You know, I’m not in principle against a film based on the premise that the world will end in 2012 as prophesized by the ancient Mayans, even though the idea is complete bunk. What does bug me is that the film is by Roland Emmerich, and looks to be another noisy, incoherent mess heavy on special effects and almost bereft of plot or character development. (See Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 BC, etc.)
I had to laugh, though, when I saw this trailer on television the other day. The text of the trailer declares,
The Mayans warned us
We should have listened
Waitaminit — the film is, in essence, about the end of the world, involving the destruction of pretty much everything on the planet. How would listening to the Mayans actually help at all in such a circumstance? How are we supposed to prepare for the end of the world, “duck and cover”? Hide under the kitchen table? Build enough spaceships to fly everyone to the moon?
This sort of incoherent trailer does not bode well for the film, in my opinion. Then again, has there ever been a film about global catastrophe that has been any good? Looking through the recent list of choices — Armageddon, The Day After Tomorrow, Deep Impact — I can’t say there are any that are particularly memorable. Really, there have been so many movies involving mass destruction in the past few years that I’m totally desensitized to it.