I recently watched 2012 on dvd, a copy that I’d bought a few weeks ago. It’s a movie that ultimately grossed over $769 million worldwide, becoming director Roland Emmerich’s second highest grossing film, behind Independence Day.
Such a big budget & big name movie based on the 2012 phenomenon gets a lot of praise and a lot of criticism as well. The special effects are to be commended and the realism of it is absolutely stupendous. Ofcourse not everyone will like it but I did. Here’s my few view points on this film.
- Disaster & big budget films like this are not usually known for the great acting & the memorable dialogues, but I thought that British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor did a very good job. Firefly fans may remember him as the operative from the movie Serenity.
- What I didn’t like and found to be unbelievable is the “suddenness” of the events. Towards the end yes some time is shown to have passed before the arcs reach the Cape Of Good Hope but the rest of it? Doubtful.
- Jimi Mistry doesn’t sound Indian at all in this film. He sounded more authentic in The Guru.
- Another movie where the American President is shown to be heroic and morally a champion. Really?
- I thought Oliver Platt was also really good in his somewhat anti-hero role as the President’s Chief Of Staff.
- Dialogues can be so corny in these movie. Amanda Peet’s character has divorced from her husband, played by John Cusack. She now has a boyfriend, who lives with her and her kids. During all this, the new lover is killed and the family of four is back together again. At the end of the movie, as the arcs sight land and the survivors gather to watch as they approach it, Cusack hugs Peet from behind, she kisses him and says “Where have you been all my life?” Answer: Waiting by the sidelines while you were fucking some other guy, you whore?”
- Nice to see Stephen McHattie in a big budget movie of this nature, even if his role is minor.
- A Star Trek connection – John Billingsly (Enterprise’s Doctor Phlox) also has a minor role.
- (Stargate Universe‘s Dale Volker) Patrick Gilmore too has a minor role as does veteran actor Patrick Bachau.
8 outta 10!