2012 (12A)

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Time Out says

Tue Nov 10 2009

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Let’s get the sniffy movie-snob protests out of the way. Yes, ‘2012’ is infantile. Yes, it treats the deaths of six billion people as little more than a tragic footnote. Yes, it’s about as interested in subtlety, narrative invention or character development as the Corkscrew at Alton Towers.But what a ride. There are moments – sights, sounds, special effects – that have never been seen or imagined before, sequences of staggering complexity, immaculate detail and breathtaking scale. In summary, it may seem like just another disaster movie, but this one is bigger, louder, crazier and more wildly exhilarating than anything previously attempted, even by  Roland ‘Independence Day’ Emmerich’s own smash ’n’ grab standards.

The plot is little more than a framing device, the MacGuffin something to do with sunspots, plate tectonics and the Mayan calendar. The closest we have to a hero is John Cusack’s shambolic failed author Jackson Curtis, whose attempts to save his estranged family from a fiery death somehow involve Russian plutocrats, Himalayan plane crashes and Woody Harrelson in a fez.
 But nobody goes to a movie like this for the storyline. This is disaster porn, and unashamedly so: pavements crack, buildings topple, crowds flee, planes plummet and world leaders scramble to save their own skins as the planet goes to hell in a handcart.  Posterity will not be kind to ‘2012’ – and it definitely won’t work on DVD – but catch it on the biggest, noisiest screen available and approach it on its own terms, and it’ll knock your socks off.

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12A

UK release:

Fri Nov 13, 2009

Duration:

158 mins

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Andy S

Awful. You wonder where Cusak got his agent then remember that his salary must have been hefty...stick to High Fidelity type films, mate. This is sh#t. Awful CGI too.

bobobobbins

What a waste of 2 and a half hours of my life. Ridiculous plot and what on earth was the scene with the helicopters resucing a giraffe and an elephant?! I was thoroughly bored throughout. Ghastly.

vivek

i luv dis movie ......:'( wat a movie ....best movie i have ever seen...................ossssummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :)P):):):):)

vivek

i luv dis movie ......:'( wat a movie ....best movie i have ever seen...................ossssummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :)P):):):):)

chels/jane

we loved it it was fab i could wach it over and over again it makes us cry i dont want the world to end boo hoo

chels/jane

we loved it it was fab i could wach it over and over again it makes us cry i dont want the world to end boo hoo

Thomas Noctor

I agree with Andy, poor movie, Jock you truely are an Idiot! Why comment on My review? We all have our own views, we can't all think like you! Thank goodness!

Andy S

Just awful, in every sense of the word. Hammy performances, a bored looking John Cusack, awful CGI (too many blue screens) and special effects left out of ‘The Day After Tomorrow’. That was pretty bad, but nothing compared to this overlong, silly, implausible, tripe. Four quid I’ll never get back from Blockbuster….4 stars? What a blinking joke! Appalling.

bill rank

his box will appear on the site perhaps the worst and most boring movie I have ever seen.

Suzy

I was bored. I was probably expecting too much though as I was looking forward to watching it and missed it when it was in the cinema. Weak and unbelievable story line with poorly developed characters but excellent special effects. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it better in the cinema? Glad I saw it though.

Thomas Noctor

Jocklett I do happen to go cinema for visual, but the cgi was worse than Playstation 1 graphics! I was looking forward to this film for years and I don't enjoy slating it but I found it rubbish and rushed. Earthquake scene was funny tho!

puffbother

predictable but soo much fun. It's loud gets your heart going, adrenalin rush and whoosh your part of it. lol

max

this should not be a 12a it should be at least a 15 it scared my sister (11)

Thomas Noctor

Thanks Kate, good to see someone who has the sense to appriciate the views of everyone! Terrible Movie tho!

Kate

Thomas Noctor's review of the film was perfectly valid and jockelt your reply was unpleasant and uncalled for ... and all this from the man who on 4th Dec posted 'I am delighted we all have different views'. People think they can be so rude when hiding behind the internet screen. I agree with Mr. Noctor. Grow up!

Thomas Noctor

As you said yourself Jockey or sorry Jocklett? We all have different views and I am a film fan, but this was pathetic. That volcano would have killed him not to mention the 'earthquake' it was funny, but in a bad way. Teenagers will love this. Real film fans will not only see how bad the cgi was but how badly this crap was, and to think I was looking forward to this for a year! So maybe its you that is the bufoon, and sorry for having an opinion, and I'm not British, I'm Irish. Everyone has they're own opinions so grow up!

Thomas Noctor

I'm being genourous with 1 star here! Playstation 1 graphics for CGI and a boring no plotter, always escaping fires or water by a millimetre? This was the worst film since Drag Me To Hell!

natureboy95

visualy spectacular but that the only positive thing i can say about it really, charaters,plot and anything else that goes into making a film great were not there but good entertainment in a 'leave yer brain at the door kind of way'

jockcelt

Listen up fools heres the news,this film was like any other disaster movies inso much as it told the tale of a disaster,(much like jaws,towrring inferno,independence ay,daylight,earthquake etc etc etc)what made it better was the visual spectacle that deliverred this.The pure adrenylin and pace of the last two thirds,its worth entrance fee alone for those effects and those who knock it. poor plot and weak charcters.bog off you boring nobodies!well we are all critics arent we,I skipped out of the cinema feeling invigorated by a visual spectacular (and i am 40)Iis that not how cinema should make you feel? you can save your 7th seal nonsence for dvd!! I pray at the chapel of Bay & emerich and I am proud.If you did not like this film ask yourself this....DO I EVEN LIKE GOING TO THE CINEMA?

jockcelt

Listen up fools heres the news,this film was like any other disaster movies inso much as it told the tale of a disaster,(much like jaws,towrring inferno,independence ay,daylight,earthquake etc etc etc)what made it better was the visual spectacle that deliverred this.The pure adrenylin and pace of the last two thirds,its worth entrance fee alone for those effects and those who knock it. poor plot and weak charcters.bog off you boring nobodies!well we are all critics arent we,I skipped out of the cinema feeling invigorated by a visual spectacular (and i am 40)Iis that not how cinema should make you feel? you can save your 7th seal nonsence for dvd!! I pray at the chapel of Bay & emerich and I am proud.If you did not like this film ask yourself this....DO I EVEN LIKE GOING TO THE CINEMA?

philmk

So much expensive CGI, so little cinematic value. Long and boring. Totally unconvincing. Yawn.

Colster

Let's jump on the last Ark to reality. The special effects are amazing on a big screen and that is the only positive. With the promise of seeing how the world copes with armageddon we actually get to see how a bunch of Americans cope. (Not sure why they get a ship to themselves when the whole of Africa or Australasia isn't fit enough to save). Those who have talked about suspending your disbelief and how original this film is need to step outside of the asylum every once in a while. The plot could not have been more predictable. Hands up if you thought Gordon would make it to the end of the film - no me neither and the mrs locking lips with another guy seconds after he got squished was unbelievable. The little lady's looking after the kids while us men save the world came straight out of the 1800's. Have we not grown out of the 5 minute speeches saying goodbye to your wife and building bridges with your kids when thousands of lives rest on your shoulders. And what has Roland Emmerich got against flying? As in Godzilla he chooses to use aircraft to dodge around and under things instead of going over them. I can only assume that a quality cast must have signed very solid contracts before reading the script. This looks great but I left the cinema feeling dirty.

lauren

the best bit is near the beginning when LA becomes a seething ocean of concrete, falling buildings and crazy flying trains- awesome! I couldn't stop laughing the chaos made me so happy. After that though? It's all a bit ho hum- mostly because the plot is so bad. One of the major dilemmas seems to be whether the 'people' are going to be told the world is coming to an end.... well aside from causing even more chaos and mass panic by doing that.... I think the 'people' might have already noticed... what with places like hawaii turning into a giant volcano and LA falling into the ocean... Something I found fascinating about this film was how few countries actually constituted 'the world' basically, if you're involved in the G8 you count..... dude. Don't even get me started on the 'get the guys up here' and 'the guys better see this' while the women sit uselessly reapplying their lipgloss. This film was mildly insulting and very rah rah America. Beyond that, the first scenes of mega chaos just made me so happy I'm giving it three stars just for that.

Kate

The first half of this movie filled me with glee with all the crazy destruction - then I started to notice the completely rubbish plot and characters you don't care about. Aerial stunts by trains and african fauna are fabulous in many ways and and Woody Harrelson's turn as a beardy-weirdy still make this well worth a look !though.

Kate

I like Kane's comment that you never know what is going to happen next!! I think it was pretty much the same story as The Day After Tomorrow, except with heat rather than cold. I really had an enjoyable time watching it although the story is crap and the end lame and not one believable moment. The world ends and and nearly everyone dies but that isn't sad at all in this film. It's a real feel-good all American type family film. Death and destruction being a 12A? It's fun but pure fantasy and full of jokes. . Don't know what effects Roland Emmerich will come up with next, he's done it all in this one.

Lawrence

The movie started slow, nothing different form other disaster movies but it took a different turn when the supermaket split in half. I love the scene when the volcano errupted. Good special effects. it felt like I was there.

ashlee

the closing line of the movie is: 'i'm not scared anymore daddy. no more pull-ups!' enough said.

Herbdebop

Starts out impressively with great effects and tension but descends into a real turkey dinner with trimmings of scientific claptrap, gallons of schmalz and hammy acting. Could have been great....wadda waste of a budget!!

violetta

Ooohh, ahhh a rolller coaster disaster ride with the whole world falling to bits - highly entertaining. A big screen feast of 200million well spent. Go see and suspend belief.

violetta

Ooohh, ahhh a rolller coaster disaster ride with the whole world falling to bits - highly entertaining. A big screen feast of 200million well spent. Go see and suspend belief.

Linda Goodwin

not as good as expected, special effects were brilliant but the story line was very poor and far fetched in places

keith scott

i was so looking forword to c this movie the first 10 mins ok then downhill after the mouse falling into the cheese was terrible o sorry wrong movie

keith scott

i was so looking forword to c this movie the first 10 mins ok then downhill after the mouse falling into the cheese was terrible o sorry wrong movie

Thomas Noctor

I was really looking forward to seeing this film, yet I left disappointed. The CGI was like a cut scene from a Playstation game, except the Tsunami scenes! The acting was pants, John and Woody can do alot better than this. The Day The Earth Stood Still wasn't much worse than this, and that was worst movie of last year. Too OTT for me, I've yet to see a disaster film in which the lead character doesnt change into an acrobat! Will go down well with Teens and senseless action movie fans! Dire film!

BbyGal

This movie was great soo realistic and i loved the way they named it 2012 a year that is still to come... i have watched alot of films for this cinmas lately.. jennifers body 4th kind and tons more but this had to be my fav by far i didnt want it to end greta film love it x

BbyGal

This movie was great soo realistic and i loved the way they named it 2012 a year that is still to come... i have watched alot of films for this cinmas lately.. jennifers body 4th kind and tons more but this had to be my fav by far i didnt want it to end greta film love it x

Kane

This movie is amazing has amazing effects and is very unrelaxing. Because you never know whats gonna happen. This is the only movie that has ever made me feel on the edge of my seat! The earthqwake scene is amazing! it has so much detail in it! it lasts for like 10 minutes! I dont care what people say this is the best disaster movie i have ever made!

Kane

This movie is amazing has amazing effects and is very unrelaxing. Because you never know whats gonna happen. This is the only movie that has ever made me feel on the edge of my seat! The earthqwake scene is amazing! it has so much detail in it! it lasts for like 10 minutes! I dont care what people say this is the best disaster movie i have ever made!

peckhamgull

TO's gone right OTT with 4 stars. People actually walked out of final bit of film where I watched it. It was as much to keep from throwing up with every (american) cliche in the book including dialogue I thought meant a straight to DVD release. £200m? What price a decent script?

flix

The sun goes berserk and starts to heat up the earth's mantle with mega bad results for the planet and all life - it's planet warming time not global warming here. The wealthy and politicos prepare to save themselves whilst the rest of mankind is kept in ignorance. The city footage of skyscrapers collapsing together are awesome and there's enough character development to hold a modicum of human interest between the epic scenes of global damage. Great escapist fun and the movie house cheered when the fat iconic Russian billionaire took a no returns swan dive.

anderlou

If you're expecting a huge Hollywood disaster movie, full of great special f/x, that's what you'll get. If you're expecting a quality drama with well-rounded characters and intelligent script, you'll be very disappointed. I knew what to expect and I loved it! Daft, but I was glued to my seat. And it borrowed my favourite ever movie line (from Jaws), and I thought the ending was rather neat, if you think about where man came from in the first place.

anderlou

If you're expecting a huge Hollywood disaster movie, full of great special f/x, that's what you'll get. If you're expecting a quality drama with well-rounded characters and intelligent script, you'll be very disappointed. I knew what to expect and I loved it! Daft, but I was glued to my seat. And it borrowed my favourite ever movie line (from Jaws), and I thought the ending was rather neat, if you think about where man came from in the first place.

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