Superheroes are all about saving their cities. Superman‘s got Metropolis to look after. Batman has Gotham City.
Roland Emmerich, on the other hand, destroys densely populated areas for a living. He wrecked Washington in “Independence Day.” He flooded New York City into a watery grave in “The Day After Tomorrow.” Now, the German director is busy laying waste to the entire planet in “2012.”
It’s a big job. And Emmerich, a detail-oriented director, is the man to do it. The film from Sony stars John Cusack and Woody Harrelson.
Sony didn’t trot out the actors to promote the film at Comic-Con International alongside Emmerich. It didn’t have to. The real star is Earth. Emmerich shows the planet shrugging off entire neighborhoods the way a dog shakes off water.
“I think of it as the mother of all disaster films,” Emmerich said. “After this one, I can really retire.”
Oh, but wait. What about the universe?
— Alex Pham
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