Many theorists think that the world is going to end. Some claim better accuracy to place that day to be 21/12/2012. The Mayan calendar also ends on that day and Nostradamus must’ve also predicted this along with pretty much everything else. This flick is over two and a half hours long but some really bad sequences make it seem like it is a full eight hour sitting. No, the film is not that bad. The special effects are astounding. Roland Emmerich, director, takes you on a rollercoaster ride that passes pretty much every part of the Special FX amusement park. There are lots of tidal waves, tsunamis, collapsing skyscrapers, shifting land masses the size of cities and so on. He tries every trick known to Hollywood but then goes ahead and casts John Cusack in the lead? I know he’s done this before where a meek hero saves the day in Godzilla, Independence Day (ahem, not exactly) and The Day After Tomorrow. Our protagonist, Jackson Curtis is one of the luckiest humans alive as pretty much every disaster misses him by either an inch or a microsecond. After a while you start getting confident that he’s going to be saved and that’s when you start to realize that you’ve been conned.

2012 follows the all important disaster flick formula. In the first act – various dire pronouncements are made about the future of earth. Second act, Reality – in which 75% of the special effects are showcased. Finally the last act – Resolution, in which heroes do heroic things that save most of the human race. There’s no suspense, no twist because one it’s no longer important whether characters live or die. Their fates, which causes all the ‘excitement’ is disposed off rather unceremoniously.

The first person of any importance that we’re introduced to is Dr. Adrian Helmsley, scientific advisor to the President -the messenger of bad news. In 2009, on a trip to India, he uncovers evidence that the world is about to be destroyed. Three years later, his prediction is reaching reality. He’s the leader of an international team assembled to investigate the ‘problem’ and come up with a ‘solution’ by which the human race is saved. His boss is Carl Anheuser, who is taking emotion out of the equation when it comes to life itself and becomes something Adrian and friends can’t accept. As the ‘problem’ of the planet accelerates, plans get adjusted.

Meanwhile, LA-based fiction writer Jackson Curtis is camping with his kids from a broken marriage, when news of a massive earthquake in the city causes him to head back, but not before he has a heart-to-heart with a radio show host, Charlie Frost. Charlie, who appears to be cuckoo in the head, lets Jackson in on the world is about to end phenomenon. He gives the whole deal about the Mayans and December 21, 2012. Jackson and his kids arrive at the house shared by his ex-wife, Kate and her plastic surgeon boyfriend, Gordon, just as the destruction of LA is beginning. So everyone jumps in Jackson’s limo (yes he’s a limo driver) and escape. Destination Yellowstone, where Charlie claims to have a ‘map’ of a ‘big ship’ made by the government to save well-healed humans.

There are other characters, too – an Indian geophysicist, a pair of old musicians on a cruise ship, a rich Russian who is glad to get hold of an Antonov to escape and some people in Tibet. All of them have even lesser to add to the entire plot. To sum up, if you live in suburban India, chances are you will always find those 3 hours where you want mindless special effects. That is exactly where 2012 would slot itself.

Contributed by Roopesh Shah

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17 Comments

  1. Muthu

    November 20, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    2012 amazing movie. Im waiting for another movie
    called “AVATAR”.

    Amazing visual effects.

  2. Anjalee

    November 23, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Awsome Move 2012. Superb !!

    Thanks,
    Anjalee

  3. sudhakar

    November 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    this is the ridiculous movie which i have seen in my last 5 years…it’s not worth the publicity the producer has made on this! it’s hardly a matter of 15-20mins of super duper animation which you can enjoy…rest all is a love story…rather a horror love story….

  4. james

    November 24, 2009 at 10:20 am

    2012 is good, Waiting for “AVATAR”

  5. Sidd

    November 24, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Movie is worth watching… quite interesting… 5nd time to watch it…

  6. A.KHAN

    November 25, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    2012 amaging movie.movie is worth watching and quit interesting.so i called superb.↲↲Thanks↲A.KHAN

  7. SACHIN

    November 26, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    VERY GOOD MOVIE I LOVE MAYA 2012

  8. Munish

    November 26, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Over rated movie.Worth watching only for special effects

    • Yudi

      April 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Kaash SRK bhool se hi Sajid Khan ko do haath laga deta. Sabko saath mein hi sorry bol deta. Mere liye phir SRK last action hero ban jaata.

  9. Munish Mehrotra

    November 26, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Over rated movie.Worth watching only for effects

  10. sujai

    November 29, 2009 at 11:00 am

    very interesting movie to watch

  11. Aditya

    November 30, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    What a crap review
    ‘Many theorists think that the world is going to end’
    What kinda stupid opening line is that?? The movie might have sucked, but this reviewer sucked at saying so.
    And by the way, the movie wasn’t bad. Watch it for the great entertainment value.
    You won’t get a better review of it than that!

  12. Puja Garg

    December 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    2012 – Movie Review

    The Sci-Fi movie 2012 (released 13th Nov 2009) has been directed by Roland Emmerich starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover and Chiwetel Ejiofer.

    The movie shows the ‘Doomsday on 21st December 2012 due to an apocalyptic event. The sun is sending extra heat to the earth which destabilizes the earth’s crust. The earth is destroyed by the volcano which erupts from California traveling through the entire planet. The theory is based on the Mayan calendar predicted by Nostradamus about the end of civilization in December 2012. Part of Africa is saved in the end.

    A father of two kids (broken up with his wife) is seen saving his family out of this catastrophic disaster, played by John Cusack. The story does not show that human civilization ends, its simply shows that some good men are saved who inhabit the left over lands on the earth. The film has good sound, graphic and designing effects. The actors have justified the characters. Even if the film is ‘a make believe’ or ‘larger than life’ the audience is left pondering over the various theories. Its keeps the audience hooked and involved.

    Reading through a book by Bhavnagri’s which mentions something similar occurring on the earth defined as ‘Shift of the Axis’. The reason is ‘Evil domination’ to its saturation point that God will clear the earth of it. This may not be review specific but leaves me wondering for sure about 2012. There are about 6,00,000 websites devoted to this phenomena according to The Complete Idiot’s Guide.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the film and await to see the reality of the Mayan Calendar theory for December 2012.

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