Friday, October 2, 2009

2012 Sneak Peek

Last night, Sony premiered a two minute clip of 2012 on over 450 media outlets, reaching an estimated 90% of the viewing public.

And, I am devastated to say, I was not one of them. I had to watch it on the internet today like some TV pariah, because my cable box and my television are not on speaking terms at the moment.

Watching it today, however, was nearly everything I could have hoped for. 2012 is going to be amazing. Why?

Because this teaser clip features an Emmerich hallmark: the guy improbably outrunning a force of nature that is of questionable scientific validity.

Think back, if you will, to the year 2004, back when we thought the world was going to end because of global warming (how naive we were, failing to recognize it's actually because of the Mayan calendar). Jake Gyllenhaal and Emmy Rossum have just sought shelter from a giant wave in the New York Public Library. They're safe from the water that has flooded Manhattan, but not from the super cold wind that's going to freeze them like the mammoths!

That's right. The next obstacle after giant fucking wave is a bit of a draft.

So they're fleeing in terror from this cold air that can instantly freeze a mastodon, and it is literally nipping at Jake's heels as the cold air sucks the water vapor out of the air. And yet, he's able to not only outrun it, but apparently thwart it with a wooden door and a fireplace.

So, you may ask, how is it that he's not frozen alive by a blast of air so cold that it is, again I repeat, freezing the water vapor out of the air instantly?

He's in front of it.


And so, we see this theme again in 2012. Now, I'm not a geologist, but I love the science. And I'm pretty sure I've never once read about how you can drive a limo faster than an earthquake wave. If there is a limo that does go fast enough, I want one.

On the whole, the trailer did not disappoint. You've got the paranoid husband, the skeptical wife who has custody of the adorably precocious children, totally absurd levels of destruction, and of course, California sinking into the ocean.

I don't think I've been this excited to see California destroyed by an earthquake since the NBC miniseries 10.5: Apocalypse (the thrilling sequel to 10.5).