I took Thursday as an escape from normalcy day and went to Great Escape Movies Theater in Moline to watch the new movie 2012! I was not disappointed.
I really like the Moline theater for the most part. The Davenport Showcase Cinemas should feel ashamed and must feel bathroom envy. The GEM parking is adequate though not great. I do think they really need a stoplight located at the their shared intersection with Wal-Mart. Though if I were an advertiser with the location I would be screaming holy hell at the film quality of the pre-movie advertisements. I could barely view some of the paid advertisements. Now on to the show.
The movie 2012 could have spent a great deal of time dealing with ethical questions on how man and government should proceed during times of catastrophic disasters. They didn’t. The science, religion and moralizing is kept to a minimum in this movie. It is a big budget disaster movie along the lines of Independence Day. There is a lot of action in this movie. The movie was a hold in your breakfast rollercoaster moment from start to finish. Leave your thinking cap at home –you do not really need it to enjoy this flick.
John Cusack (my favorite Cusack Movies are America’s Sweethearts and Grosse Pointe Blank) has the lead role and his character eats up most of the screen time as the divorced dad trying to get his ex-wife, played by Amanda Peet, and kids to safety. But the English actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor (he was the assassin/operative in Serenity) and Oliver Platt really have the juiciest parts in the movie. Ejiofor plays a soul-searching scientist fighting with his emotions while trying to save what he can of the World. And Oliver Platt plays a hard-edged politician selling seats on the rescue arks to finance a world wide rescue project for a minimum amount of survivors and whom calmly lies to his elderly mother on the phone, informing her all is right with the world and he will see her next week, at the very moment he is he preparing to abandon her and the majority of the world’s population to the ravages of a natural disaster. Woody Harrelson plays a shaggy-haired pickle-munching doomsday prophet who is transmitting government conspiracy stories from his radio mounted in a recreational vehicle located in Yellowstone Part. Harrelson’s final scene in the movie is memorable. The special effects are awesome. I really enjoyed the movie.