Three Laughable New Posters For Roland Emmerich's 2012

Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: News In Film

This past weekend Sony released three brand-new posters for Roland Emmerich's CGI laden disaster film, "2012". Upon first look, these posters look pretty cool. In fact they remind me of the posters for the great disaster films of the 1970s. Everything seems fine with these posters, until you take a close look, and think about the scenes depicted in them. If you are anal, like me, then they actually become funny, due to the fo-pas in each of them.

First off, lets take a look at the poster of the ocean, and the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy, crashing down on the White House.

Of course, the first thing that sticks out is Emmerich's signature 'destroying the White House' attention-getter/shock-and-aw imagery that he used in "Independence Day". However, on closer inspection anyone who is familiar with DC would recognize that the ocean is coming from the wrong direction and that the Washington Monument is in the wrong place.

I also like the fighter plane that is defying gravity on the deck of the carrier.

The second one shows the ocean knocking down the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Again this image is supposed to invoke a emotional response, but religious affiliations aside, isn't the fact that Jesus is about to crush a bunch of people a little on the side of bad taste?

Oh, and check out the size of the statue, it's gigantic. I went and checked, the real Christ the Redeemer statue is 120ft tall, which is really big, but from the pictures I've seen, it's only about 1/3 of the size of what's seen here.

And I should also mention that the ocean is coming from the wrong direction again.

This brings us to our last poster, which shows a huge earthquake created chasm winding it's way through downtown Los Angeles.

Don't you find it odd that a quake that was strong enough to create a canyon wasn't strong enough to knock down any buildings? I mean, sure there's a big hole in the ground, but all the surrounding structures seem to be intact.

Being a native Californian, I want to point out that during an earthquake the ground doesn't open up like it did in "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" or a Hanna-Barbera cartoon. For something like this to occur, the quake would have to be like a 50.0, and I doubt any skyscrapers would survive that.

Most movie-goers already know that director Roland Emmerich isn't one to worry the details. I fondly remember the scene in "Godzilla" where reporter Audrey Timmonds (played by Maria Pitillo) screams at a fellow reporter on TV, "He said Gojeera, you idiot." A mistaken pronunciation of the Japanese spelling of Godzilla, which is Gojira.It's still pronounced "Godzilla" by the way and don't get me started with "The Day After Tomorrow", nothing in that movie made a bit of sense.

I know this is all me being anal, and they are three cool looking posters, but it's fun sometimes to point out stuff like this.

See Also: Roland Emmerich Proud Of Godzilla, Not Making Sequel / 2008 Sneak Preview - 10,000 B.C.


  1. This post is hilarious, Ken! I will NEVER be able to look at these posters now without remembering what you pointed out about them! :-D

  2. Thanks! I'm glad that you could share in the humor.

    I just thought of something else. If the ocean rose enough to reach the top of a mountain in Rio de Janeiro, then why didn't a sea level Los Angeles get flooded?

  3. Brilliant stuff. Hollywood Advertising FTF


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