New ‘2012’ trailer melts my face off

Posted by · 11:39 am · June 18th, 2009

Alright, I’ll say at the top here that I’m full on in the tank for Roland Emmerich’s brand of blow-stuff-up-good apocalyptic cinema.  Even when the science is dubious (coughthedayaftertomorrowcough), I’m glad there’s someone out there who at least knows how to make this stuff engaging.  Sue me.  And this new trailer for “2012” (a subject I’ve written at length about before and which fascinates me completely), is indicative of what has to be the most balls-to-the-wall, destroy everything, leave nothing standing movie ever.  Of all time.  Biblical.  BRING IT.

A sound mixer friend who saw large chunks of the film also told me the technical aspects of this thing are unbelievable.  The carnage is outrageous, he says, which has me wondering: could “2012” be the first Emmerich film since “Independence Day” to rack up some tech nods?  His films as of late have seemed somewhat stuck in the 1990s when it comes to the below-the-line stuff, but the effects in this trailer (exclusively released on Yahoo! Movies) are quality.  Mind you, I laughed out loud at the brazen nature of this destruction.  I cracked up at the performances, too.  It’s so sincere it’s just too much.  But I don’t care.  I can’t wait.

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  • 1 6-18-2009 at 12:07 pm

    Silencio said...

    The visceral force of this trailer is gripping, I’ll agree, even though the sensationalism of 2012=End of World is wearing thin for me. And Chweitel Ejiofor’s presence does inch up my interest. I’d be more likely to see this if there was at least some kind of character arc I can care about. Maybe they’ll show that in future trailers.

  • 2 6-18-2009 at 12:11 pm

    Mr. F said...

    It does look cool, plus it has Chiwetel Ejiofor, so that’s a plus, but I don’t think it will have what it takes to have a proper ending (like “Knowing’s” which despite its extremely flawed script, it turned out to be a very brave ending).

  • 3 6-18-2009 at 12:14 pm

    Vito said...

    Sure, the cgi will be great and all. Which is fine, but I’m still gonna hate this movie I’m sure. Just like Day After Tomorrow.

    I’d like to see Emmerich kill everyone. No fucking survivors. When someone says end of the world, I want to see it happen.

  • 4 6-18-2009 at 12:20 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    The fact that EVERY shot is a money shot almost makes this film experimental. I’m in but if John Cusack figures out a way to stop the natural end of the world, I am going to punch someone in the face.

  • 5 6-18-2009 at 12:27 pm

    Alex C. said...

    More mindless CGI destruction. Wake me up when it’s over.

    Emmerich seems to put no thought into his movies, just visual effects.

  • 6 6-18-2009 at 12:35 pm

    Michael said...

    That shot of the city sinking into the water… that’s one of the most impressive visuals I have ever seen.

  • 7 6-18-2009 at 12:53 pm

    Brando said...

    Wow. Is very similar to The day after tomorrow, but the efects are even better and it couldn’t be more real. And the White House shot at the end it’s perfect. One of this year’s blockbuster.

  • 8 6-18-2009 at 12:55 pm

    david said...

    Why the need to always infuse some meaningless (within the grand scheme of things), small “personal” story in a film of this nature??

    It always just kills the momentum of the breathtaking CGI driven destruction sequences.
    Who needs defined characters, or an underlying story when the world is about to be entirely destroyed. Just bring on the devastation. For once I wish they would shoot a film like this, in a manner similar to how Paul Greengrass directed United 93.

  • 9 6-18-2009 at 12:57 pm

    Elrocho said...

    Man, I love Emmerich. He’s such a guilty pleasure for me. ‘Moon 44’ was great. Showed a lot of talent to be unleashed upon us. Loved ‘Universal Soldier’, but don’t even get me on the horrendous sequels. ‘Stargate’ always was, and still is, a childhood favorite. ‘Independence Day’ was a fantastic action/sci-fi film. The first half of ‘Godzilla’ was remarkable…but then fizzled out. ‘The Patriot’ was fun. ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ was interesting, but lacked that ‘ummph!’ that Emmerich usually gives us. ‘10,000 BC’ was a train-wreck of a film. It had so much potential but fell completely flat. Mundane is the only word that comes to mind for it. Maybe atrocious, too. But ‘2012’ looks like he’s back to what he does best. I can’t wait!

  • 10 6-18-2009 at 1:11 pm

    P-Dawg said...

    As Joey Lawrence would say…”Whoa!”
    Note to self: Never think of Joey Lawrence again.

  • 11 6-18-2009 at 1:30 pm

    Zac said...

    Roland Emmerich loves destroying the White House, doesn’t he? Interesting how two movies of his in which it’s destroyed are released when the Democrats are in office. Interesting, hmm? ;)

    The only iffy VFX I noticed was Chiwetel and his wife in front of the tidal wave. Other than that, spectacular effects.

    Visual Effects, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing? Maybe for once, all 3 of those categories will have 5 nominees each?

  • 12 6-18-2009 at 1:35 pm

    Brando said...

    Zac you sound like a paranoic By the way, the president appears is Danny Glover. All very familiar. And yes, it’s possible to get one or two nominations.

  • 13 6-18-2009 at 1:38 pm

    entertainmenttoday.. said...

    IF you don’t like this stuff you shouldn’t go to the movies. LOOKS like a BLAST!


  • 14 6-18-2009 at 2:00 pm

    Diego(uruguay) said...

    i can´t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great trailer!

  • 15 6-18-2009 at 2:52 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    What’s with the black president? That’s soooo 2008 ;).

    A lot of that looks so ridiculous, there’s really not much left to blow up. Yet, Emmerich manages to find yet another way to destroy the White House. Brilliant :D.

  • 16 6-18-2009 at 4:06 pm

    Mike_M said...

    Meh, doesn’t do anything for me… After 10,000 BC not sure what to expect, that was a piece of crap.

  • 17 6-18-2009 at 4:09 pm

    Mike said...

    “Find out the truth.” LOL

  • 18 6-18-2009 at 4:35 pm

    Matthew said...

    You know, I tend to loathe Emmerich’s movies. I liked “Independence Day” when it came out, but I saw that again recently, and it was not very good. “10,000 B.C.” was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. But this movie looks like a fun ride, and I love how gloriously over the top it is. I guess with it being the end of the world, it’d be stupid not to be over the top.

  • 19 6-18-2009 at 5:20 pm

    Dertek1 said...

    Dec. 21
    My Birthday!
    That will be the best Birthday ever!
    I can’t wait!
    That’s a way to go out if you ask me!

  • 20 6-18-2009 at 5:36 pm

    Ash said...

    I am going to watch this and enjoy the hell out of it and not give a damn.

  • 21 6-18-2009 at 5:36 pm

    Vito said...

    Yeah, why don’t they just wait and release this on Dec. 21, 2012. It’d be a great marketing tool.

  • 22 6-18-2009 at 5:58 pm

    Bryan said...

    Vito, because everyone will be dead and they couldn’t make money off it.

  • 23 6-18-2009 at 6:40 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    What Bryan said.

  • 24 6-18-2009 at 9:15 pm

    Vito said...

    Pssh, bullocks.

  • 25 6-18-2009 at 9:17 pm

    Vito said...

    Excuse my American ignorance. I meant “bollocks.”

  • 26 6-18-2009 at 10:31 pm

    Glenn said...

    “What’s with the black president? That’s soooo 2008 ;).”

    Actually, it’s so 1998 when “Deep Impact” not only had a black president, but had the White House get destroyed by a giant tsunami.

    Never mind that though, that trailer was quite awesome, wasn’t it? Definitely looking forward to that movie now (I thought it was pushed back to next year though). I, strangely, really love end of the world scenarios and when done right they can be both emotional and heart-pounding. I actually liked “The Day After Tomorrow”, although it’s been a while since I saw it. And like Matthew, watching “Independence Day” nowadays is quite a different story to back then.

  • 27 6-19-2009 at 2:02 am

    Nudgoo said...

    This is going to feel awfully dated in 2013.

  • 28 6-19-2009 at 2:18 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    No, by then they’ll release a director’s cut Blu-Ray renaming it 2022.

  • 29 6-19-2009 at 6:31 am

    JDH said...

    The trailer is cool, I’ll give it that, but this is an an Emmerich movie, so the trajectory of the movie looks similar to his past work: thrilling first act, followed by hollow character moments and the second, and wrapping up the stupid plot in the third.

    The government has secret ships? Uh oh. Looks like we’re off to the moon!

  • 30 6-19-2009 at 9:31 am

    Chase Kahn said...

    How can a hack like Roland Emmerich — a spare Sommers-ian fool and ardent follower of the cult of CG-destruction — ellicit such a fervent response from people who should know better?

    I want an imposter to infiltrate the hideout — in which the likes of Bay, Proyas, Sommers and Emmerich are all donning red hoods — and just wipe these assholes out.

  • 31 6-19-2009 at 5:29 pm

    Peter said...

    This has been done a thousdand times before. Excessive CGI. Check.
    Overuse of CGI. Check.
    Lots of CGI. Check.
    More CGI check.
    People running for their lives. Check.
    The government bitching and moaning. Check.

    This looks like more of the same ‘ol crap.

  • 32 6-19-2009 at 10:17 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Chase, pull the stick out of your rear.

  • 33 6-20-2009 at 4:49 pm

    tony rock said...

    Chase, come on now…Proyas? He shouldnt be mentioned in the same sentence as Bay, Summers, and Emmerich. Dark City and The Crow are great. I Robot was enjoyable and Knowing had a ballsy ending. Replace Proyas with Rob Cohen.

  • 34 7-14-2009 at 1:06 pm

    Rahiem Hardy said...

    I think the movie could a real true event about
    that year but now i know. So i think Roland
    Emmerich is a awesome filmmaker. But I would
    love to see that movie this time!