Nobody knows what to expect from director Roland Emmerich. Independence Day is disaster movie gold, but he follows that up with the unintentionally laughable Godzilla. Emmerich redeems himself with The Patriot but goes on a downward spiral with The Day After Tomorrow and 10,000 BC. Everyone wants to know; can Emmerich return to his glory days with 2012? Sadly, after watching this clip posted on MTV, I don’t have high hopes.

According to the ancient Mayan calendar, the world will end on December 21, 2012, but not if John Cusack has anything to do with it. In this clip, Cusack’s character, Jackson Curtis, must do whatever it takes to keep his family and friends alive as their plane goes down.

Someone must have forgotten to tell Emmerich that special effects don’t make up for poor dialogue. To make matters worse, these special effects don’t look so special. Lastly, doesn’t the pilot sound exactly like Peter Stormare’s Lev Andropov in Armageddon?

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