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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't people just enjoy movies any more? Shut off your brain and enjoy the ride, October 17, 2010
This review is from: 2012 (DVD)
The movie's premise: As predicted by the prophecies of an apocalyptic end in the Mayan calendar, Solar flares send neutrinos which chemically and physically alter the Earth's subterranean core, causing Earth Crust Displacement, a theory proposed by Professor Charles H. Hapgood in the 1950s. The problem with this, however, is that it follows too closely to Lawrence E. Joseph's 2012 Apocalypse, with a hodge-podge collection of pseudo-sciences, real scientific theories, and multiple conspiracy theories.

The movie dabbles into realism here and there; however, it's mostly special effects. Which in this case is AWESOME!

When limo driver Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) learns of the Earth's impending destruction - something predicted by Geologist Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) - he morphs into a stunt car driver, Houdini in vehicular transport, a man capable of evading the Earth's cataclysmic forces, be it earthquake, tidal wave, or volcano explosions by the skin of his teeth. He scoops up his kids, ex-wife (Amanda Peet), her boyfriend Gordon (Thomas McCarthy), and after some helpful insight from a crackpot conspiracy theorist named Charlie (Woody Harrelson) living in Yellowstone National Park, begin their escape towards a secretive last chance for species continuity. Luckily for them, Gordon is a novice pilot with the skills of a Blue Angel, and his connections to a Russian billionaire may help the group survive.

If the special effects are the lead role in this film, then the cast is clearly option 1A. In addition to those already mentioned, the cast is rounded out by Dannie Glover, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, and Stephen McHattie. They do a wonderful job despite having little to work with in the way of script.

In the end it's a little too much Day After Tomorrow with a Deep Impact finale and there is nearly no character development, but the FX carries the film like a giant boat on an apocalyptic wave. Sure, it's almost completely implausible, some of the science is laughable at best, and the script is very minimal, but this is just one of those popcorn movies with which a grain of salt and an empty head are necessary.
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Initial post: Oct 17, 2010 8:49:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 17, 2010 10:14:00 PM PDT
Jason I only gave this 2 stars. The special effects were good but John Cusacks ability to avoid falling structures time after time approached MST3K territory. Speaking of MST3K-please re-read the last sentence in your review. I think you may need to update your Microsoft Word.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2010 5:30:56 AM PDT
Jason says:
Thanks, Bob! If the book every happens, I'll definitely need an editor.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 1:05:25 AM PDT
J. Munyon says:
I enjoyed the movie for what it is, as it appears you have too. I am a huge Sci-Fi fan (well I'm not huge, I just mean I'm really into Sci-Fi) and the special effects are what this movie is all about. I wouldn't say it is almost completely implausible though, I'd say it IS completely implausible. On the other hand, so called experts are now taunting theories that the Mayan calendar is off by about 50 years, so sadly, I'll never know first hand. From what the movie portrays, most of humanity won't care for very long if the Mayan calendar was right when the time comes, so I guess I won't grouse too much about it. The pivotal point you made, stands - that being the special effects carries this film without needing much else. I felt rewarded by viewing it.
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