November 17, 2009
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Emmerich has done it again. As a fan of both “Independence Day” and “The Day after Tomorrow”, I was skeptical this would be a good movie. Both ended with a bit too tidy of an ending, but this film stays more true to its source material.
A cast that truly stands out makes other multi-narrative destructo-porn. Cusack plays an estranged father and writer who drives limos to pay the bills. Ejiofor, Glover, Platt, and Newton all play the role of the government “family”. The film follows these and a few other minor characters as the realization that the Mayan calendar is right hits our scientists, and quickly afterwards, our politicians.
What could have easily been a CGI bore (I hate CGI) is a movie with heart. It shows the reactions of people in all walks of life trying to stay ahead of impending doom. The special effects are dazzling, and more than once I found myself riddled with tension from how into I got. This is definitely a great popcorn movie. It won’t win any acting awards, but it’s an enjoyable 2 1/2 hours (which goes by quickly and effortlessly). 3.5 out of 5 stars.