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2012 – [2009]

December 2, 2009
‘We were warned’ – the tagline of the film says so. But they should chosen some other year other than 2012 because people have no fear or there is no enough proofs for that the world will be over by that year. But then titles are very little relevance to a film like this which purely carried on by special effects.


The film opens in India, in the year 2009, in which the American scientist Adrian meets his friend Dr.Santam in Delhi. Santam explains to Adrian that the neutrinos act as a microwave which causes the Earth core’s temperature to increase rapidly. From there on the story is being built upon towards to building a ship in Himalayas which could accommodate 400,000 people. As everybody in the film, knows that its out of their hands they give up. Even American president dies in this. On the other hand, a small family escapes from the California and reaches the ship.


There is no human emotion at all. We couldn’t relate ourselves to the people who are running to save their lives which are an important requisite for a disaster film. Too many characters but very less importance was given to the character building. Everybody cries and most of them die. There are some heart pumping moments if we see this kind of film for the first time. Else this is a run-of-a-mill affair at the story front.

Having said all the disappointing things above, the thing which will draw audiences to the theatre is its state-of-the-art Computer Graphics. Even though it gets monotonous at times, it’s enjoyable if we see it in the big screen. City California was completely destroyed with the roads cracking and opening up, the skyscrapers falling and by the end of the day the whole city was gone. Another notable mention has to be given to the massive ship created for the final sequences and all those little moments which gives a chill in spine.

Roland Emmerich carefully planned this as a global film and made enough efforts to make scenes in India, China, Brazil and some important economies where this film will click big time. And we could see responses from audiences by cheering whenever India is shown. I am surprised when the people started to clap when his name was shown in end credits. But there he is, with a winner. He has a like towards the disaster movies but this is not his best in that series. I enjoyed his Day after tomorrow more than this.

The other thing I like about Emmerich is, his underlying message ‘Man can never win over nature’.

2012 – Special effects.



Some trivias:

  • The film is based on the non-fiction book Fingerprints of the Gods.
  • This is one of the biggest Hits in Tamilnadu, making other big heroes films shy. For the first 3 weeks it continuously ran houseful shows in Satyam which is record, I guess.
  • A television series is going to be telecasted based on this film. The serial will start focusing about the survivors of the film.

PS: If you like to watch this film watch it in theatre in as much as big screen as possible. If you miss it in theatre, then you can better leave this one go.

24 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2009 1:25 pm

    My daughters are very keen on watching this movie. Thanks for the review. Now, I’ll make them read this and dissuade them from going to this movie. 🙂

    So, its not so gud as it sounds, eh ?????

    kanagu: If we don’t go with our expectations set.. this movie won’t disppoint us…. I went in with the expectation that this will be the worst movie.. and up saying its good in parts… 😀 😀

    there are moments we will yawn… but then it will be followed up brilliant visuals… 🙂 🙂

  2. December 2, 2009 2:29 pm

    Second … b4 i lose the position 😉 Off to read 😛

    kanagu: he he he… 🙂 🙂

    • December 2, 2009 2:37 pm

      Graphics is what we have to watch the movie for 🙂 Nice to know there are some good parts about India!

      kanagu: Yes… CG is thing for which we will go for this movie.. have ypu watched it???
      but who said there is good parts.. there is parts… 😀 😀
      Tsunami just swallows India….

      Waiting for the TV Series 😉

      kanagu: Cool.. but I don’t think it will be interesting…

  3. December 2, 2009 2:51 pm

    Disaster movies are not my type(alien attack in scary movie -4 is an exception 😀 😀 :D).I also heard negative reviews about this movie(like no script or story but only special effects).Anyways will see the film for its graphics once the DVD is out .And also kids at my neighborhood are puling me to take them for this 🙂
    between cool review kanagu 🙂

    kanagu: One thing machi…. Its better to skip watching it, if you are going to watch it in DVD… only in theatre you will be able to get the real feel…
    go with the kids,, they will like this film for sure…
    thanks machi 🙂 🙂

  4. December 2, 2009 3:07 pm

    I know !! One of the worst movies I had ever seen. Probably, I expected a lot!!! Waste of time !

    kanagu: Mine is negative expectation and came out feeling good 😀 😀

  5. December 2, 2009 3:30 pm

    i will give it a miss!

    kanagu: a wise decision considering you are watching very few films…

  6. December 2, 2009 5:37 pm

    this movie disappoints me…
    i had good expectations like the day after tomm..
    like u said Too many characters but very less importance was given to the character building

    kanagu: Thank god.. I didn’t expected anything from this movie 😀 😀

  7. December 2, 2009 7:11 pm

    I’ll give it a miss too. Thanks for the review,Kanagu.

    kanagu: wise decision.. 🙂 🙂

  8. Princess permalink
    December 2, 2009 8:37 pm

    i am planning to see this sooner friend 😀
    i love sci-fi and visual effects.


    kanagu: See it soon.. before goes out of theatres friend 🙂 🙂

  9. Princess permalink
    December 2, 2009 9:13 pm

    hey and yeah I used to watch arabian nights – the song alif laila will kinda linger many a times 😀 such lovely times as you say our childhood would have been incomplete without doordarshan.

    kanagu: True.. and SIGH… these generation can say only cartoon network and Pogo which lacks the variety of the doordarshan…

  10. December 2, 2009 11:47 pm

    heard a lot about its animation and effects… need to watch it 🙂
    hope its worth watching 🙂

    kanagu: In big screen… its worth watching 🙂 🙂

  11. December 3, 2009 12:30 am

    i saw the film myself…. with my bro since he wanted to see it…

    went with low expectations since i heard mixed reviews… but i actually liked the film. of course its nothing that great… but still i enjoyed it nevertheless.
    the SPX was of course mindblowing. there’s something cheesy abt watching the destruction of the world.

    kanagu: Me too went like that… no expectations at all… but still enjoyed it.. 🙂 as you have said SFX is superb in this movie…

    what is ironical in this case is that the audience who is watching the film, wud be (if this ever took place in reality) among the imagined dead!!! 🙂 think about it!

    kanagu: he he he… thats a fun part.. anyway no such thing will happen by 2012..

    i liked how they inter-connected so many characters and countries….and brought in continuity to it…
    but otherwise, its still a forgettable film…

    food for thought… will the world really end in 2012? or just it does mean the end of a cycle in the mayan calender?

    kanagu: I didn’t understand about the Mayan calendar at all.. so no worries for me… 😀 😀

  12. December 3, 2009 1:12 am

    I will watch it on PPV like most other movies. These days I only see animated movies with my daughter. 😦

    kanagu: But I don’t think it will be good to watch this film in TV Solilo.. better leave it.. there are better films to watch in TV…
    is Peanut enjoying animation movies???

  13. December 3, 2009 5:19 pm

    Che! Have they stopped making decent movies? Haven’t seen one in a long long time!

    kanagu: he he he… did you watched ‘Inglourious basterds’??? its good….

  14. masood permalink
    December 3, 2009 5:33 pm

    A friend had warned me about this movie before hand. So I let it pass.

    Thankfully it was the right decision.

    kanagu: he he he…. cool bro 🙂 🙂

  15. December 3, 2009 9:25 pm

    All in all an average disaster film! I saw it, but frankly have a difficulty in remembering anything of it!! But yeah I remember the Indian characters. The family who died.

    kanagu: Actually there is nothing to remember… all is to enjoy the CG and forget the whole thing…

  16. December 3, 2009 9:46 pm

    Going to skip it.

    kanagu: 🙂 🙂

  17. December 3, 2009 10:42 pm

    I have been longing to watch the movie ever since it realesed.It is playing in a theatre nearby,which is just 5 mnts walk away..Still i haven’t watched it 😦 I love sc-fi movies..not the star-war kinda stuff,but Independence Day,Day after tomorro,Armagedon,etc etc…I hope to watch the movie before it will go this week… Oops,its friday tomo,maybe they will change the film tomo 😦

    kanagu: I think its going great guns here in India so they won’t replace ti for sure.. hope you will watch it in theatre sister… let me know whether you liked it… 🙂 🙂

  18. December 4, 2009 4:45 am

    thankooo for the review kanagu!! 😀

    kanagu: 😀 😀

    i knew the story line… but i didn’ t know this was inspired from a book!!!!
    i think i will opt for the book instead! 😀

    kanagu: I think its worth watching in theatre if you like SFX… 🙂

    when i get to read it is another thing! 😥

    kanagu: Don’t worry.. you will find time for sure,… 🙂 🙂

    how have u been? 😀

    kanagu: I am great… 😀 😀

    hope to catch up with u over some night owl blog hopping this weekend!!

    😀 😀 😀

    kanagu: Catch you today 😀 😀

    kanagu: Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. December 4, 2009 10:10 am

    Will probably pick up the book! 🙂

    Thank you for the review..

    kanagu: I don’t know how is the book… anyways let me know how it is… 🙂

  20. December 7, 2009 12:25 am

    I think it ran continuously houseful for three weeks in satyam bcos there was no other worthwhile tamil movie to watch! Here, this movie was dubbed and it still ran very well! I guess for the same reason!

    Destination Infinity

    kanagu: It had some brilliant visuals which has drawn the people to theatres DI.. after a long time an English film is running full houses here… so its both of it…

  21. December 7, 2009 2:04 pm

    Nice review thambi.Its almost 5 years i didnt go to a cinema hall 😦

    kanagu: Oh.. thats a long time… 😦 😦 is there is no theatre in Dubai????

    • December 10, 2009 11:57 am

      I am not sure whether my kids will sit in the cinema hall for 3 hours,so never went to see movies in the cinema hall

      kanagu: hmmm… thats right.. then you can some animation movies from home… they will be good 🙂 🙂 and varu and pinky too will enjoy it 🙂 🙂

  22. December 8, 2009 12:24 am

    Yep other than graphics, there is nothing much in the movie. The Indians speak fake hindi, I burst into laughter hearing that guy speak hindi. I am sure he is an ABCD or someone who has never set foot in Indian soil 😛
    Not sure if you have seen “The day after tomorrow”, by the same director. Watch it if you get a chance. That movie was brilliant and better than 2012. 🙂
    Nice review from you as usual 🙂

    kanagu: He he he… actually this is a template story of Hollywood which was grinded again and again every 5 years 🙂 and as I don’t know hindi much I missed that fun part 😦 😦
    I have seen that film and liked it too… 🙂 🙂
    Thanks AK… 🙂 🙂

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