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:: 2012

Unless you’re like me - uncontrollably frothing at the mouth at the mention of another disaster movie - you’re probably thinking ‘How many times can you do the same thing before it becomes boring?’ Well the answer to that is, at least one more!

From the creator of ‘Independence Day’ and ‘The Day After tomorrow’ comes 2012, the be all and end all of end-of-the-world big screen blockbusters. Director Roland Emmerich feeds his lust for carnage in this action-packed (albeit a little too long) offering and I am telling you now, it is the over zealous headmaster, the lunatic aunty, the bad-ass mother-in-law of diaster movies and even you critics of this genre will have something new to watch.

Opening with Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) on a trip to India’s Astro Physics institute we quickly discover that the earths inhabitants are in a perilous position; the earth's core is heating up and our days are numbered! We then follow Jackson Curtis (John Cusask), a ‘published’ author and part time Dad whose ex-wife painfully reminds him to take his children camping and to ‘not stay on his computer the whole time.’ Confronted with a ‘Do Not Enter’ sign in a section of Yellowstone National Park, Curtis boldly decides to investigate. What they discover is the cataclysmic culmination of hundreds of years of waiting and hoping that the Myans’ apocalyptic predictions were wrong.

The ensuring turn of events bring several unlikely friends together to ride the wave of destruction and try desperately to secure their safety in a world where the almighty dollar could decide their fate. Colourful characters, nail biting moments and a welcome appearance from conspiracy theorist and outcast DJ Charlie Frost Woody Harrelson will keep your eyes glued to the screen.

Nothing is spared from the fury of mother earth; various notable landmarks from around the world smashed, drowned, overturned or torn apart; tsunamis, earthquakes, meteor showers, volcanoes, and the magnetic displacement of the poles are the real stars of this cinematic offering of cataclysmic proportions.

A few wishy-washy narratives create cringe-worthy clichés and there were more than one deep and meaningful moment between characters that dragged on painfully, but the overall finished product is exciting, smile-inducing and definitely watch-worthy.