Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Rainbow in the Clouds


Last night, Diane and I went to see the movie 2012. As you have heard, the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world in 2012. A more accurate interpretation of that would be that the Mayan calendar only goes through 2012. I guess you can only fit so many days on stone tablets. But who am I to judge. The calendar I am currently using only goes through December of this year.

In the movie, the sun does it's usual disaster-movie-thing and heats up the earth's core, causing the crust to crack up and start moving around. This triggers the whole of the crust to shift and all of humanity to get flooded out by massive tsunamis.

In the movie, you get to see realistic looking depictions of all sorts of cool stuff, like California cracking up and falling into the sea, Las Vegas disappearing into the earth's core, Yellowstone turning into a massive volcano and massive cruise liners and aircraft carriers tossed about by enormous waves. You also get to see the heroes escape time after time in cars, rv's, airplanes, etc. from collapsing buildings, huge fissures, volcano bombs (if you think volcano bombs are fanciful, try to remember the movie Dante's Peak where Remington Steele's, I mean Pierce Brosnan's, wife is killed by a volcano bomb in the beginning of the movie), and oceans (literally, Oceans) of water while most everyone else, including the Dali Lama-like character (massive amounts of water rushing over his mountain hideout) and Danny Glover (as the President getting a carrier washed onto him in Washington D.C.), are wiped right out.

This movie is very exciting visually, but it gets a bit silly after a while. Too many narrow escapes for the main characters. Kudos to them for working so hard to survive, but how much of that can we watch. Especially considering that the movie runs well over two hours. I think it is closer to two and a half. I think they were trying a little too hard to make an epic.

Besides, I have it on good authority that the world will not again be destroyed by worldwide flooding. Even if it is precipitated by a shifting of the crust of the earth.

Next I want to see the Book Of Eli, so I can find out what happens after the destruction of civilization as we know it.

1 comment:

rural said...

Cali falls off into the ocean? I'm totally going to see this now.