Ok, ok, we all know the story of 2012 by now, but then what other kind of movie did you expect from Roland Emmerich whose list of movies includes Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow and 10,000 BC. I mean, come on the guy has a reputation to live upto and man, does he make a mean disaster movie or what!!!
The basic premise of 2012 lies with the ‘Earth’s Crust Displacement Theory’ which in layman terms simply states that the axis of rotation of the earth, if suddenly changed would cause massive floods and large scale tectonic events, ie, tsunamis, earthquakes and the like. 2012 begins with neutrinos from a massive solar flare striking earth with the effect that these microwaves are heating up the earth’s core like nobody’s business. When American geologist Adrian Helmsley learns of this, he duly informs the White House Chief of Staff and the US President.
The US President in conjunction with world leaders then secretly proceeds to fund and build these humungous submarine-boat-type thingies (called Arks) in which approximately 400,000 humans and other assorted species would be kept safe on when the inevitable calamity befalls earth and its inhabitants. Now the catch is that nature being at its unpredictable best, Adrian gets his calculations wrong by a few years, and disaster strikes earlier than anticipated. This results in widespread tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes and the usual panic across the world.
Unwittingly caught up in all this is poor old John Cusack (playing Jackson Curtis), a loser writer in Los Angeles who also works part-time as a limousine driver for Russian billionaire Yuri Karpov. How and whether Jackson, his ex-wife, his children, and a small rag-tag group of people comprised of Yuri, his children, etc make it to the Arks makes up for the rest of the story. I am not going to give up the ending here, but suffice to say that all’s well that ends well.
Two of the most brilliantly shot scenes, as far as CGI is concerned in this movie are the ones where Jackson is driving his family down to the Santa Clara airfield avoiding falling freeways, buildings, etc and the one where the plane actually takes off from the airfield avoiding falling buildings, meteors, etc. Now, these scenes are to be seen to be believed and fully appreciated. Yes, this is a run of the mill disaster movie, but the screenplay and the amazing CGI keep you hooked to the screen and at the edge of your seat.
LAMBScore for this movie