FILM FANS: Special effects in '2012' satisfy Film Fans

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Three stars out of four

I went into "2012" with low expectations. I knew the special effects would be good, but I figured the story would be cheesy and the acting would be bad. I was pleasantly surprised. The story was a little ridiculous, the science was far from realistic and the main characters were some of the luckiest people I have ever met, but what do you expect from a disaster movie? The story wasn't so far-fetched you couldn't enjoy the movie. The end of the world scenes were incredible, especially the destruction of Yellowstone National Park. If you like disaster movies and incredible special effects, then don't miss this movie.

— Laurel Grams, Lawrenceville

Two and a half stars out of four

As is often the case with disaster movies, the special effects are spectacular and the plot somewhat flimsy — this holds true for "2012." There is not too much in the way of originality as far as the plot goes, but the special effects are of astounding proportions. I did not see this movie with hopes of a great script or even great acting but purely for the special effects, which, as expected, were jaw-droppingly exaggerated, but in a good way. After all, there should be some drama to the end of civilization! The story has a consistent flow and the special effects are blended in nicely to allow for this 21/2-hour film to seem much shorter.

— Francine Benoit, Lawrenceville

Four stars out of four

This movie is full of action from start to finish and it is a true eye opener. It left you thinking, "What if the Mayans are correct and the world could end in 2012?" "What would be the best course of action to save humanity and guarantee the continuation of all living species?" In the movie, the U.S. president said they should have held lotteries to give more regular people a chance to be saved.

— Gail Nunez-Blackshear, Lawrenceville