2012 : Movie Review
November 17, 2009 11:55pm CST
We all know of the long old prediction by the Mayans that the world will witness total destruction on the the 21st of December 2012 and our imagination has run a long way thinking about "the" day! There have been so many movies with the concept of destruction of the world, Armageddon was jaw dropping, war of the worlds was decorated with superb performances and then there was The day after tomorrow which was a good effort. But here comes 2012, which probably was expected to be the best of them all. Unfortunately apart from special effects, the movie is a waste. The performances by the actors are dull, the concept is no big surprise. If I'm applauding then the applause is only for the special effects team who did a AWESOME job. But somewhere I feel there were a lot of glitches in the story. To point out one, in the movie, it was said that the Mayans believed that total planetary eclipse will occur on 12.21.12, so that means there will be total darkness on almost each and every planet. Nowhere in the movie is there night time or even darkness except for a few scenes, and even those scenes are before the calamity starts. Another, is the cracking of ground or in technical terms - the crust of the earth! There are so many scenes of ground just tearing apart that it gets boring to see it again and again, and again. And even worse was to see the ground tear apart so dramatically. I felt I was watching another Final Destination movie. Enough cons, a few pros are also there. The movie has a at par performance by John Cussack and Thandie Newton. Special effects where jaw dropping and superbly defined. Verdict : 6/10
• Quezon City, Philippines
18 Nov 09
Very nice review of the movie. I think they totally revised the story and they based their stories to various theories and did not focus on the Mayan Prediction like many were anticipating in the movie. Instead they used that Sun's solar flare and the earth's polar shifting theory which is more scientific by nature than the Mayan Prediction. They just adapted the Mayan as the basis for their title but the story do not revolve around that. As for me I think the movie was made with great effort on destruction of the earth especially of the continental US. I was awed by the tidal waved that went overboard Mt. Everest. I could just imagined what happened to my country if ever that happened. I also recalled they must have adapted the Noah's ark story over there as they have made large boats instead of space ships. It was made more dramatic when there were some incidence of failure because of some people that got underground and messed the gears of the ship. What I like about the story is the value it gives. It is about greediness vs. saving humanity. I think in the end despite there were conflicts to let the people in or not it is shown in there that human nature of helping one another still is the basic instinct when disaster like that happens.