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Lazy and preposterous- not worth watching
13 July 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I like TV documentaries just as much as the next person, and I do get novelty value out of the mostly awful SyFy resume. But I didn't get any value whatsoever from 2012: Startling New Secrets. The main problem was that I just didn't find it interesting. SyFy are notorious not only for being cheap but also seemingly never putting any scientific or geographical research. If you are used to that from other stuff they've done, you won't be disappointed here. Here we are told (and these are just examples) we are descendants of Martians, are capable of space travel from Mars to Earth, that we build primitive buildings and that we do human sacrifices to appease the gods. Sorry, but while not all the stuff presented is entirely impossible(even that is speculative) I just had a hard time believing it. How it was presented was also part of the problem, instead of thoughtful delivery that provoked questions and thinking, it treats the information as proved fact and seems conceited with it. The information itself is also repetitive(how many times in this programme is "2012" repeated?), there is the use of very emotionally forced and almost creepy footage especially the man and the child(the child's facial expressions spoke volumes) and the inclusion of Roland Emmerich seemed little more than an excuse to promote his latest film(the mediocre at best 2012). What made it further uninteresting was the pace, which throughout is sluggish and dull. Visually, 2012: Startling New Secrets fares little better, the scenery looks duller than it probably was and the camera work and editing seemed haphazard in alternative to focused. Overall, don't recommend this at all, it was lazy, repetitive, dull and unbelievable, everything a documentary shouldn't be. 1/10 Bethany Cox


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