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Apocalypse soon

Published 05th October 2009 - 0 comments - 896 views -

It's the year 2012 and, four years before the Brazilian Olympic Games begin, Rio de Janeiro is suddenly submerged by the ocean. Over in Europe, thousands of people are huddled in St Peter's in Rome, praying for salvation, but to no avail. The roof of the Sistine Chapel rips apart and the basilica crashes onto the congregation.

It's got to be Roland Emmerich, right? And it is. Five years after he gave us an effects-laden orgy titled The Day After Tomorrow, about a rapidly oncoming Ice Age brought about by global warming, he's back, with an apocalyptic opus called 2012 that's set for worldwide release on November 13. The trailer is fascinatingly awful. 

It might be stretching things a bit to suggest that Emmerich has timed the release of 2012 to coincide with Copenhagen, but his interest in climate change is passionate and neither is it a recent fad. In fact, it goes all the way to his very first film as a student in Munich in 1984. In Das Arche Noah Prinzip ("The Noah's Ark Principle"), Emmerich portrays a world at peace in which all weapons of mass destruction have been abandoned. But, orbiting the Earth is the European/American space station FLORIDA ARKLAB, which can control the weather on the planet below. In the wrong hands, however, it could deliver devastation by creating hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes and monsoons. Given that the film's tagline is "The end of our future has already begun", it's no wonder, then, that the space station is soon at the centre of rising political tensions between East and West. Bring on WW III.

By the way, Roland Emmerich is the 18th highest grossing director of all time, with his films generating over $945 million in the United States alone. There's a silver lining to every cloud, and a golden lining to Roland Emmerich's really dark ones. 

Category: Natural Disasters, | Tags: hollywood, disaster, apocalypse, 2012, roland emmerich,


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