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Just in time for the Christmas holidays…

…what may be the most spectacularly depressing movie of all time!


Roland Emmerich — who obliterated much of the world in “Independence Day,” and then went back to do it again with “The Day After Tomorrow” — turns his dark imagination toward the End of Days and post-9/11 angst with something called “2012.” The trailer, below, is a stunner. But does anyone really want to spend two hours with this?

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posted June 30, 2009 at 9:44 am

If I make it through my years of formation I am to be ordained in Nov/Dec 2012. That will give me less than a month of active ministry. THAT STINKS!!

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posted June 30, 2009 at 9:45 am

Two comments:1. Cool that someone's flying around in a Cessna 310 trying to prevent the Apocalypse.2. Even in this secular movie, even in the article from the woman in the NY Times people have to point to the Catholic Church. We don't see any reference to a mega-church being destroyed but rathter the image of the Vatican coming down at the end. Love it or hate it, even in the secular world, this Church we have is seen as something big and timeless. God's grace?

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Valerie Means

posted June 30, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I think "Day after Tomorrow" had some great features.1. The trust between father and son2. Doctor stays with the hospitalized child after most others have been transported.3. There is hope even in the face of disaster.

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posted June 30, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Of course there is the enormous symbolism of the crack forming between the fingers of God and Adam in the dome of the Sistine Chapel.I'm sure that speaks to the experience of many who feel as though they are suffering their own personal Armageddon.And yes, I think people will pay ridiculous amounts of money to see this film. Doomsday stuff is a big seller. Sadly, they won't invest two hours in pondering the staggering grace of the Incarnation."nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth…"

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posted June 30, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Deacon Greg -Sorry – much too intense for me -my favorite movie was "On Golden Pond."brian

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posted July 1, 2009 at 1:11 pm

John Cusack is in it so I'll probably watch it as I like him as an actor. I think movies like this ask ourselves "what if" questions. Like "what if the Avian Flu hit the US? As Catholics where would we be called to be? Running away or cleaning out bedpans at the local hospital?"

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