Let’s see. We’ve seen major earthquakes in Haiti, Baja Caifornia, Chile, an China in the past few months. Then we have this volcano, dormant for 200 years, erupting in Iceland shutting down travel and cargo in Europe.
What a great time to watch 2012, in which humanity gets nearly wiped out by geologic events.
Last night we popped in 2012 on BluRay. I highly recommend watching this movie, especially with friends who like to make fun absurdities in disaster flicks. 2012 is super-entertaining and hilarious, filled with very realistic-looking megadestruction, nail-biting but predictable escapes, character stereotypes, and a complete lack of subtlety in attempting to send a populist and brotherhood-of-man moral message. It’s perfect.
2012 is very much a new millenium movie, with emerging superpowers like India, Russia, and China having more of a presence than Western European countries. In what’s sure to delight the NAACP and piss off the white supremacists (but then again, what doesn’t annoy them), the ascendancy of African-Americans was reflected by a sympathetic black president and altruistic leading science advisor. There was also an unintentionally funny statement by a geologist, ‘The continent of Africa is rising!’
Particularly amusing were the lengthy, dramatic speeches given by various characters about the nature of our humanity at moments of extreme time-pressure. And even funnier were the moments of tender dialog by survivors of the complete destruction of the human race, including their families and presumably the majority of their Facebook friends.
New York’s destruction was notably absent. Perhaps the filmmakers thought it was okay to blow away Los Angeles and Vegas but seeing buildings fall in NYC would hit too close to home. Probably a good call.
In all, 2012 offers complete entertainment. You will not be bored. I’m not saying its the best movie, but its certainly a good time when watched with the right people.