Excerpt: If and when the world ends, please let it be as fun, loud, optimistic and excessive an apocalypse as the one Roland Emmerich puts forth in 2012 . The $200 million, 158-minute spectacle is the state of the art in global woe, less oppressive than Emmerich's climate-change call to action in The Day After Tomorrow and infinitely more sincere than the tongue-in-cheek devastation of Independence Day .
Excerpt: Surprisingly, the script is quite entertaining and even touching, but Emmerich couldn't resist the urge to create a CGI-infested action flick that causes more laughter than tension. Regardless, it looks and sounds fantastic with an amazingly detailed 1080p/AVC encode and bombastic DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack.
Excerpt: Back in the ‘70s, when disaster movies hit their prime, science used to be explained. That giant asteroid that was going to wipe us out? The audience knew what it was, where it came from, and why it was going to wipe us out. Sure, maybe 3% of it was actually true, but at least they tried. Now 40 years after the genre gained steam, those previous expectations are gone. Roland Emmerich’s 2012 briefly explains what is happening.
Excerpt: The Film With his final (we can only hope) disaster film director Roland Emmerich borrows heavily from his own past films including Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, while injecting a bit of Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow, Deep Impact, Titanic , When Worlds Collide (which is ironically being remade as well) and The Poseidon Adventure into the mix.
Pros: Actors: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton and Danny Glover, Director: Ronald Emmerich, Audio Languages: English, French, Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital, English Audio Description Track, Subtitles: English SDH, French, Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1, Number of Discs: 2, Rating: R, Studio: Sony Pictures, Release Date: March 2, 2010, Run Time: 158 minutes, List Price: $39.95, Extras: Interactive Mayan ...
Excerpt: What happens when you give a writer-director infamous for over-the-top, visual-effects-heavy, plot-loose films $200-million and a greenlight to do whatever he wants? 2012 is what, and it certainly doesn’t thwart any expectations. It's exactly what you'd expect from giving Roland Emmerich a blank check and a pat on the back. It seems almost senseless to give an overview of the plot, as it bears little to no relevance to your enjoyment of the film.
Excerpt: People who view screenwriting as an art and don't particularly care about audience reaction to their films bristle at the thought of screenplay classes, in which Plot Element A and Plot Element B can be put together in such a way that-- voila!-- a hit is born. But Roland Emmerich has taken that very kind of formula writing and made a veritable empire out of it, returning every few years to destroy some corner of the earth and invent a handful of earnest heroes,...
Excerpt: Having exhausted the commercial potential of crystals and angels—so ’80s and ’90s, respectively—the New Age industry has spent much of this decade sounding the siren about the year 2012. A date of great significance on the Mayan Long Count Calendar for those who choose to look at it a certain way, 2012 will either bring about the end of the world or usher in a new era of human consciousness, greater understanding between nations, talking ponies, ice-cream fountains,...
Excerpt: For the most part, "2012" requires you to be strapped in as you are overwhelmed by loud noises and CGI carnage. But what little joy there is to savour in the crumbling of national monuments is quickly lost in the cracks of boredom. There are only so many times a plane can out-run impending destruction before a plot becomes anymore predictable, while we look at our watches and wonder why oh why is it taking so long for the world to end?
Excerpt: Aaahh, jag njuter av filmer som 2012 . Inte bara för filmens skull utan för den upphetsade diskussion som blossar upp efter en film som denna. Roland Emmerich är mannen som gör saker stora, större, störst och lägger i gamet pengar som skulle rädda såväl Grekland som Island ur sina ekonomiska trångmål många gånger om. Pengarna syns på duken, strömmar ur högtalarna och den som vill se Jorden gå under snyggt och maffigt behöver ej vänta längre.