Thursday, April 19, 2012

2012, 2009

Directed by Roland Emmerich
Written by Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser
Starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet

Apparently, Mark Twain said about Wagner's music, "It's not as bad as it sounds." And here's the funny thing about this movie: it's not as bad as it seems. First of all, John Cusack has the lead, and his performances range from good to awesome. He's not at the top of his range here, but he's still just fine. Sorry to say, but everyone else is sort of window dressing compared to the literally apocalyptic special effects -- the moral geologist, the amoral government guy, the ex-wife who never gave up on her first husband, the martyr President, the moral + love-interest first daughter, etc. Regarding those special effects, which are the point, they're just what you came for -- tidal waves that flip cruise ships, mega-tidal waves that flip aircraft carriers directly onto the White House, and the mega-uber-tidal waves that are taller than the Himalayas, etc. It's fine, and it's fun. I've actually seen it twice, which is more than I can say for a lot of movies (which shall remain nameless).

2012 on IMDB.