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Posted on 12/21/09 11:29 AM
When I first saw the amount of money this film made I was pretty disgusted. It was just further evidence of how it doesn't matter how good a movie is, as long as you have a trailer with explosions and intense looking special effects, people (idiots as far as I'm concerned) will see it. However, as I am writing this review I have seen the movie and thus I am a part of the idiots.
I went into this movie with a pretty good idea of what I was about to see: a lame plot, hilariously awful writing, crappy acting, bad cinematography, and cool special effects. What I didn't expect was to see everyone of these aspects but to be taken to the absolute extreme...the verdict, and I hate to say this, I actually was able to somewhat enjoy this movie.
I am one of those people that is extremely interested in the 2012 doomsday prophecy. I watch every documentary on the History Channel that I can, read as many articles, and watch a lot of youtube videos. Having said that, you can see why I am pretty pissed that this move came out. I personally believe in the doomsday prophecy but after reading into it A LOT, I can say that I don't think this is how it's all going to end. I could go into more, but it's not needed for the sake of this review.
2012 is, as I'm sure you've heard, nothing more than a collection of the most frequent action movie stereotypes existing in the film industry today. The IGN review on here lists most of them in detail and I can vouch for them, they are 100% dead on. In doing this they have unintentionally created an extremely humorous movie. The cliché exists that a movie can be so bad that it's good, while I wouldn't say that this movie is good by any means, it's honestly worth watching to see what a mockery the film industry has turned into. The producers of this movie were well aware that it didn't matter that the plot made no sense, it didn't matter that the characters were so clichéd and corny that it was laughable, and it sure as hell didn't matter that you felt completely void and separated from the film from start to finish.
What does 2012 have going for it? Special effects, duh. Some of the visuals in this movie really are quite creative and impressive. The plane escape scene where skyscrapers are crumbling all around them, their glass reflecting many different surfaces, is actually pretty cool to look at. A giant wave that moves the clouds also look pretty sweet. But that's it. After seeing Avatar, I don't even think I could watch this movie and be impressed again.
The writing is...let's just say, strange to say this least. You'll be in the middle of a really intense moment, like the entire world crumbling in front of your eyes, then one of the characters will be like, "Oh you've got to be kidding me." It was the equivalent of watching Jack fall to the ocean floor and right as Rose is about to say her famous, "Jack, come back!" line, someone rips an incredibly loud and hilarious fart. Yeah, just like that.
Is 2012 good? No. Should it have made the amount of money that it did? Hell no. Is it worth seeing? Kind of. Definitely rent this one or trick your friend into buying it when it comes out on DVD. Go in expecting one of the worst movies you have ever seen and you'll have a good time, even if that's not how the producers intended this movie to be seen. The movie is somewhat worth it because it exists as an unintentional satire on everything that is wrong with the film industry today. After seeing this movie, I now realize that there are only two types of movie made. Movies that are made because some truly brilliant minds got together and wanted to create a great film: The Hurt Locker, A Serious Man, Avatar, Up In The Air, Precious, then there are movies that are made just to make money: Twilight, 2012, Transformers, G.I. Joe, huge piles of absolute suck.