2012 – 2009 – Directed by Roland Emmerich and starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, and Woody Harrelson. – Disaster / Drama film.
Simple Overview: It’s finally arrived, the end of the world as many have predicted. This time due to the shifting of Earth’s tectonic plates and the side effects of the shifted earth. A scientist convinces the government to convince another government to create arks for the survival of the world’s elite. An author and his family somehow manage to believe a conspiracy theorist they meet in Yellowstone and begin their journey toward the arks by plane. This film will show off a simple tale of survival while reminding you that the rich will always be better off than you are.
What Could Have Been Better: This is the first film in this challenge I have not enjoyed from start to finish. The CGI has not aged that well and the most compelling character was the conspiracy theorist played by Woody Harrelson. I felt the story was a mix between a Mission Impossible film and the Fast films just a little bit out there and not that great. Don’t get me wrong the film was enjoyable but it is by no means a work of art.
What I loved: I thought the father trying to connect with his family was a relevant topic for today. Many of us(Not just dads) struggle to connect at times when outward pressures of life cause us to disconnect at times. Woody Harrelson was amazing, we needed more of him in this film. I enjoyed Chiwetel Ejiofor’s character and performance as well. I like that he changed the plan and challenged the status quo. Encouraging the wealthy to welcome other wealthy and non-wealthy on their boats. Danny Glover also does a great job of acting as the US president. Also, the last 45 minutes were the best part of this film.
Final Thoughts: While 2012 was a good film it was not a great film. There were a few poorly thought out stunts and scenes that were built for the wow factor and not enough heart and problem solving throughout the adventure. The actors each played their role and Cusack stood strong as a leading man in crisis. I’d recommend this film as a one time watch to see some cool visuals and solid acting but remind folks that this was a 2009 film and could have used a more polished script in the end.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 thumbs up.
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