Running Time: 2 hrs. 38 min.
Release Date: November 13th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language.
Distributors: Sony Pictures Releasing
JJ Rating: B
The world is going to hell and the hand basket is a technological ark. 2012.
The disaster parts of the film were breathtaking. I almost held my breath during each mesmerizing, visual smorgasbord of improbable disasters that were well worth the money spending to see. L.A. falling into the earth, California sinking into the ocean, waves coming from all over and thick smoke and ash from massive volcanic activity taking over the sky. The CGI work was impeccable. It’s eye candy for the disaster loving movie soul.
The acting was alright. Nothing too outstanding in that regard. It was acting that was sustaining enough for a 2 hour and 40 minute movie. No one was so terrible that they turned the melodramatic moments to cheese-oh-matic moments. Oh but Woody Harrelson is the stand out actor. His crazy character was crazy enough to be amusing and unforgettable for this film.
The one interesting thing I liked about the film is that the personalities that came out because of a disaster. It’s great to show an array of different views and things. I liked that. The total grade killer was the time spent on the deaths and not giving some of that time to more destruction.
2012 reminds me of three movies and those are Poseidon (new), Titanic and Armageddon. Poseidon because of the destruction with excitement and the ok acting. Titanic because every single death scene was like Rose’s reaction to Jack dying. Armageddon because of the great destruction scenes with the asteroid bits, but the only difference is that 2012 understood that the sun is in a different or nonexistent position in different areas of the earth.
I am going to buy this movie like I bought Across the Universe and that was because I enjoyed the visuals and the singing. 2012 has great visuals and that’s it. There is no singing. It is well worth seeing once if you really like seeing things get destroyed. The timing, though, is a bit difficult so don’t drink a whole lot because if you are a pee-er you’ll need to peepee before the credits roll. But it is a film that is (and should be proud of being) a total disaster.