I’m no fan of Roland Emmerich. With that said, his upcoming be-all, end-all disaster epic 2012 (opening November 12th) is currently tops on my list of most anticipated movies of the latter half of this year. Every trailer hypes 2012 as this terrifying end-of-the-world disaster thriller playing off real-life fears of what may lie ahead for us all in 2012, and then you watch this clip from the film and I defy you not to laugh.
The five-minute clip of John Cusack trying to get his family out of Los Angeles before massive earthquakes finally send the city sinking into the Pacific is vintage Emmerich. The special effects are top notch. The spectacle is undeniable. But in true Emmerich fashion, there’s something patently ridiculous about it all. Their reactions to the world collapsing around them play more comically mortified than genuinely horrified. A fake governator played by an actor doing a bad Schwarzenegger impression. Driving right through a collapsing skyscraper. Getting to a plane and still flying low enough to have to dodge debris. And then at the end the trailer turns deadly serious once again. Oh, the hilarity!
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