Amanda Peet Sexy, 2012 is Roland Emmerich’s best movie since Independence Day. Take that however you please. The German director is a filmmaking Peter Pan. He won’t grow up. Like most kids, he undoubtedly created horrible scenarios with his toy train set.
Unlike most kids, he probably added some lighter fluid and lit a match. In many ways, he’s dared to make a movie that only children would suggest making: An impressive doomsday fireworks display with no other purpose than destruction. If you’ve seen any of Emmerich’s other movies, you know that actual plot points are perfectly unimportant. For those curious, 2012, which opens Friday and is rated PG-13, deals with Jackson Curtis (played by John Cusack).
A failed writer turned limousine driver, Jackson is trying to get in the good graces of his ex-wife (Amanda Peet) by taking their kids camping in Yellowstone National Park. Soon, Wyoming and the rest of the planet are completely bludgeoned by a combination of deadly solar flares, tectonic upheavals and supervolcanic eruptions. I think there might also be a galactic alignment of some sort, but after the film’s 158 minutes of cryptic Mayan prophesies, crust-displacement theories and all-out devastation, it’s almost impossible to put the pieces together. The point is, the proverbial apocalypse hits the fan.