I'd like to buy a drink for whoever coined the term disaster porn, which describes the essence of the last half of 2012 director Roland Emmerich's career, and I'd like to buy two drinks for the folks at White Colours Studios, who took the recent five-minute clip from Sony's 2012 "roadblock" promo stunt and edited it down to a lean one minute and twenty-six seconds showcasing precisely what everyone wants to see from a disaster porn movie about the destruction of Earth and everyone on it: the acting. That's right, gone are all those pesky explosions, falling buildings, crashing cars, diving planes, and sinking Californias. All that's left in the clip below are the reaction shots of the film's corporeal stars, in this particular case Amanda Peet and John Cusack.
Not only is the clip the most amusing bit of fan-editing I've seen since Shia LaBeouf's "No-no-no-no" montage, it's actually an interesting little experiment that distills precisely how much substance there is to big-budget disaster films (and by substance I mean yelling). If Sony's 5-minute promo is indicative of the rest of the movie, and I have no reason to believe it isn't, 2012 consists of about 20% acting, 80% disaster porn, which is honestly a higher proportion of things going boom and then falling into the ocean than I expected.
Kind of gets me hoping that the creative minds behind this clip will one day edit out all of the CGI mayhem from Emmerich's forthcoming disaster porn so we can see just how much acting is actually at play. Not only would it be hilarious, but I'm willing to bet that with talents like Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, and Oliver Platt padding the run time along with the aforementioned Cusack and Peet, the actor's version of 2012 might end up being just as enjoyable as the effects-driven, feature-length version. At the very least it'll probably still make about as much sense, even with 80% of the movie missing.
Thanks to IFC's The Independent Eye for the find.