Roland Emmerich’s ‘2012’ is ‘the mother of all disaster films’

July 26, 2009 | 3:45 a.m.
Disaster epic “2012” is directed by Roland Emmerich. Credit: Sony Pictures

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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3 Responses to Roland Emmerich’s ‘2012’ is ‘the mother of all disaster films’

  1. Meekman says:

    I kinda hope he does retire after that one.
    I think he is a very visual director and he has great ideas for a concept, but the stories are all washed out. If he did not write his own material, I think he'd have much better movies.

  2. JohnRJ08 says:

    After "2012", Emmerich's next film has to be "Purusha's Urn".

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