Disaster flicks have become a stable of Hollywood since, the being of time, when “Earthquake” first came out with Charlton Heston, not very far behind after the Irwin Allen came out with the Steve McQueen, Paul Newman flick, “The Towering Inferno”, both of these movies came out in the 1970’s – when the 20th century was just beginning to tell tales of disaster and mayhem.
Later in the at the beginning of the 21st Century, another flick came out with a more chilling effect that the entire North American continent would become another ice age in the Dennis Quaid flick – “The Day after Tomorrow”.
What’s so special about disaster epics these days is the Hollywood is open to telling compelling stories that make movie goers want to pack movie houses to the extremes and wreck havoc a the box office and bringing in large crowds with an enormous opening weekend in ticket sales worldwide.
John Cusack’s plays Jackson Curtis a washed up writer looking for his next big adventure novel, takes his son to Yellowstone National Park and gets himself summersed an all out effort to save his family after learning about an appearant doomsday plot that the world would end before Christmas 2012, Cusacks’ character struggles to get his wife, son and her new husband safely out of harms way.
Meanwhile as the world starts to experience changes in their daily lives, everyone sets out for the high mountains of China to the supposed “spaceships”, that are effectively built as the Ark in what seems more like a modern day effort to retrace the footsteps of Moses and the ark in bibical times, but only in modern times, the world restarts life a news after escaping the once great flood that literally wiped out modern day earth and renews its life of humanity and human kind with a fresh start.
Director Roland Emmerich and Harold Kloser have written a superb script along with some great story telling and action sequences which would make Charlton Heston’s Mose look might and dandy proud of bringing an ark into the premise of movie making of the 21st century.