Wednesday, 4 January 2017

2012 Review


Release Date: 12th November 2009 - Australia

Production Companies 
Columbia Pictures
Centropolis Entertainment

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 158 minutes

Budget: $200,000,000

Box Office Gross: $769,679,473 

Plot Summary 
Dr. Adrian Helmsley, part of 
a worldwide geophysical team 
investigating the effect on 
the earth of radiation from 
unprecedented solar storms, 
learns that the earth's core is 
heating up. He warns U.S. 
President Thomas Wilson 
that the crust of the earth is 
becoming unstable and that 
without proper preparations 
for saving a fraction of the 
world's population, the entire 
race is doomed. Meanwhile, 
writer Jackson Curtis stumbles 
on the same information. While 
the world's leaders race to 
build "arks" to escape the 
impending cataclysm, Curtis 
struggles to find a way to save 
his family. Meanwhile, volcanic 
eruptions and earthquakes of 
unprecedented strength wreak 
havoc around the world.

John Cusack - Jackson Curtis
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Adrian Hensley
Amanda Peet - Kate Curtis
Thandie Newton - Laura Wilson
Oliver Platt - Carl Anheuser
Tom McCarthy - Gordon Sliberman
Danny Glover - President Thomas Wilson
Woody Harrelson - Charlie Frost
Liam James - Noah Curtis
Ziatko Buric - Yuri Karpov
Alexandre Haussmann - Alec
Philippe Haussmann - Oleg
Johann Urb - Sasha
John Billingsley - Professor West
Chin Han - Tenzin
Osric Chau - Nima
Tseng Chang - Grandfather Sonam
Lisa Lu - Grandmother Sonam 
Blu Mankuma - Harry Helmsley
George Segal - Tony Delgatto 
Stephen McHattie - Captain Michaels
Patrick Bauchau - Roland Picard
Jimi Mistry - Dr. Satnam Tsurutani
Ryan McDonald - Scotty
Merrilyn Gann - German Chancellor
Henry O - Lama Rinpoche
Zinaid Memisevic - President Sergey Makarenko
Paul Tryl - Zultan

Writer/Executive Producer/Director - Roland Emmerich
Writer/Producer/Music - Harald Kloser
Executive Producers - Ute Emmerich and Michael Wimer 
Producers - Mark Gordon and Larry Franco
Co-Producers/Visual Effects Supervisors - Volker Engel and Marc Weigert
Co-Producer - Aaron Boyd
Production Designer - Barry Chisid
Costume Designer - Shay Cunliffe
Director of Photography - Dean Semler
Special Effects Supervisor - Mike Vezina
Film Editors - David Brenner and Peter S. Elliott
Visual Effects Supervisor: SPI - Peter Nofz 
Music - Thomas Wanker

In the lead-up to the celebrations for New Year's Eve, I revisited the apocalyptic disaster flick of 2012. The film was released in 2009, the storyline was a prediction of the supposed doomsday outcome for the year 2012 which fortunately didn't happen in real life because it is false. Since then, all the fears and scepticism from everyone and myself about the movie have all died down because there was no such apocalypse in this timeline. It has come to my attention that 2012 was a big-budget flawed disaster movie, that is on a huge scale and featured a long running time which minimises the impact of the destruction scenes. It seems the director Roland Emmerich was more interested in the dark tone and visual effects than using his efforts to try and fix the obviously incoherent storyline. 

John Cusack, Amanda Peet and Danny Glover's characterisation of their roles was too thin for such an ambitious movie with such a mediocre script. Though Danny seemed like a suitable actor to portray an inspirational authority figure similar to Barack Obama, even his role wasn't the biggest in the movie. The best actor that was able to pull through the picture with its cheap and blatant scriptwriting is Woody Harrelson who overacts, as an ill-fated conspiracy theorist that informs the hero Cusack that the world is coming to an end. 

To be fair, this isn't exactly a deep, profound and emotional feature from the director. In my view, this movie is not worth a second viewing and is very likely to be an insult to the intelligence of moviegoers. It's probably better than REVENGE OF THE FALLEN from Michael Bay which are both released in the same year.

Star rating: (5/10) Average

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