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Film | 2012 (or, Three Years’ Away From Doom)

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2012_movie_posterForget Copenhagen and climate change, people, because the world is going to end in 2012. At least according to upcoming disaster flick 2012 from apocalypse obsessed director Roland Emmerich — who also brought us Independence Day, Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrow.

The year 2012 is eschatologically significant — it’s the end of the Mesoamerican, or Mayan, calendar. More precisely, 21/23 December 2012 of our Gregorian calendar. Legend has it that 2012 is not just the end of the calendar, but of the world as well. And this is the basic premise of the movie — surviving apocalypse.

In the eye of the storm is a broken Curtis family – science-fiction writer Jackson Curtis (John Cusack), his ex-wife Kate (Amanda Peet) and their kids. Disaster movies classically involve a broken family that’s restored through the natural disaster (what else would get you back together with Tom Cruise other than human eating plants?). It’s the usually subtext in these movies.

There’s also the political plot, with Danny Glover playing the US Prez. Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton also star.

I do love a good disaster movie; it’s my favourite genre. Even bad ones. And, yes, there are bad ones. You know what I’m talking about. They promise a world of destruction, but sadly deliver nothing more than tiring family drama until the last 15 minutes. It’s like disappointing sex.

But, judging by the trailers, 2010 looks like it might offer a pretty sumptuous feast of disaster from the dome of St Peter’s Basilica collapsing and rolling across the square, to gigantic tsumanis hitting the Himalayas. It looks like Emmerich might live up to, if not exceed, Day After Tomorrow. Some screen grabs are at the end of this post.

The movie also features a very ambitious viral campaign and online promotion, with the storyline “spilling” out onto the web. It’s so fascinating and big that I’ve dedicated another blog post to it.

Here’s the trailer. 2012 opens in Australia on 21 November 2009.

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Written by Darren Smith

14 October 2009 at 11:16 pm

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