2012’s Disaster Porn

When I find the time, I might post a response to uber-disaster movie, 2012. It might require me to confront head-on my unhealthy fascination with Roland Emmerich. I understand he’s making daft popcorn movies, but there’s something about his commitment to remaking the same film again and again, like he’s gradually honing his visions of the apocalypse into something bigger, makes him a lot more interesting than Michael Bay’s witless approach to blowing stuff up. If you remember the shot of Americans trying to scale the fences to escape into Mexico, you’ll know that Emmerich has a mischievous streak, which is present and correct in 2012 (except for an ending that is astonishingly nonchalant about the death of six billion people), but the trailer above, which came from Garrison Dean and io9, captures the tone of the film rather nicely. Not all amateur reworkings of movies are golden, but this funky 70s-style gem might say more than any 2000-word review I could come up with at this point. Enjoy….

5 thoughts on “2012’s Disaster Porn

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    • Thanks for the link! You could probably put me down in the “skeptic” category when it comes to Mayan predictions of the end of the world, but it does look like the planet is currently a bit shafted.

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