Emmerich creates a modern, thrilling Noah's Ark for the big screen
Although several apocalyptic stories have hit the big screen within the past couple years, "2012" stands out with higher quality and an advanced plot. Director Roland Emmerich captures audiences' imagination with a multi-layered plot and visually stunning special effects. This epic adventure critiques the humanity of the governments of the world's most powerful nations by assessing how the world would respond to an apocalypse.
Emmerich created the film to serve as a modern retelling of the biblical story of Noah's Ark. In the film, Dr. Satnam Tsurutani, an Indian geologist, represents Noah, and proves to the United States government that the earth's core is heating up faster than predicted, causing the world to end in 2012. Thus, the leaders of the "G8 countries" construct arks that will float on the ocean, to safely contain leaders, citizens and animals of these nations that are considered necessary for future survival. Similar to the biblical tale, the film causes audiences to question the ethicality of who can board the arks and explores the impact of morality when a global population is at risk of extinction.
The film is full of chaos and is never dull for a moment; however, it verges on running too long. Throughout the film, characters struggle to escape incredible earthquakes, collapsing buildings and enormous tsunamis. While each scene is exciting, audiences can only handle violent earth destruction for so long.
Notable acting enhanced the plot and helped move the story along. Jackson Curtis's two children, Noah (Liam James) and Lily (Morgan Lily), branch out of a typical children's role in the film and show true emotion that comes acr¬oss as sincere rather than cheesy. The overdramatic plot calls for an exaggerated cast and James and Lily did not disappoint. Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Dr. Adrian Helmsley, an advisor to the White House, serves as the moral center for the film. Ejiofor effectively sticks up for humanity in the tumultuous nature of the world's end.
The film centers on the Mayans' prediction that the world will end in the year 2012. While the plot of "2012" is truly unrealistic, the film possesses a unique quality because it provides insight into the way individuals and international leaders would respond to an apocalypse. "2012" invites audiences to re-examine the morals of our world in an introspective, yet action-packed plot.
"2012" ( 158 minutes) is rated PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language. Now playing in theaters everywhere.
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