Coyoty (coyoty) wrote,

It's the end of the world and I feel fine.

I saw 2012 today, and it wasn't bad for what it was, an opportunity for special effects people to destroy nearly everything. It makes no secret that it's intended to be a roller coaster ride, with things coming at you and just missing. All the disaster movie tropes are there, deliberately and winkingly, including the dog that just makes it to safety. I can't be sure if the shoddy science was deliberate, though. To its credit, the movie doesn't really claim a planetary alignment was responsible, just showed crackpots claiming it. A different sort-of-scientific explanation was used to explain the global catastrophe, and I can live with it. What they don't explain is how technology we take for granted still works after the infrastructure should be destroyed, though given that the governments knew the end was coming and prepared for it, I suppose they calamity-proofed satellite and cellular communications. In the end, I think it was worth the admission.

When I got home and turned on the TV, it was on CNN and the next story was how NASA was having to reassure people that the movie is just a movie and not a documentary of things to come. Nor are there any rogue planets on a collision course for Earth in 2012, or any other of the doomsday scenarios that are working up the Internitwits. I don't think CNN helped much when while the NASA spokesman was telling people there's no reason to panic, they ran the line from the movie, "When they tell you not to panic, that's when you run."
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