Review: 2012 Displays Childlike Glee Amid Destruction

2012 is Roland Emmerich's well motion picture since Independence Day. get that how you please.

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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.

(Spoiler alert: Minor plot points follow.)

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2012 is on the dot want consciousness upward betimes along letter of the alphabet Sat morning, overdosing along that burnt umber breakfast food you aren't supposititious to eat and playing Mortal Kombat for the fatalities. Just make sure you bring your aspirin.

Stunning displays of comic book apocalypse.

TIRED Dear Mr. Emmerich, I know you like your scripts. However, an editor would do you good.

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