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2012 – Hollywood Movie Review

2012Banner: Columbia Pictures
Cast: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Thomas McCarthy, Woody Harrelson, Danny Glover, Liam James, Morgan Lily, Zlatko Buric, Beatrice Rosen, Jimi Mistry etc
Music: Thomas Wanker
Cinematography: Dean Semler
Director: Roland Emmerich
Producers: Roland Emmerich, Harold Kloser
Release date: 12th Nov 2009

The day has come. 21st Dec 2012- Not exactly but on movie screen today. For all those who believe in ‘Judgement Day’ or ‘Apocalypse’ ‘ Or End of the world’, this is one movie that might give you an inkling. How effective and convincing is it? Let us see…

Story

The much talked about Doomsday or end of the world has been predicted and while all developed nations of the world think it is a long time away, the Indian astrophysicist Satnam (Jimi) discovers that the end is quite near.

The news reaches even the President of US, Wilson (Danny Glover) and all key leaders in the world are alerted about it. Meanwhile, there is writer Jack Curtis (John) who is out on vacation with his children and before it actually begins, the fury of the planet begins to unfold.

Who survives the massacre? What happens after that? All this forms the rest of the story.

Performances:

John Cusack
He did his role as required and though he doesn’t have that tough guy image, he tried his best to fit in the role of a concerned father.

Chiwetel Ejiofor
He plays a key role and though he was not that effective during the emotional scenes, he managed to make his presence felt in other sequences.

Amanda Peet
Looks hot and sexy and though there is no room for glamour here and she plays the mother of two, her oomph factor is neat and she has delivered a good performance.

Others
Thandie Newton was alright, Danny Glover was decent, Woody Harrelson was a wreck, Oliver Platt did justice to his bit, Thomas Mc Carthy was evil enough, Beatrice Rosen was sexy to the core. The others did their bit as required.

Highlights of the movie

Collapse of Lincoln Memorial Tower
Fall of Vatican City
Breaking statue of Jesus @ Rio De Jenero
Himalayas melting into sea
Volcanic eruptions
Earthquakes digging the roads and houses in California
Big ship episode

Analysis

It is the most hyped movie from the past few months and entire world has been more worried, anxious and longing to watch what’s shown on silver screen. The myriad blogs, web portals and TV shows those have been active from many months have turned a default publicity agents for this movie that has released today.

The film didn’t convey anything concrete about Mayan Calendar or about prophesies of clairvoyant sages those had delivered about this 2012 dooms day. The maker has directly moved to the catastrophe that’s going to happen in the form of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions et al and their unbelievable impact on life on earth.

The writer has taken a leaf from Old Testament and created a Noah ship kind of thing called ‘Big Ship’ to save human race to make the new age begin after the doom. The date of new age is read 27th of Dec 0001. This entire episode runs on screen for about last 20 minutes.

It’s like any other Hollywood movie like ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ but with intense scenes and thrilling moments.

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