"Two tickets for 2013," I told the cashier. Mrs. Film Geek snorted.
"What?" I asked. I figured this was my one shot at some fun for the next two-and-a-half hours, considering I expected 2012 to be mostly Lloyd Dobler-meets-Twister-meets-Titanic.
"Isn't that the name of the movie?"
Mrs. Film Geek looked away, embarrassed. The cashier gave me change and pretended she didn't hear me. I thought it was funny.
2012 is very much a combination of disaster movies and John Cusack roles. He's a bit of s shlub, but finds redemption in the love of his ex-wife and family.
(While, of course, he high-tails it to China, dodging lava-blobs and falling buildings and man-made landmarks along the way.)
The effects are amazing, even if they are predictable and cliche. The politics involved in how people are chosen to be saved from catastrophe make for an interesting debate. In the end, though, Cusack overcomes unbelievable odds to save his family and win back his ex-wife.
Lloyd Dobler would be proud.