2012

2012

2012

Roland Emmerich likes imagining catastrophies. He already sent aliens to blow us up in Independence Day, a giant lizard to stomp us in Godzilla, and he unleashed major climate change in The Day After Tomorrow. Now he's taking inspiration from ancient Mayan history, which predicted that the world would come to an end in 2012. This will occur through volcanic eruptions, typhoons and glaciers. And John Cusack will be the taxi driver who faces it in our stead.

2009Rating: M, Content May Disturb158 minsUSA
Adventure
Director:
Roland Emmerich ('10,000 BC', 'The Day After Tomorrow', 'The Patriot', 'Godzilla', 'Independence Day', 'Stargate')
Writer:
Harald KloserRoland Emmerich
Cast:
John CusackThandiwe NewtonAmanda PeetWoody HarrelsonDanny GloverChiwetel EjioforOliver PlattJimi MistryThomas McCarthy

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2012 / Reviews

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

To say that 2012 is the 'mother of all disaster movies' would be both a true statement and an insult to disaster movies. It cannot be denied that for wholesale destruction and death count this film has it all, bar the actual planet exploding like Alderaan being hit by the Death Star. But in doing so, 2012 teaches the viewer that gluttony is not a healthy virtue by any account.

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The Times

The Times

A near three-hour movie built entirely out of special effects set pieces and join-the-dots characterisation.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

(Nothing) will give you more respect for how difficult it is to be an actor than watching top talent... struggling to treat the film's ungodly language and situations with perfect seriousness.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Even though this movie's... about one hour too long, there's still some pretty cool disaster stuff on the way.

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Variety

Variety

The visual effects are pretty sensational, delivering the cutting-edge CGI goods auds want and expect. It will be hard to watch "Earthquake'' ever again after this one.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The mother of all disaster movies (and the father, and the extended family) spends half an hour on ominous set-up scenes (scientists warn, strange events occur, prophets rant and of course a family is introduced) and then unleashes two hours of cataclysmic special events hammering the Earth relentlessly.

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Newshub

Newshub

If you leave your brain at the door, and I mean LEAVE IT THERE, and grab a jumbo popcorn, this disaster movie’s CGI may entertain.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Eye-popping special effects ensure that this movie will be a smash hit, and while it's entertaining for most of its excessive running time, the cheesy script fails to live up to the grandeur of the physical production.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Fundamentally terrible, but almost irresistibly entertaining. Its horrors get a tad monotonous in the mid-section, but it’s still a value-for-money hoot.

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

The film is dumber than a bag of hammers, of course, but by crikey it doesn't hold anything back.

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