November 16, 2009 4:26:38 PM IST Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
It indeed is one of the apparent paradoxes that the notion of the end of world is a big obsession in the films that are made in Hollywood. Same kind of obsession with the end of the world is not to be seen in any other cinematic oeuvre, but Hollywood continues to revisit the theme on a regular basis. 2012 is another addition to this fascination.
2012 has a historical significance as this year marks the end of the civilization as per the Maya civilization and as the world would come to an end only select few would survive who will sow the seeds for a fresh civilization that would blossom from the destruction of the present civilization.
As a matter of fact this obsession with the end of the world, if one were to place it in the context, could be an attempt on the part of the Hollywood to cover up for the lack of antiquity of history that they do not have. As there is no rich source to refer from the past, therefore end of the world is an option which can be visualized through the cinematic oeuvre and it could also be a pointer to the cinematic superiority and the technical finesse that Hollywood has attained in its cinematic oeuvre per se and USA in general.
The tools that would end the world may be different but the message is the same that is only the brave soldiers from the US soil who would save the world. It all had started in a big way with TERMINATOR series where the events were constructed in such a manner that the world was bombarded by nuclear bombs while only the bunker was left in which a boy and a girl would sow the seeds for a new civilization.
INDEPENDENCE DAY was another such movie that was made in this genre and the JURASSIC PARK series also underline the same theme, the only difference being that here the creatures from the past return to seek avenge, and the savior can only be a US scientist.
Rolland Emmerich specializes in films of such kind and his last successful film of the same theme was released in 2004, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW. He has become specialist of the doomsday movies manifest from the fact that the investments of more than $260 million that he made in 2012 was recouped within 3 days of its release.
It is indeed a salivating figure and if the input costs were recouped within three days, then no producer or director would be worried about piracy. The moot point is that the content should have novelty, and the patrons would surely return to see the film. May be, our film makers need to take note of this and start striving for diversified content.