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question of the day: Is ‘2012’ the end of the line for the disaster movie?

Roland Emmerich destroys the whole planet in 2012 — is there anywhere left to go after this? What’s left to be destroyed onscreen? These movies are always about one-upping the last one, but there doesn’t seem to be any one-upping left? I’m guessing that until there are cities with distinctive skylines and notable landmarks on Mars and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn — or maybe glittering cities floating in space — there won’t be quite the same satisfaction, for either filmmakers or audiences, in watching the entire Solar System boil away.

Is 2012 the end of the line for the disaster movie?

If it is, what kind of big, loud, explosive action movie will replace it? If not, what will the next big, loud, explosive disaster movie look like?

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