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2012 Any Good?

Published November 9, 2009 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures
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I adored Independence Day when it first came out. Tons of action, tons of destruction, tons of comedy and Will Smith made a perfect combo. The Roland Emmerich tried to talk some Global Warming sense into me with The Day After Tomorrow, a film that might have actually hurt any environmentalist's cause by overdoing just about everything. The film had a few visuals, but ended up being pretty lame. Then came 10,000 BC, and I immediately wanted to see it. I did, and I hated it. Besides a few visuals, I was once again left with a film that had nothing real to offer. So now comes 2012, a film that looks to be Emmerich's coup de gras.

Judging by the first reviews for the film, the director does (finally) succeed at making a film that pulls off some realistic destruction. If only the characters could live up to the environments in which they are placed.


Early Reviews: 2012


Yes, I just might catch 2012, but I'm not expecting Earth shattering performances. Earth shattering special effects, maybe, but I've already completely dropped any expectation one might have on the actual story or plot. The first two reviews seem to agree with my assumption.

Variety
The notion of playing God is implicit in the job of a film director, and rarely has the sense of a wrathful, vengeful deity at the helm, albeit a pagan one, been so comprehensively felt as in "2012.'' For demolition maestro Roland Emmerich, "Independence Day,'' "Godzilla'' and "The Day After Tomorrow'' were mere appetizers for the lip-smacking smorgasbord of global annihilation laid out here. This simultaneously spectacular and risible concoction looks likely to trigger a worldwide B.O. tsunami for Sony.

On any level other than as sheer visual sensation, "2012'' is a joke, for the simple reason that it has no point of view; the film offers no philosophical, metaphysical, intellectual and certainly no religious perspective on the cataclysm, just the physical frenzy of it all. But to ask this would be taking the picture far too seriously. Or not.



Hollywood Reporter
Grab-bag of disaster movie cliches will thrill less demanding audiences.

This time Emmerich and co-writer Harald Kloser use the Mayan calendar and other end-of-days prophecies for their doomsday scenario, which imagines the world coming to an end in 2012. Eye-popping special effects ensure that this movie will be a smash hit, and while it's entertaining for most of its excessive running time, the cheesy script fails to live up to the grandeur of the physical production.


Like what you hear? Then check out the full reviews for 2012 by clicking the bold links above.

2012 opens to theaters on November 13th.

For the teaser trailer and more movie info, go to the 2012 Movie Page.

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