Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Only The Lucky Survive

2012 isn't bad for a disaster movie (though the third act needs work--or excision). I can see why it's such a big hit. It delivers. There's no time for more than broad strokes when it comes to plot and character, but the scenes of destruction are impressive.

The trouble is even in the action genre, things shouldn't get too silly. We like to see outsized adventure, but we still enjoy the protagonists getting by on their talents and their wits.

Alas, in 2012, the heroes succeed almost by coincidence. They may be smarter, faster and more pure of heart, but it doesn't matter. The fact they avoid disaster by a hair's breadth, not once, not twice, but hundreds of times by chance (e.g., fiery rocks from a massive volcano either hit you or they don't), gets ridiculous. It's funny the first few times, but a whole movie of it gets tiresome.

PS On Sunday there was a short jolt of an earthquake. It occurred to me a bunch of people watching 2012 just felt that.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If a fiery rock has your name on it there's nothing you can do.

10:17 AM, November 17, 2009  
Blogger New England Guy said...

12.21.12 does have a neat slightly asymmetrical look to it. Probably be a great night for parties (and they can re-release the DVD or whatever media they are using then)

12:08 PM, November 17, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not 12/12/12, as long as they're making it up?

12:21 PM, November 17, 2009  
Blogger New England Guy said...

c'mon 12-12-12 would seem fake. And we will have 11 triple number dates since 2001 where the world didn't blow up.
12-21-12 is kind of arty- like poems that almost but don't quite rhyme (I forget the term for that but John Barth had a great bit about that in The Sot Weed Factor)

2:51 PM, November 17, 2009  
Blogger LAGuy said...

If I recall, the term is Hudabrastic.

2:55 PM, November 17, 2009  

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