Now in order for this review to make sense, it would be wise for the troper to first see this video: http://vimeo.com/5463875
If you were expecting a serious movie with ethical and moral debates against a backdrop of doom, then shame on you; Independence Day
and The Day After Tomorrow
should have been enough of a hint on the kind of material Roland Emmerich rolls out. However, in this case, Mr. Emmerich seems to have become self aware
and this time set out to make the most entertaining disaster porn ever.
Now I am definitely not saying that millions of people dying is funny. What I am saying is that by setting your willing suspension of disbelief
to 11, you allow Emmerich to crank up the obviousness of the tropes to the point of comedy: you just know
what's going to happen during the scene, and when the beat
arrives, you know DISASTER is not far behind. And when disaster strikes, every single slow motion take is lovingly composed with the kind of destruction no serious movie can show without looking ridiculous and insensitive. Plus it's rapid fire comedy
, so every scene is stacked with gags, jokes, narm
, and tropes up the wazoo and highlighted with clever camera angles and careful sound mixing.
The dialogue is bland and predictable, the plot is flimsy and predictable, and the plot holes are bigger than the chasms that people keep falling into (cue Wilhelm Scream
). But once again, it's just a skeleton on which the meat of the action—the destruction that is—can shine in all it's glory.
If James Cameron is the master of building entire universes, then Roland Emmerich must be the master at destroying universes. If they ever meet, they might just cancel each other out of existence.
I plead with you, go see this movie
. It is so bad it's good, and the sheer magnitude and proliferation of disaster will certainly make up for what the movie lacks.