Friday, 11 August 2017

2012 (2009)

Why do we visit the movies so often? Everyone has their reasons. Sometimes, we all yearn for a sense of disbelief and an enlarged, impossible perspective. 

Like, who wouldn't want to die in epic style, with millions of fellow earthlings? Watch a whole island turn into a mammoth volcano and jump in manic glee. Scream like forever, falling into those mega earthquake cracks.   

Nobody dies the usual way in a template-ridden, mega-budget, end of the world (yes it's time of the year again!) Hollywood disaster movie 2012

Predictably, the lead characters survive to save the day. So it is left to the VFX team (hail the visual effects people!) to make it all fun and convincing, even as cities fall apart and world-famous monuments are reduced to rubble. The loud soundtrack does the rest.

Don't look for a story, expect emotional pep talk on universal brotherhood, Asian mystic talk and have fun. 

2012 is a movie to be enjoyed and forgotten, to the unhealthy crunch of tub popcorn and in dreading a fatal asteroid attack that will burn up, along with other unimportant things (like your life), that eyeball-weary, inseparable companion, your iPhone... 

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