Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. Personally, I think chocolate pudding will somehow come into play. A new teaser for 2012 suggests it may also involve giant walls of water.
You’ve probably already guessed, but yes, this is the new Roland Emmerich movie. The visionary behind attractive yet vapid films like Independence Day and 10,000 B.C. is once again planning to destroy mankind. The film takes it’s cue from the handful of people who believe the world will end in 2012, and they in turn get their belief from the “fact” that the Mayan calendar apparently ends on December 21, 2012. Natural disasters including earthquakes, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions hack and slash away at life on Earth until only John Cusack, Amanda Peet, and a few thousand others are left alive. (Why it’s not called A Couple More Days After Tomorrow I don’t know.)
The Mayan calendar’s end, or more precisely, the completion of the thirteenth B’ak’tun cycle in the Long Count of the calendar, has been the inspiration for multiple “end of the world” scenarios. From the alien invasion spoken of in The X-Files to the apocalypse predicted in The Bible Code, the date carries significant relevance for the doom and gloom crowd. Before this of course, the hot date that signified the end of the world was the millennium change on 1/1/00 (although technically the new millennium started on 1/1/01, but that wasn’t as catchy…)
Roland Emmerich’s 2012 opens July 10th, 2009. You can also see the new trailer in High Definition over at AOL Moviefone.
What do you think of 2012? Did you ever think the term “wet monk” would mean anything aside from the sexual act?