Many esoteric sources interpret the completion of the thirteenth b’ak’tun cycle in the Long Count of the Maya calendar to mean there will be a major change in world order. Those with New Age believes, 2012 is also the year of spiritual transformation and apocalypse. There is disagreement among believers whether 2012 will see an end of civilization, or humanity will be elevated to a higher level. We like to believe one could happen parallel to the other. This last theory is a of course a guaranteed ingredient for a blockbuster disaster movie, which, if everything should happen as we are supposed to believe it will, will be the disaster movie to end all disaster movies.
2012.It will be a year like many others. The European Football Championship will be played in Poland and Ukraine, while at the same time the world is eagerly turning their eyes towards London, where only one month later the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as Games of the XXX Olympiad, ill kick off. Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee and several countries will have presidential elections. The annular solar eclipse will run a path of totality through the Pacific Ocean from Northern China to California and we will be able to witness the second and last solar transit of Venus of the century. 2012 is also the year in which 433 Eros, the second largest near Earth asteroid will pass Earth at the distance of only 26,778,019km.
In 2009 an increased amount of solar storms are the first sign that something is about to change in the near future (which is a good thing since the lack of solar storms at this very moment is a major concern for real time NASA). From here on, many mysterious events will take place, leading us slowly but surely towards the year of disaster: 2012. When people live their lives, unaware of the major disaster that is going to hit them, the leaders of the world are secretly planning their escape: they, along with the select wealthy elite from across the globe, will board specially built ships that can weather nature’s wrath. Everyone else will be left to perish and the people from the ships will be left to rebuild civilization and repopulate the planet, as if it was a modern day version of the Old Testament’s Arc of Noah.
Regardless of the predictable story and happy end – which by itself is surprising taking into account the vast majority of earth’s population is about to be wiped out – the film 2012 promises to entertain us with spectacular special effects. Whether the film is an answer or valid addition to the discussion about what really might be happening in 2012 remains to be seen. But does it really matter? Because by the time we might be able to make a comparison, there might be nothing left to compare to.
2012, directed by Roland Emmerich and starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oliver Platt, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson among others, will premier on July 10, 2009. –B-