Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover, Chewetel Ejiofor
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Cinema-Reader – 6.3
IMDB – 6.6
FilmAffinity – 5.5
The end of the world as known before is closer than humankind had though, doom caused by a huge change within the deep down of the planet and foreseen by ancient civilizations with a fixed date, 21/12/2012.
Geologist Adrian Helsmley (Chewetel Ejiofor) discovered it.
However arrives late for the future of the humanity, which will be shaken by terrifying earthquakes, huge tsunamis and what the final destination of the mankind seems.
In order to skive this, some people have raised funds necessaries to build up what will held the last hope for few.
Blockbuster of the year so far, Roland Emmerich brings his new apocalyptical view of the end of the world after formers successful movies under the same topic as “Independence Day” or “The day after tomorrow”.
Stunning special effects that recreate what the end of the world and human being would look like.
This alongside a cast made of well-known faces (Amanda Peet, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson) make sure a booming success on the box all around the world.
Having said that, let’s speak about the script and plot.
A predictable story already seen in many other movies that jumped over this topic (“The day after tomorrow, “Dante’s Peak”, “Volcano”) in which a group of survivors, children included among them (of course...), struggles to keep them alive in what seems a sure death but surprisingly they always avoid by centimeters (followed by a bad-joke)... everything really American. Only thing missed was an US flag spread whilst happening all the events.
John Cusack leads this group and the cast. Despite I do consider this won’t be his best performance ever (“High Fidelity” would be deemed as his best role, without leaving behind the bureau officer in “Con-Air”), fits well into the role of this nowadays hero. Thanks god no more slips such as “Serendipity”. Keep my fingers crossed.
Summarizing, it’s a really good entertainment though based on one of the most accomplished X-effect in a movie lately. It won’t remain remembered as a must-seen movie. However is very advisable if you have spare time on a raining Sunday afternoon.