Lone Monk Confronts Tidal Wave in Emmerich’s ‘2012’

The teaser trailer for Roland Emmerich’s latest disaster pic, 2012, single-handedly washes away the acrid taste left in mouth from his last two pics, 10,000 B.C., and The Day After Tomorrow — two films I admit to not seeing, but do you care to disagree with my assessment? Granted, it’s not a huge feat to craft an engaging teaser, but I haven’t seen one more enrapturing in some time. Listen to that music. It’s like a Jodorowsky film. Emmerich teased that in this film, “you’ll see the world go to shit,” and while we don’t see it going to shit just yet, that lone monk is going to have a tough time staying afloat. The film’s title refers to the end of the Mayan calendar, which many people believe to be the end of the world, too. Emmerich said what inspired him to make this film was that when he googled 2012, 240 million hits came up. “So many people write about it, believe it, that our world comes to an end in 2012,” he says. But that was pre-Obama, obviously.

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