Dara O’Briain reviews the film 2012


I have not seen this film or even heard about it but after watching this hilarious review of it by the comedian, I don’t think I need to. Like most natural disaster films, there is an attempt to give a scientific explanation for the catastrophe but O’Briain says that this ludicrously over-the-top apocalyptic film offered one that was so utterly outlandish that he used it to insert a useful lesson about neutrinos.

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  1. blf says

    Never heard of this film either. According to Ye Pffft!! of All Knowledge, “It was a commercial success and one of 2009’s highest-grossing films.” And, “Fingerprints of the Gods was listed in 2012’s credits as the film’s inspiration”:

    Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth’s Lost Civilization is a 1995 pseudoarcheology book by Graham Hancock, […] contending that some enigmatic, ancient but highly advanced civilization had existed in prehistory, one which served as the common progenitor civilisation to all subsequent known ancient historical ones. The author proposes that sometime around the end of the last Ice Age this civilisation ended in cataclysm, but passed on to its inheritors profound knowledge of such things as astronomy, architecture, and mathematics.

    Hancock’s theory [sic] is based on the idea that mainstream interpretations of archaeological evidence are flawed or incomplete.

    The book was followed by Magicians of the Gods, which became a New York Times best-seller.

    Oh for feck’s sake!

  2. Rob Grigjanis says

    Aw, it was so close to being a cool bit until “They [neutrinos] can’t just change”. But they do, constantly.

    /pedantry

  3. mnb0 says

    Summary: one and a half hour (or two, I can’t remember) of near escapes, the next one Always more ridiculous than the previous one. Hence it kinda works as a spoof.