2012 (PG-13)

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by GARY COGILL / WFAA-TV

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Posted on November 13, 2009 at 8:58 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 22 at 6:32 PM

Run for the theater exit! "2012" might be the worst disaster movie ever made.

This too-long dumb-fest stars John Cusack as a fast-driving divorced dad on the verge of falling into a crevice. You mean you haven't heard? The 5,000 year old Mayan calendar ends in 2012, predicting the end of the world, and wouldn't you know it, Hollywood decided to make this movie as a public service.

Bad disaster movies almost always feature big stars, and "2012" dragged out Danny Glover as the president, Chiwetel Ejiofor as a worried scientist, and Woody Harrelson as a nutty end times radio host in Yellowstone trying to warn the planet.

This isn't acting; it's running for your life.

"2012" is written and directed with a fire hose by Roland Emmerich. He directed "The Day After Tomorrow" and the dreadful "10,000 B.C." His latest is howlingly funny for all the wrong reasons.

Yes, some of the effects are fun, but not at the expense of a billion bodies.

"2012" also runs a lengthy two-and-a-half hours, but feels like 10. The nonsense meter on this film is off the chart.

E-mail gcogill@wfaa.com

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