2012 is one of those films that you see advertised and you know that the story is likely to be pretty bad but the special effects look so good you also know you’ll enjoy it.
As a disaster blockbuster 2012 does a great job with various landmarks crumbling under the influence of earthquakes, tidal waves and the like.
The film tells the story of Curtis Jackson (John Cusack), a struggling science fiction writer who has a chance meeting with eccentric conspiracy broadcaster Charlie Frost (Woody Harrelson). Frost tell Jackson about the 2012 phenomenon (short version – the world ends after a series of natural disasters in 2012).
Jackson dimisses this but as events begin unravelling around him he starts to believe that perhaps the old prophecy is coming true and tries to do all he can to save his family and friends.
Interlaced with Jackson’s story are several mini stories of people caught up in the disasters that Jackson crosses paths with.
One of the problems I had with this film that I’ve never had before was the fact that at least one of the frantic, visceral scenes (the car being chased by an earthquake) fell flat because I’d actually experienced this myself. Not in real life obviously but as part of the game Alone In The Dark.
This meant that while I appreciated the polish of the scene it had no great excitement compared to the interactive version I’d played through.
However I do think they did a great job with the effects on this film and it’s certainly an enjoyable watch.
2012 does exactly what you want it to. Entertains throughout and destroys plenty of recognisable landmarks along the way. The story wasn’t great and some of the characterisation felt a little lazy but overall this is worth a watch if you like action films.
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