2012 - A Review of the Movie

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2012 is the latest offering from Roland Emmerich, who has also made The Day After Tomorrow, The Patriot and Independence Day. Written as well as directed by Emmerich, the movie  belongs to the disaster film genre. It is an apocalyptic story with Biblical references and allusions to the Mayan belief that the world will come to an end in 2012.

Briefly, the movie revolves around the end of the world. This is believed to be caused by the earth’s crust heating up and resulting in natural disasters like the mega tsunami, displacement of continents and earthquakes that plunge the world into mayhem.

This information is discovered by two geologists, Adrian Helmsley and Dr. Satnam Tsurutani, who advise the American President. The G-8 heads of state are made aware of the situation. Together they plan to ensure the survival of the human race. They embark on a secret project of building ships (akin to Noah’s Ark) in the Himalayas, and selected people are chosen to board the ships. Tickets for traveling on these ships are also sold at exorbitant prices to raise money.

2012 has a large cast of actors and multiple plots. How this ensemble struggles to survive and the various sub-plots come together form part of the narrative.
Highly sophisticated special effects make some of the scenes scintillating and irresistible. The film chugs laboriously in some places and moves briskly at others. It does have the typical Hollywood predictability to it.  Though 2012 is based on the Mayan prophecy, not much has been done to cover that angle adequately. The personal stories of the cast provide the emotional thread to the otherwise graphic story.

2012 has got mostly mixed reviews, with many critics carping about its being excessively cliched. If you’d rather buy a DVD or Blu-ray of the movie, you will need to wait until March 2010.

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