2012: Roland Emmerich truly is 'The King of Disaster Movies'.

Posted by Tandarin Nike Monday, November 16, 2009 8:23 AM
This disaster movie was accorded an equally disastrous review across the media barring few exceptions. The PG-13 movie was hailed as riveting but labeled ridiculous as well.

The direction and the special effects are 'simply superb' although I will not say impeccable or flawless as there were some scenes in the end that seemed far from perfect. But all the flaws are forgiven for the sheer amazing destruction that Roland brings about.

The movie is filled with amazing scenes both picturesque and a bit moving. But if you have watched 'The day after tomorrow' and liked it, you will love this one.

John Cusack did a good job, though I still would not call him a good actor. Amanda Peet and Thandie Newton did a fair job while Chiwetel Ejiofor and Olicer Platt did do justice to their respective roles.

The movie is great overall, except for the stereotyping of Indians! For the last time NOT everyone in India speak like characters out of a Gurinder Chadda movie. Moreover, what is with the guy who speaks English in an "Indian" accent and Hindi in an American one!

And Indians are yet again shown as the 'brilliant yet poor lot'.

The movie has all the destructive events that one can see in their wildest imaginations say- volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, crumbling edifices, airplanes hurtling uncontrollably and what not.

Critics however gave Emmerich and co-writer Harald Kloser a thumps up for teaming up with a set of ‘vandalistic’ geeks to wrap the flick in superb computer graphics.

The latest disaster movie from the director of ‘Independence Day’ and ‘The Day After Tomorrow,’ and ‘Godzilla’ is not without minor quirks-you see people making phone calls when virtually everything around is collapsed. Enduring blow-ups and bloodbaths, crumbling skyscrapers, and a set of fairly compelling characters that fight all the horrible things neither they nor the audience can even imagine.

At bottom, the disaster flick is all about the saga of the unsuccessful and scruffy novelist Jack Curtis who first doesn’t bother a bit about his comely ex-wife Kate and their two kids, but later gets closer to them thanks to the outbreak of quakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.

John Cusack and Amanda Peet play the hubby and wife. Characterization is where the writer-director Emmerich and co-writer Harald Kloser applied good wit and deserve praise. That said, the eye-bulging visual effects that can shake your sense to the bottom will fetch them more praise.

Reviewers across the media say in unison that 2012 is essentially an outrageous flick that can surely satisfy its very own kind of audience. What else verdict can they give a movie that vows and amuses you with scenes of tsunami waves climbing the Himalayas?

Nonetheless the movie is a great watch and perhaps the biggest disaster movie ever made.
Nothing great in billions of people dying, but I will give it a 4/5 rating.

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