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 worldâ€™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 wouldnâ€™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 â€œsurface crackâ€ right through the heart of California, ends with a tidal wave destroying the Capitolâ€¦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 Californiaâ€™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 itâ€™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.