Did 2012 Make Me Sick?

November 20, 2009 at 2:29 pm

The Athletic Nerd Movie Reviews

The short answer?  No.  I thought the movie was pretty entertaining.

In reality, 2012 made history for me.  It was the first time I felt like I was going to be sick and had to LEAVE the theater.  6 days later, I’m still feeling the effects that began that night.  However, the fever and dizzy spells are gone and I’m finally able to get back to being productive.

2012 was almost exactly what I expected.


I knew it was going to be full of giant action sequences filled with destruction and mayhem.  In that respect, the flick didn’t disappoint.  I don’t think this movie will win the Oscar for VFX but it definitely deserves to be nominated.  The destruction looks incredible.  I did have a complaint though.  There are way too many close calls in planes.  We’ve all seen these moments in films.  The plane is about to be engulfed in flames or runs off a cliff and disappears.  Did it make it?  Will it fly?  Of course it does.  This happens 4 separate times in 2012.  3 too many for me.  Just once I’d like to have a plane go off a cliff and disappear.  We would hold on the empty shot and just when you think the plane will return, tilt down and see the flaming wreckage below.  Nice.

What I didn’t expect from the film was the direction it took after the destruction had begun.  There are a lot of really cool science fiction ideas in this story.  Humanity’s fate is actually a pretty realistic one and I’m happy it was believable. (Within the context of the movie of course.)

I’m a big fan of VFX documentaries on DVDs.  This is one I will buy the second it comes out to see how they destroyed the world.  It’s pretty amazing and I’m happy I saw it on the big screen…  Even if I had to leave briefly.

PS: It’s a scary thought thinking you might be sick in front of hundreds of people.  It didn’t happen but the odds didn’t favor me.

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