Entertainment behind the scenes
Director Roland Emmerich blew up the White House in “Independence Day” and froze New York City in “The Day After Tomorrow,” so you’d think the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security would be watching out for him. But in his latest effort, disaster movie “2012,” he destroyed the entire world!
And global box offices with it. The movie raked in a whopping $225 million at global box offices with its debut this past weekend. (Read about that here.)
It proved to be the perfect “popcorn movie,” as they say in Hollywood. It’s just pure fun; not much to think about. Emmerich destroys cities and countrysides with earthquakes, explosions and floods. Leading man John Cusack is able to escape one of these natural disasters JUST in the nick of time with his family — all unharmed. Sheesh!! But the thing is — and what’s good about good popcorn flicks — is that while Cusack’s denying all the laws of physics, we think you’d be saying, “Oh, that could never happen,” but instead you’re saying “Come on, John. Go!! Go!! You can make it!!!.
Woody Harrelson provides some comic relief and Amanda Peet offers up a subplot about family and love and all that other touchy, feely stuff. But if you’re going to “2012″ for the plot … well, we think it’s better to focus on the special effects. In the screening we were at over the weekend, audiences liked the movie, alot. It seemed like they had fun and they left smiling. Click below to see what fans had to say. And then, if you think about it, how would you live differently if you only had about two more years?
In the past two years, a lot has been written in the media — including by Reuters – that movies about modern war simply haven’t worked at box offices while real world battles rage in Iraq and Afghanistan. Audiences, the experts say, don’t want to escape to a movie theater and be confronted by images they see almost daily on TV news and in newspapers.
But along comes John Cusack in “War, Inc.,” which according to its studio backers has been winning fans and building ticket sales with a satirical tale of a country, Turaqistan, occupied by a private U.S. company run by a former U.S. vice president who hires a hit man (Cusack) to kill an oil minister.