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I got my tiny little (don’t you dare judge) hands on the February 19th, 2008 draft of 2012 written by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) & Harald Kloser (10,000 BC, AVP) with polish by Matt (don’t squeeze the) Charman. The anticipated cast includes: John Cusack (1408, High Fidelity), Amanda Peet (A Lot Like Love, The Whole Nine Yards), Thandie Newton (Run Fatboy Run, Mission Impossible II), Danny Glover (Saw, Lethal Weapon), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men, Serenity), Oliver Platt (The
The Mayan calendar apparently has the hots December 21, 2012. (They apparently like their ones and twos.) There’s conjecture this signifies a transition between life as we know it and something altogether different. On this date, the planets in our solar system will align with the sun. Many people speculate this denotes the end of the world. The film supposes those people are right.
The clues denoting destruction are discovered in 2009 and, a hop, skip and roughly ten pages later, we’re knee deep in 2012. The sun will superheat the Earth’s core, causing erratic shifts in the plates leading to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and hardcore tidal shifts. While most of the people walking the globe are unaware, governments plot to save a small percentage of the population (you know, the rich). That’s the overarching tale. The fine print involves a number of families on different continents from different social strata and their attempts to cope and survive. Young scientific advisor Adrian Helmsley brings the news to the President. (Why does the world always have to face destruction when we have an African American President? Can’t they enjoy a solid term of growth and prosperity?) The President’s daughter, and love of
Does Roland Emmerich know a thing or two about destroying the world? You bet your sweet ass he does. He’s done it before.
2012 is a sprinkle Armageddon, with a double dash of Deep Impact covered in a slathering sauce of The Day After Tomorrow. In simpler non-Hollywood terms, Noah’s
Can you count on Roland Emmerich for the visuals necessary to sell this script? Yes. His directorial vision plus the continuing advances in visual effects technology make for a flick guaranteed to be look-worthy.
Can you count on the cast already assembled to sell the emotional bits of the script? Absolutely, they’ve already added a number of my favorites (I’m looking at you Cusack, Platt and Ejiofor).
Will this movie change your life? Only if you believe conspiracies surrounding the date and the end of the world. In that case, better bone up on your ancient Mayan texts to be sure.
Let’s face it, can we ever get enough of
THE FINAL WORD
In the nutshell – you will believe a man can destroy the world… again.