Just in case you didn’t know, Roland Emmerich’s 2012 wasn’t the best of movies.
Actually, from a science perspective, it sucked.
It sucked in so many ways that I can’t be bothered to list why it sucked (so have a read of my Discovery News review instead).
Now, I’m happy to announce that NASA agrees with me. They think 2012 sucked so much, they’ve branded it the most “scientifically flawed of its genre.”
Donald Yeomans, head of NASA’s Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission, agrees with what I’ve been saying all along (especially since all that “Institute for Human Continuity” bullshit hit the internet). He said at the Pasadena Jet Propulsion Laboratory meeting:
“The film makers took advantage of public worries about the so-called end of the world as apparently predicted by the Mayans of Central America, whose calendar ends on December 21, 2012. [NASA] is getting so many questions from people terrified that the world is going to end in 2012 that we have had to put up a special website to challenge the myths. We have never had to do this before.”
Even though NASA agreed that Bruce Willis’ Armageddon was bad, it couldn’t compete with the scientific atrocities 2012 inflicted on its audience. The killer neutrinos, planetary alignment, crustal shift, geomagnetic reversal and super-duper-massive tsunamis proved too much. 2012 has even toppled The Core as worst sci-fi science movie. Now that is impressive.
But what does it all mean? Apart from us science snobs having a chuckle on our blogs, I doubt it will make the blind bit of difference. Why? This is why:
“On the opening weekend of 2012, the movie pulled in 65 million in U.S. ticket sales and an additional $160 million internationally, easily covering the $200+ million budget.
Movies aren’t about scientific accuracy, and it would seem that the hype behind 2012 can stand alone as the biggest moneymaker of all.
Fear sells, science doesn’t. The subject of doomsday will always be a blockbuster. Unfortunately, through the miscommunication of science, fear is usually the end-product.”
Oh well, you can’t win ’em all. Now, have a laugh:
Thanks to @mars_stu and @RogerHighfield for the inspiration.
EDIT: An earlier version of this blog post stated that the Science and Entertainment Exchange was involved with NASA’s decision to make 2012 “most scientifically flawed” movie in its list. I have received an email from the Exchange’s director that this is not the case. I have therefore edited any mention of the Exchange from the blog (even though my source, the Adelaide Now, still references the Exchange).
17 thoughts on “It’s Official: “2012” Sucked”
Thats a shame, I was looking forward to seeing it!
Me and my family saw this, my mum and dad found it enthrilling and interesting to watch. However, I was sitting there pointing out all the things that are totally un-realistic, and even its “The end of the world”, more than half of that stuff would probably not happen, so, its very unrealistic. And I found (as a viewer) that the movie dragged on a bit.
So frankly, I didn’t thoroughly enjoy this movie either.
I have watched the movie. Funny, it actually took away my fear for 2012.
“2012”, the movie, is supposed to awaken the people from their deep sleep of destructing the world. Unfortunately, it didn’t.
The mvie sucked, so over the top. however, something is amiss with our planet. Increased vovlanic & earthquake avctivity worldwide, birds falling out of the sky, & freak weather world wide. Something is affecting this planet in or outside our solar system. In addition, the magnetic poles are shifting, and we are expecting a mass coronal ejection in 2012, coincidence?. Lastly, there is ample evidence that a global freeze happened soome 3600 years ago, & you have biblical & other myths from all over the world telling of a global flood some 3600 years ago.
I thought the film was quite good.
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I completely agree, this movie was disappointing.
Yeah….but it was still a good movie 🙂
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regardless of its content, i love the special effect on this movie 🙂