It might seem as if Roland Emmerich's movies are just about filling the frame with as much destructive spectacle as possible, but a closer examination of his resume paints a decidedly different portrait. Dismissed by some as merely the hackneyed purveyor of lowbrow "disaster porn," Emmerich is in truth a filmmaker with a profound social conscience, a visionary artist who uses movies as a tool to raise public awareness on the pressing issues of our time.
The Day After Tomorrow envisioned the frightening effects of an instantaneous, global warming-fueled ice age. 10,000 B.C. shed light on the priceless contributions woolly mammoths made to the construction of the pyramids. Godzilla confronted us with the very real possibility of gargantuan, mutant lizards created by fallout from nuclear testing. Just because these movies are almost universally mocked by “respected scholars” and other so-called “mainstream scientists” doesn’t make them any less relevant.
Emmerich’s latest film, 2012, might be his most important yet. But don’t believe us. Listen to John Major Jenkins, Daniel Pinchbeck and Lawrence Joseph, three experts on the subject of 2012 and the terrifying scenario that could await mankind in that fateful year:
2012 opens Friday, November 13, 2009.