A hulking spectacle of surreal destruction, Roland Emmerich’s 2012
is a theme-park ride masquerading as a motion picture -- the only things missing are an exclamation mark in the title and multiplex seat-jostlers to give us a good jolt when the action gets especially intense. Were Irwin Allen still alive today, he’d no doubt marvel at Emmerich’s impressive ability to dispatch more people in ten seconds of screen time than Jason Voorhees did in the entire original Friday the 13th
film series (albeit much less creatively, of course). You can almost imagine a bulky old clamshell VHS case for 2012
on the shelf of your local video store, its title ren...