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Movie Review - 2012 (2009)

Updated on November 16, 2009

This is How the World Ends..... Again

If you haven’t seen this movie this review will be filled with spoilers. I am a disaster movie fan. I’m not picky about how they destroy the world just that they do it. Disease, Celestial bodies looking for a planetary booty call or the always popular human screwed it up scenario. The more widespread the destruction the more interesting it is for me. After chatting with some friends we decided to call such movies. Catastrophe porn. Thus making me a disaster fangirl. They thought disaster slut gave the wrong impression.

Hail the Mayans
Hail the Mayans
California goes boom.
California goes boom.
Nevada becomes beach front property.
Nevada becomes beach front property.
Viva Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas

According to the Mayan calendar the world will end on the winter solstice in 2012. That means if you have anything important to do, you have two years to get it done as your chances of survival are going to be pretty darn slim. From what I’ve learned from this movie is that unless you are a billionaire and/or have a highly useable skill you can kiss your future goodbye.

Made by the same guys who did the Stargate Movie and Independence Day, the world gets nailed big time. Earthquakes, super volcanoes and tidal waves pretty much wipe out all the works of man rather thoroughly. The earth’s core is super heated by record solar flares that release some sort of radiation. And it all might because of some great galactic alignment.

The concept of the movie is based on the Mayan calendar which comes to an end on that date. Or we’ll enter a new age. Or aliens will land on the Nazca lines. There are many schools of thought and not all make sense. It’s all very confusing. Chariots of the gods redux.

For disaster effects, the movie fairly rocked. California drops into the ocean. Yosemite turns into a monster super volcano. Tidal waves and Tsunamis (they are the same thing) reaching the Himalayas. The magnetic poles shift. The South Pole is now somewhere in Wisconsin.

Gemmy's Snark

Don't you love how the radiation from the super solar flares seem to have no effect on anything else in the world. No global rash of sunburn or wilting plants. They call them neutrinos. I thought that had something to do with warp drives.

John Cusack plays himself.
John Cusack plays himself.
She made a better contract killer.
She made a better contract killer.
Why is he here.
Why is he here.
Loved him in Serenity
Loved him in Serenity

While the effects were great the characters were two dimensional and dull. John Cusack plays Jackson Curtis who is a divorced science fiction writer and limousine driver. I have never imagined Cusack as a sci fi action hero and he doesn’t quite measure up. Amanda Peet as his ex-wife did a better job in the Whole Nine Yards. Woody Harrelson’s presence in the movie added nothing other than a vehicle to put a map in the hero’s hands. Characters died and it had little impact. On the other hand Chiwetel Ejiofor as Adrian Helmsley was a pleasure to watch as a passionate scientist who actually cared about trying to save people.

Great arks are being built in the Himalayas. Tidal wave comes through. Afterwards I found myself wondering if I was watching Waterworld again.

It was a great watch but it could have been so much better. There is a rumor that there is going to be a series based on the movie. That should be interesting. Emmrich is probably miffed about losing the franchise on Stargate and is looking for a new vehicle.

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    • Philipo profile image


      8 years ago from Nigeria

      Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

    • Gemsong profile imageAUTHOR

      Madalain Ackley 

      8 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      How silly of me. Thanks for pointing that out, honey.

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      8 years ago

      You're missing an option in your poll- destroyed by a Vogon Constructor Fleet to build a hyperspace bypass.

    • Gemsong profile imageAUTHOR

      Madalain Ackley 

      8 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      I will of course be adding this to my collection of End of the World movies. :)

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      8 years ago

      Well, hmmm... will wait for this one to come to DVD. Thanks for the heads up.

    • Gemsong profile imageAUTHOR

      Madalain Ackley 

      8 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      hehehehe. Hollywood has been destroying earth for decades. I doubt they'll stop now. Especially with Fangirls like me. :D

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      9 years ago from uk

      Most of the movie reviews are so over critical/or promotional, that this seemed downright straight and to the point! After Armaggedon, I'd thought there was nothing more hollywood could do to 'end the world', but seems there is still much more they can! cheers for this!


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