November 13, 2009
November 14, 2009
Last Saturday, after watching 2012 for the second time, I updated my Facebook status as “King del Rosario would like to tell everyone that Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) is not a hero and he did not save humanity.”
I got a lot of reaction about this status through comments and private messages mostly from people who got irked about my supposedly tactless and insensitive movie spoiler. But the thing is, first, there is nothing to spoil. To be blatant about this, the plots is as simple as:
- Scientist/s discovers the pending end of the world
- The government does something about it
- Common guy (with a relationship problem) is caught in the middle of it all
- Top honchos/government execs have their own drama as well
- Here comes the disaster
- People are still kickin’ and screamin’
- Mushy lines here
- Insert suicide mission here (P.S. One of the characters need to clearly say that “It’s a suicide mission.”
- Mushy lines here
- We’re still here aka the world after the disaster
If you read 1-10 all over again, you would realize that the likes of Armageddon to War of the Worlds to The Day the Earth Stood Still to the Day After Tomorrow can fit perfectly into it. See? Nothing changed? So what’s the fuss all about.
Now, back to my Facebook status, the reason I said those lines is because Jackson Curtis is really not a hero. To borrow someone else’s words, his plan to sneak in the kids into the Ark killed a lot of people. Plus with the drill getting stuck in the gears and all, he almost wiped out the entire American nation (Hmmm….).
But lo and behold, after cleaning up his own mess, people cheered and clapped inside the Ark. Heck, even some moviegoers did this as well. Of course, part of the reason may be elation that they are still gonna live. But who knows really, some people watch movies without internalizing, which is why as a responsible viewer, I feel the need to make it clear that he isn’t a hero and shouldn’t be treated as one. Hehehe.
Anyhow, kudos to the graphics team of 2012. The acting may be as disastrous as the plot, but I must say the graphics are mind blowing. Too bad though that at this point, I’m no longer as moved with this catastrophic scenarios as that time I watched Bill Pullman declare an International Independence Day in cinemas. But even in this post-Matrix era, I am still astonished by how much pixels and minutes these guys put into the film. And for that, as a humble viewer, I am forever grateful.
Back to the acting, well, everyone sucked. I only admire the acting capabilities of the 2 kids (Liam James & Morgan Lily) who seemed to be very good in looking scared especially when they know fer shure it’s just Hollywood. Oh, and I also love the character of Carl Anheuser (Oliver Platt) who seemed to be the only rational person in the movie. Yes, he’s bad, but he makes sense. Life isn’t fair everyone, so work your butt off.
Now, just a little joke. If you’re wondering why there were no Filipinos and Mexicans in 2012, it’s because a lot were already hiding illegally inside the Arks. Hehehe.