Thursday, November 19, 2009

2012: A Review

I saw it yesterday but my brain kept shutting down. I have to point to this meta-comment in Variety's review of the movie, which dismantles the entire genre.
Let it be said that "2012'' plummets from reasonably distracting spectacle
to sheerest silliness when, in the pointlessly protracted final reels, it tries
to maintain interest in the (confusingly staged) jeopardy of a handful of
characters when much of the world's population has already been wiped out or is
about to be. Never has Rick's observation in "Casablanca'' been more true, that
the problems of a few little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this
crazy world.
It kind of reminds me of movies where the plot involves people being lured to their death by ghosts; if there are ghosts and they can push you around, how is dying such a bad thing? It's a self-negating plot.

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