From November 2009 we will be able to see the 2012 movie on the big screen. It is directed by Roland Emmerich, who also is responsible for several blockbusters: 10,000 BC, The Day After Tomorrow, The Patriot, Godzilla, Independence Day and Stargate. Thus, Emmerich has a tendency for promoting pure fiction, distortion of scientific knowledge, and plenty of visual effects rather than an interesting story. Like his other productions this movie is all about the visual and showing the muscles.
My discussion of this movie will come in at least two parts. The first one is given here and is solely based on the trailers that are available. The second will be given once I have seen the movie. That review will be more coherent, comprehensive and hopefully I have filled the blog with more information on the catastrophic scenarios the movie is all about. What we see is the blowing up of the Yellowstone volcano, huge tsunamis flooding a Tibetan monastery in Himalaya, earthquakes, etc. We are told that “science has confirmed it” (and by it is meant the end of the world as we know it). I do not know if Emmerich feeds the conspiracy theorists who says that the government and scientists let us live in ignorance of the impending disaster. Yes, scientists know what will happen, they will just not tell us. If they say that nothing will happen, they are lying (a classic conspiracy argument you cannot argue against).
There are plenty of trailers available and they usually begin with some reference to the Maya calendar and a proposed end of time. This seems mainly to be an excuse for filling the rest of the trailers with Biblical references: such as the building of ships for the survival of mankind and other animals. We are told that “the Mayans knew it, the Bible knew it…” Of course, everything must be referred to that book of fairytales. The overall impression is that Emmerich grounds his “knowledge” of the 2012 date on pseudoscience and new age literature. I do not believe he has looked up any serious research. In this case, Mel Gibson did at least a better job since he recruited Richard Hansen as a consultant for Apocalypto.
Anyway, in the trailer below we learn that “Mankind’s earliest civilization warned us this day would come”. Anyone familiar with this blog or my articles will know that I am all against the concept of civilization and Maya culture. Even so, if one follows the old culture-historical school of archaeology, the Maya civilization is not by far the earliest civilization. Maybe Emmerich refers to a preceding Atlantean civilization (that probably disappeared when the calendar began in 3114 BC)? I do not know yet but it would not surprise me.
A reporter reports on a mass suicide at Tikal which somehow is related to the end of time according to the “Mayan calendar.” It seems to be impossible for the 2012 people to understand that there is no end of time at this date. All that happens is that the calendar goes from one baktun (a 394 years long period) to another baktun. Since there are recorded dates in the next Piktun at Palenque, we know for sure that the calendar runs at least to AD 4772. There is no recorded end date whatsoever. It is not likely that the ancient Maya thought time itself would end. In a future post I will discuss why the way Maya represented time on their monuments (stacking increasingly larger time periods on top of each others) contradicts the way the Maya’s concept of time is represented in contemporary literature. In this literature, time is cyclical, but that is not the whole story. However, as mentioned in an earlier post, the 2012 hoaxers tend to make use of the round Aztec calendar stone in representing the Maya long count. As you can see in the beginning of the trailer below, this is exactly what is being done (although the trailer does not even show a correct Aztec calendar stone).
At the end of the first trailer we hear that we should find out the truth. Just wait and see is my suggestion. Nothing of this will happen. Perhaps a mass suicide will take place somewhere in the world by people believing one of these prophets of nonsense. But it will have nothing to do with what the ancient Maya believed.