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Monday, November 23, 2009

Movie Review - 2012

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Movie Title
Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. A global cataclysm brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors. Basically, it's about what the different people do to survive the coming of the end. The governments around the world; led by the President of the US unites to come up with a plan so that a selected number of people can survive. They create a modern day 'Noah's Ark' to accomodate the 'chosen' people. Unknown to most people, the ticket to board costs 1billion USD for a person. Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) also joins in the struggle to survive in order to keep him and his family alive. The rest of the story is best to watch and know it yourself.
When I watched the trailer for this movie; the only thing that made me want to watch it was John Cusack. A splendid actor, one would expect another remarkable performance from him. Once again, John Cusack pulled off his character; a divorced father and writer Jackson Curtis very well. His 6 year old daughter Lilly was played by Morgan Lily who for her age, did a credible job. The other supporting actors were also quite commendable especially Danny Glover who fit the role of the President almost perfectly. Then there was Chiwetel Ejiofor, a less known actor who's role was a person of importance in relation to the 2012 predicted end of the world; he was convincing. Most of the minor characters especially those who appeared only once did reasonably well. You could get emotional as well when you see how everyone tried to survive and some who gave in to 'fate' and awaited their death. One scene that was especially touching was when the Indian family who's father was the one who discovered the 2012 disaster 3 years back held each other tight knowing there was no escape from the waves.
I did not know what to expect as the only thing I knew about the movie was that in 2012, the world would end. The storyline is interesting; and I like how there are different kinds of characters; from the rich to the poor; from the selfish to the self-sacrificing; from the heartless to the compassionate. I was glad that the action did not occupy the whole 2 hours and 40 minutes (approx). Instead,there was a balance of the 'destruction scenes' and meaningful ones. There are many lessons you can learn just by watching the movie. It does make you appreciate what you have right now; you never know when the end will come. Another one was the vast difference between the rich and the poor; and the movie pointed out men's selfishness especially during the hard times. The importance of family was also emphasized. Lastly, the graphics were good; making everything believable. The movie seems rather long but it was good to the extent where I felt it was only 2 hours; nothing bored me. Definitely a must watch!
Rating: 7.5/10
Guest Reviewer: Serene Chua

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2012 (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray]

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