It was on the day when Pacquiao grabbed a title from Cotto when my dad and I watched the movie 2012 which is a science fiction movie of what might cause the eradication of most of the living beings on earth on the day when the Mayan calendar is supposed to have predicted the end of the world, or the beginning of a new era. The film, in general, was great. The good humor of the director and the scriptwriter were put to good use as comic reliefs ease the building tension in the movie. The computer graphics (CG) in the movie were superb, making every scene believable. Most of all, it was able to provide us with good themes which I have discussed briefly in my HubPages (http://hubpages.com/hub/Movie-2012-Review).
One of the themes in the movie is that on being human. The movie provides us an insight on what a human being is, not through anatomical or physical differences with other species, but through the deeds, actions, mentality and emotions that distinguish humans from other biological species. Because of this, it was able to touch on key points of the greatest of the world’s religions without the dress of the religion itself.
The movie shows the yearning of every loving parent to keep his/her children safe. It continues to show the desire of every loving child to see his/her parent live safely in old age. Most of all, it shows the struggle of families to escape disaster as a whole; nevertheless, this does not preclude the willingness of individuals to sacrifice just to keep their loved ones (be these family members, friends, acquaintances or even pets) safe even if they themselves are not.
This is, of course, balanced by the selfish side of human beings, for, as a popular saying goes, the worst scenario brings out the best and the worst in every person faced with it. And so it was. In this movie, the importance of power, wealth and usefulness (i.e. intelligence) were emphasized by the fact that the people who were given tickets to the ship that will keep them safe are given to these. It is of no surprise therefore that there are those who cling to power in the attempt to save one’s own self from the tragedy that engulfs the living beings in this planet.
Yet, the importance given to the powerful, the rich and the useful which leads to inequality is balanced by the fact that in the end, what matters are the consequences; this is evident in the fact that due to technical problems and misestimation of the date of parousia, many who had tickets were not able to board the ships initially. Even the family of the discoverer of the coming parousia were not able to escape death and did not even obtain tickets due to the ingratitude of some very selfish people.
In spite of all these things, the movie was able to portray the very essence of being truly human. In particular, there are two things which every human being should be proud of:
First, human beings are living things who fight for their survival. It is because of this reason why it is important to let people know of the impending disaster so that they can survive by fighting for their survival using whatever means they can employ. Such a fighter attitude of human beings can be seen in numerous scenes which show instances when families or groups of families or individuals do their best to remove the obstacles from their being saved. Nevertheless, this was balanced by the fact that many are also aware when survival is impossible; knowing this, their only wish was to die together as a family.
Second, human beings care for each other. It is this very fact that urged those who are safely locked inside the ship to open the gates of the ship and let the people outside enter in spite of the great risk this will pose on their safety. Indeed, the essence of what being human is best described by the quote, “The moment we cease to fight for each other is the moment we lose our humanity.”
This movie was able to capture the essence of humanity by taking advantage of the fact that the best of being human comes out at the worst moment of humanity, and that is, being on the verge of extinction.