2012 is a movie that delivers exactly what you would expect. It is not the most character driven picture, nor does it have a plot that rivals the complexity of Casablanca. Roland Emmerich is one of the more simplistic filmmakers, what you see is what you get. His previous installments such as The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day put him up there with Michael Bay. They are masters of visual effects and explosions, and that’s about it.
Why you should see 2012
The movie is great on Blu Ray for fun, action packed sequences. After about twenty minutes of set up, 2012 becomes nothing more than a plot strung together by a series of action scenes. While the movie may not have the quality level to own, it is worth a look to check how well your surround system works. You will hear debris falling behind you, fire burning to your left and right, and massive explosions in front of you.
The cast is really top notch. They take very mediocre dialogue and make it work to the best of their ability. John Cusack leads the disaster evading squad with the help of Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofer, Danny Glover, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, and Woody Harrelson.
Why you may want to see something else
2012 is a relatively mindless movie. There are some excessive plot holes and a climax that is ridiculous. Basically, there is an engineering flaw that is absolutely absurd. It’s hard to describe without giving a spoiler, but imagine that in your home your furnace wouldn’t work unless the garage door is shut. The movie is mindless spectacle, that is what to expect and nothing more.
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