Roland Emmerich had a minor run of hits back in the 90’s with Universal Solider, Stargate and Independence Day. Then he inflicted Godzilla upon us, followed by tonally confused The Patriot, then the fun but vapid The Day After Tomorrow and then most recently the horrifically unentertaining 10,000 B.C.
So its fair to say that there’s been something of a sliding scale in quality since the turn of the millennium. So that bodes well for his new film 2012:
With the Mayan calender ending in 2012, a large group of people face natural disasters like volcanoes, typhoons, and glaciers.
Set for release July 10th 2009, it certainly seems like the kind of thing he’s done already. But repeating oneself, or someone else, doesn’t pose itself as an issue for Mister Emmerich, as his 2010 film, the remake of Fantastic Voyage, more or less proves. But its not just the stuff that he directs that seems intent on driving the future of entertaining, popcorn chomping cinema into the muck. No no, he can hit the theatrical self-destruct button from the producer’s chair aswell, providing some much needed money for Summer 2009 release Isobar:
Set in 2097, the only means of transport between the world’s last two cities, New Los Angeles and New Tokyo, the giant underground train ISOBAR, is about to be taken hostage by a terrorist cell who wants the world’s last 1,000 living people to pay for the damage they have inflicted upon the now inhospitable Earth.
You can’t make this shit up. Well, you can, but you shouldn’t.