beyond those very few moments the film Is basically about the visuals of the world ending, of which are superb. If you want to see the world end In style (On the movie screen of course) then this Is the film to see, because the CGI Is very Impressive and really did give you a sense of realism. But In my view, had the film not had these Impressive CGI scenes, then It would have been a flop, because there're big plot holes, the characters get out of danger over and over again, danger that no normal human could escape, and these escapes become quite repetitive as they're In a car, then a plane, a car again and then again. The film is great If you want some popcorn munching action, but other than action and CGI this film really doesn't have all that much else to offer.
The other good side to this film Is Woody Harrelson playing a nut radio presenter who tells the world of his end of days theories, and he provides most of the before mentioned short spouts of comedy.
So In short, it's a good CGI fest of a film with good but sometimes unrealistic action sequences, but lacks good character moments, plot and sometimes acting. All In all though, it's well worth a watch and a good addition to anyone's DVD collection.
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