With a budget large enough to erase the debt of a small country, Roland Emmerich elaborately indulges in his strange obsession with global destruction in 2012. Emmerich’s is one of many Hollywood apocalyptic movies to reference the significance of this not too distant date, imagining the complete obliteration of planet earth on a grand scale as predicted by the Mayan Long Count calendar. John Cusack plays a struggling writer heading up an unlikely group of survivors as a series of natural disasters devastate the world. It’s hardly an original undertaking for the director that brought us Independence Day and the strangely similar Day After Tomorrow. 2012 has so far inspired mixed critical responses but will no doubt have endless appeal for big-budget disaster movie aficionados like Emmerich himself, enough to hopefully justify its extravagant expenditure (in excess of 230 million) and unnaturally long running time.