2012

2012, 2009 film starring  John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Amanda Peet.  The famed Mayan doomsday was looming in 2009 so what happens, they make a movie about it!

Dr. Adrian Helmsley (Ejiofor) is part of a geophysical team that learns the Earth is about to go through some major changes and the world as we know it will end.  He convinces the powers that be and they convince the other powers in the world.  A plan is set in motion to save humanity and some of it’s treasures.  A series of arks are built in the mountains of China.  Struggling writer Jackson (Cusack) learns of impending doom and tries to save his family.  By grabbing a plane they escape the initial destruction and soon hook up with some Russians that are trying to get to the arks.  Can they make it and get a ride on the ark before the end?

I remember when the news started reporting on the Mayan calendar, a way to instill more fear into the gullible population.  It was inevitable that Hollywood would pick up on that and make a film, time to cash in!  The Mayan calendar said that on December 21 of 2012 the globe would go through a major shift and the world as we knew it would end in Armageddon!  First of all, a big whew! that it did not happen.

To me though, this film was nothing but a showcase for the powerful CGI that Hollywood can create.  That’s all it was, CGI filled with a bit of human interaction here and there.  Now I am not saying I didn’t like the film, I did but I could also see it for what it was.  Humanity was filled with fear over the Mayan 2012 so Hollywood cashed in.  I don’t blame them, if I had the resources I would have as well.

The producers didn’t put enough thought into it.  The story (of the human side) was ok but we should have seen more.  I would like to know more of the arks construction, Adrian’s story and even Jackson’s story before the pushed the destruction on us.  We all know Hollywood can create marvelous computer generated scenes but the focused on that more than the human story.  Still, pretty good action though!

I would see this film more than once but only if I were flipping through tv channels and happen to come across it.  I can only go as high as three for this because the pushed the CGI more than the story.




 

 

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