PLOT: A global catastrophe threatening to end the world, throws together a disparate group of survivors.
REVIEW: 2012 is exactly what the trailers make it look like- a bombastic disaster film that, like many of director Roland Emmerich's films, manages to be both wildly stupid, and entertaining- although a couple of his films (GODZILLA & 10,000 BC) didn't succeed in the latter.
This really is your quintessential, check your brain at the door type of film. If you're anything like me you'll be thoroughly entertained throughout, but hate yourself for liking it afterwards. I mean, really, what exactly is 2012? It's apocalypse porn, with a body count in the billions. Of course, like Emmerich's ID4, and THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, you're only asked to identify with a small handful of survivors (you know, the ones who are movie stars like John Cusack), so the rest of the people seem like ants.
There are at least two subplots that could have been dropped from the film, and prevented it from running an overly indulgent 158 minutes. I mean, do we really need George Segal as an old jazz-man on a luxury liner struggling to re-connect with his son before the world ends? Segal's an old pro (love the original FUN WITH DICK AND JANE) but his storyline is unbelievably corny, and the scene where he finally re-connects with his estranged son will more likely elicit laughter than tears. I also could have done without Cusack's clownishly evil Russian boss tagging along for two thirds of the film. He should have been killed off with his Paris Hilton-like mistress much earlier in the film but instead they become major characters.
Of all the actors, the only two that really registered with me were Oliver Platt as the scheming Secretary of State who's the nominal antagonist, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as the earnest scientist who's the first to discover that mankind is on the verge of extinction. Platt's always good, and even though the role is two-dimensional, he shines here nonetheless. As for Ejiofor, why isn't he a major star yet? The guy can do anything from play a convincing drag queen in KINKY BOOTS, to an intergalactic bounty hunter in SERENITY.
Essentially, if you liked the trailers for 2012, you'll enjoy the film. It's beyond stupid, but it's also a lot of fun, so if you like this type of thing, than by all means check it out. You'll probably have a great time just don't think about it too hard afterwards. Oh yeah, you might also want to bolt for the exit before the closing credits roll, so you can save yourself from hearing the atrocious Adam Lambert theme song.
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