Roland Emerich's (Stargate, Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) latest movie, 2012 is on a global scale. The premise is simple, in the year 2012 there will be a solar flare of such magnitude it will rip apart the world as we know it. The story follows various individuals trying to survive this event and interweaves their destinies along the way. There are vague references to Mayan calandars and Dan Brown-style conspiracies but these are really red herrings for what is simply a good old fashioned disaster movie.
In order to achieve the astounding special effects, the Yellowstone caldera exploding, cities collapsing, earthquakes and tidal waves, computer generated imagery is seamlessly integrated with live action and hats off the the actors for making it feel believable. The cast is headed up by John Cusack (Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity, War Inc.) who plays an everyman by the name of Jackson Curtis, a little known author (http://www.farewellatlantis.com) just trying to keep his dysfunctional family alive. Chitwetel Ejiofor plays the government geologist with a conscience and the rest of the cast include Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson (Woody Harrelson manages to salvage his over-the-top acting of a conspiracy theorist DJ by the seat of his pants!). While the science bits are well and truly dodgy, so numerously dodgy that I'm not even going to go there, the fast-paced action is right on track and the 158 minutes fly by in jaw-droppingly spectacular style. This is a movie that needs a big screen and suggest you see it at a cinema while you can. If you liked 'The Day After Tomorrow' then 2012 is it's bigger and eye-poppingly bolder brother.