I went and saw this because I secretly like to watch big things get destroyed. From the previews it looked like we'd get a lot of it, and we did, but for my money Cloverfield was more fun.
I knew this movie was going to have the standard Hollywood family stories intermixed, but they really put the cheese on thick on this one. The little dog scene at the end was a bit much on any front. Usually when a movie has John Cusak in it, I figure some bigger names turned down the script first. He was fine though, it was the storyline that had problems. Woody Harrelson's character was enjoyable as well.
You know what you are getting into if you go and see this, but you aren't going to come away with anything really memorable.
Saw it. It wasn't quite as terrible as The Day After Tomorrow, which disappointed me a little. Stuff blew up and impossible things happened and most of the special effects looked okay and I enjoyed my popcorn and I got exactly what I expected out of this movie. Wouldn't go see it again, won't buy it, but have no real complaints.
Oh, except one:
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You can make it look like California is really sliding into the ocean, but you can't find a Schwarzenegger impersonator who actually looks the part?
The effects were top notch but the plot and certain plot points really made this a fucked up movie.
Danny Glover playing what has to be (timeline wise...) the first black American President and under his watch... the world as we know it ends, is pretty fucked up as it is, but they really mess some shit up here.
John F Kennedy is commonly known as the first president to try to bring about a major change with trying to do away with 'separate but equal'. JFK was the president that I think could have made huge strides in Civil Rights for all people in this country... and to have the one US Aircraft carrier with his namesake be what kills our first African American President... well, that is totally fucked up.
And then, at the end, where we find out that Africa was virtually untouched by the destruction and all the white people are headed there to essentially take over and rebuild the world... again, that shit is fucked up.
I saw this wit a black friend of mine and upon leaving the theater, he told me that "...the effects were pretty damn cool, but what was up with all the hate on black people?"
See it once for the effects, but try to ignore the story.
Ed Asner as Ed Wuncler Sr. makes it hard to appreciate him as Uncle Ben but thanks for the tip about the show. I've been looking for a version to show the rugrat that was more accurate to the Spiderman of my era.