2012

Posted in Reviews by - January 13, 2010

2012, which hit theaters in November 2009, was not my first choice at the theater last weekend; however my company of friends was not up for seeing another romantic comedy. Well, I was definitely pleasantly surprised with 2012! It was action packed, and I was on the edge of my seat (literally) for the entire movie. The last time I remember being so enthralled with such a movie was when I watched Taken (with Liam Nieson) and about had a heart attack from the edge of my couch! 2012 kept my attention throughout the entire adventurous story, and I left feeling almost exhausted due to squeezing my fists so tight with anxiety during every action scene.

In 2012, the Mayan prediction of the end of world on the date 12-21-12 becomes a frightening reality. Scientists from around the world make this realization with only a few years to spare in which a global survival plan becomes imminent. 2012 combines the world’s different intelligence, governments, and cultures in a race to save humanity. In the fight to the end, the survivors are left questioning the very meaning of their humanity.

2012 is complete with an all-star cast including John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, and even Woody Harrelson. I have to admit that these stars helped me enjoy the movie. Danny Glover as the US President and Woody Harrelson playing an independent radio personality definitely made the movie more amusing. And who wouldn’t want to watch John Cusack (one of my favorites!) run around the world for two hours?!

I also thought the cinematography and special effects were excellent for this action adventure. The thought of California falling into the Pacific never looked so believable as seeing the digital city collapse with devastating destruction. I could never imagine actually recreating the historic and geographic landmarks in 2012, creatively envisioning their wreckage, and then making it all possible on film. What began with a “surface crack” right through the heart of California, ends with a tidal wave destroying the Capitol…a scene so visibly shocking that it left me breathless.

The storyline in 2012 was also just amazing! The director, producers, and screen writers made the impossible vision of the end of the world a believable story from beginning to end. The story brings together world religions, cultures, governments, billionaires, impoverished, and national landmarks as vital pieces in the world and in history. Scenes from California’s coast were just as amazing as that of Yellowstone and the peaks of China. The movie did a great job of combining the world and it’s landmarks in the global efforts for survival and preservation.

In the end, 2012 is an action filled adventure with ideas and scenes so incredible that they seem burned in my mind. No one wants to imagine the end of world and possibly mankind, but 2012 does an amazing job at bringing these inconceivable visions to life and to the movies. I was on the edge of my seat, starring wide-eyed at the screen and squeezing the life out of my water bottle for the duration of the movie. If a romantic-comedy lover can be that emotionally (mental exhaustion from mere thought of such a catastrophe) and physically (pretty sure my blood pressure was elevated) involved in an action movie, it should get your attention too! I definitely recommend seeing this adventurous epic, 2012.

This post was written by Abby
Hi! I’m Abby. I’m 28 years old living my single life in my west suburb apartment. My newest friend is my cat, named “Cat” (Thank you Holly Golightly!) who loves to snuggle with me. I’m a sonographer in the medical field, working both in Naperville and in a leading Chicago hospital. I’m very much a “girly girl.” I love chocolate, peanut butter, a good cry, and anything pink (plus polka-dots are a bonus!) I absolutely love movies and going to the show with junior mints and a soda. From the usual romantic comedy to a great drama to the sappy made-for-TV movies that I’ll watch on the Hallmark channel all day on a random Sunday. I’m a huge fan of any movie with dancing, singing, and cheerleading. I especially love the classic old movies…anything with Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, etc. Some of my all-time favorites include Singin’ in the Rain, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Love Actually, The Cutting Edge, Pretty Woman, Steel Magnolias, Serendipity, Dirty Dancing, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, and Up Close and Personal. Which actress would play me in my life movie?….Sandra Bullock, of course!!!

3 Comments

  • Jake

    I want to say that the title of this movie broke the site for a while, and I had to fix it. I find that a bit ironic.

  • Christine

    Awesome Review! Well written! I did not see this in the theaters, but I REALLY wanted to. I’m almost afraid to see it-because I’m afraid it will come true. Can’t wait to see this one! Your review made me want to see it more!

    By the way- I LOVE “Taken” and Liam! Didn’t we watch that on vacation in Indiana?

  • i was debating whether to see this movie. i didn’t want it to be cheesy though. thanks for thsi review! i may rent this now.

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