Ed Quinn in The 12 Disasters of Christmas (2012)

5 Mayan Rings

It should be a happy day for Joseph (Ed Quinn) and his family as it is his daughter Jacey's (Magda Apanowicz) birthday. But after the tap water turns blood red things turn nasty as ice spears plummet to the Earth, killing his mum, Miriam (Christine Willes). But before she died she handed over a ring to Jacey, telling her that the women in her family are special and not to worry. As a whole host of disasters from earthquakes to tornadoes hit the town it seems that Jacey is the chosen one who has the power to stop what ever ancient curse it is which is causing this series of 12 disasters. But first according to prophecy she must finds 5 Mayan rings to stop this disaster.

3 Things I love are Christmas, disaster movies and made for TV movies, so you can imagine my delight when I came across "The 12 Disasters of Christmas", a TV movie which combined the things I love. Now you may question why I would love the combination of disaster and TV movie but it is simple because usually that combo makes for bad entertainment. Unfortunately "The 12 Disasters of Christmas" ends up a movie with a nice idea but one which fails to bring it to life by being neither good nor entertainingly bad.

Magda Apanowicz in The 12 Disasters of Christmas (2012)

Now that idea is to take the famous Christmas song of "The 12 Days of Christmas" and turn that into a disaster movie where many centuries ago the Mayans came up with it as a way to prevent a prophecy from being forgotten. Yes we have Mayans and if you check the year of release this connected with the whole 2012 doomsday prophecy which considering this is 2016 didn't happen. Now I like the idea of using "The 12 Days of Christmas" as part of a disaster story but what they have come up is weak and not really that engaging, in fact it is more stupid than anything.

What this means is that "The 12 Disasters of Christmas" ends up relying on the look and truth be told the majority of the effects whilst not terrible are not exactly great as they generally look false. It is a shame as there is some creativity to them such as when a car drives through an invisible force field and it pretty much shatters like it was hit with a hammer after being quick frozen. And it is not just the look of the effects which the move relies upon as Ed Quinn looks uncannily like Bradley Cooper from the first minute we see him and that makes him quite distracting.

What this all boils down to is that sadly "The 12 Disasters of Christmas" ends up a weak made for TV disaster movie which takes an entertaining idea and throws some creativity at it but never pulls it off to be truly entertaining.