A Tidal Wave Primer from 2012
Posted 10.07.09 by reelz
Nearly all of the scenes from 2012 that have been teased so far have been way over the top, few more so than the iconic image of waves washing over the Himalayas. Now a new featurette goes behind the scenes with director Roland Emmerich and the visual effects team, not so much to explain how they made the waves, but to giddily recount what an exciting challenge it was creating something so unbelievably huge. Everyone involved really does seem to be having an awful lot of fun destroying the world. Along the way, we get some interesting new snippets from the movie, including a glimpse of what a worldwide chain of tsunamis might look like on a global weather monitor.
Despite the big-name actors — John Cusack, Woody Harrelson — involved in 2012, clearly most of the energy going into the movie is all about the visual effects. And really, what else would you expect from the director who gave us the Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day?
Just in case you have any lingering doubts, check out the "actors version" of the extended disaster sequence released the other day. It edits out all of those distracting special effects, so you can concentrate on the plot and the dialogue. Still, it does look like this movie is going to be a pretty entertaining roller-coaster ride.