It shouldn't take a group of scientists and one of the most well respected organizations on Earth to explain that Roland Emmerich's 2012 is a dumb movie. Not only is the story at the center absolutely ludicrous, but the film is about 158 minutes of impossible physics. Now NASA has seen it as their duty to call it out.
The Australian reports that NASA has named 2012 "the most absurd science-fiction film." Some might remember that after the movie's release in 2009, the space administration actually set up a website explaining why the whole "Mayan prophecy" thing is bunk. Others films in the conversation that were described as laughably ridiculous were Michael Bay's Armageddon and Roger Spottiswoode's The 6th Day, but neither one holds a candle to Emmerich's, NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission head Donald Yeomans calling it an "exceptional and extraordinary case". On the other side of the coin, the group praised both Blade Runner and Gattaca for being the most realistic in the genre.
I'm not entirely sure of this story's value, considering that I can't imagine there are people on Earth who believe that 2012 is an accurate depiction of scientific events. Then again, the mass populace voted Grown Ups and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse as the best films of 2010 last night at the People's Choice Awards, so perhaps I'm overestimating the national intelligence.
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