Last weekend I rushed off to the cinema at Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria after work to watch 2012 on its day of release in South Africa. I was full of excitement after seeing the trailers for the movie. I was expecting a disaster movie with a decent storyline. The film’s director, Roland Emerich is famous for directing Stargate, Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow (3 films that I enjoyed), so I was expecting a movie of high standard. What I got was a disaster movie with a flimsy storyline. The science behind the whole thing was a bit unbelievable. Yes, I know it’s a movie, but there should be some sort of believability involved (like in Armageddon).
In 2012 neutrinos from a massive solar flare are acting as microwaves, causing the temperature of the Earth’s core to increase rapidly. I don’t think it’s possible. Yes, solar flares may cause the earth to heat up (global warming style) and X-rays and UV radiation emitted by solar flares can affect Earth’s ionosphere and disrupt communication signals. But it’s highly unlikely to cause a “boiling” effect in the Earth’s core (like we see in the movie). Maybe it’s possible in an extreme scenario, but we would be talking about one massive solar flare. Even if this were possible this will not occur over 3 years, it would take way longer than that (in my opinion). The Earth has a bigger chance of being hit by an asteroid (considering that NASA’s budget set aside for watching for asteroids heading for earth is a bit flimsy). 2012 would be a bit more believable if the Mayan prophecy about 2012 was explored more thoroughly. I take my hat off to the special effects team for 2012 for doing their jobs. The last 45 minutes of 2012 was too stretched out. This could have been a great action movie if the movie was 45 minutes or more shorter and if the pace of the film was a bit quicker. (158 minutes is way too long). The acting performances were quite average in my opinion. There was nothing wrong with the casting. John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt and Chiwetel Ejiofor all delivered decent performances. The movie was a fun ride and escape from reality, but would have been more fun with a better storyline, a believable science scenario and a faster pace. Americans should also learn to pronounce Kwazulu Natal (mentioned at the end of the film) properly as well. The South African audience I was a part of started laughing when the heard the pronunciation in 2012.
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