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2012 (2009)

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A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind.


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Philippe Haussmann ...


Dr. Adrian Helmsley, part of a worldwide geophysical team investigating the effect on the earth of radiation from unprecedented solar storms, learns that the earth's core is heating up. He warns U.S. President Thomas Wilson that the crust of the earth is becoming unstable and that without proper preparations for saving a fraction of the world's population, the entire race is doomed. Meanwhile, writer Jackson Curtis stumbles on the same information. While the world's leaders race to build "arks" to escape the impending cataclysm, Curtis struggles to find a way to save his family. Meanwhile, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes of unprecedented strength wreak havoc around the world. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Mankind's earliest civilization warned us this day would come... See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

2012: An IMAX Experience 3D  »

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Box Office


$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,237,614, 15 November 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$166,112,167, 21 February 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$769,679,473, 25 November 2011
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2.35 : 1
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John Cusack and Amanda Peet previously appeared together in Identity (2003) and Martian Child (2007). See more »


When the camera pans to Caesar's Palace on boxing night, the Bellagio is to the south. When the camera pans to the south of Las Vegas Strip, showing the destruction of Vegas, the building to the south becomes Paris Las Vegas. See more »


Kate Curtis: [on the phone with Jackson] Hello?
Jackson Curtis: [in the limo en route to Kate's house] Kate, stop what you're doing.
Kate Curtis: Jackson?
Jackson Curtis: Listen to me. I've rented a plane. Pack up the kids, I'm gonna be there in five minutes.
Kate Curtis: What are you talking about? We're gonna do our regular Saturday. Noah has music at 2 and Lil has karate.
Gordon Silberman: Not gonna expect him to remember.
Jackson Curtis: Kate, California is going down! Pack up the kids now!
Kate Curtis: They just got back. God, you sound like a cray person. The Governor just said we're fine.
Jackson Curtis: The guy's an ...
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Crazy Credits

The opening scene of the movie shows the years and events leading up to 2012 (2009...2010...2011). The title card not only states the movie's title, but also seems to indicate, "And in the year 2012..." See more »


Referenced in 2012 - Geht die Welt unter? (2012) See more »


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Written by Javed Akhtar and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Performed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Courtesy of Saregama India Ltd.
By Arrangement with The Royalty Network, Inc.
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You Were Warned!
23 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

You were warned that possibly the worst movie made since The Monolith Monsters (1957) had been unleashed on the public.

Almost all of the actors are unappealing. John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, and Danny Glover are not compelling actors. Cusack, as usual, plays the weary sad sack. Harrelson's attempt to channel Dennis Hopper's maniacal character in "Apocalypse Now" is embarrassing. And Danny Glover's role as the president of the United States is an insult. In his "real" life, he despises America and praises Hugo Chavez, the thug that runs Venezuela and its drug cartels. Putting that aside, Glover's pulse can hardly be measured.

Child actors. Oh, if only we didn't need them. They are almost invariably portrayed as rude, contrary, and sullen. And the parents put up with it. But, never fear, by the end of the film, they are cuddly little teddy bears that have brokered a reconciliation between their estranged parents.

The adult characters in this movie are not believable. They are either cads, unlikely heroes, or holy men. Adults in authority almost always have bad motives. The chief bad guy is supposed to be the president's chief of staff, Anheuser, but in reality he is the only guy that knows what he's doing and is devoted to his duty. That doesn't count much, I guess, in the prevailing culture.

The story begins with some excitement, but eventually devolves into an overlong, overwrought cartoon. It's "Earthquake," "The Towering Inferno," "Krakatoa-East of Java," "The Poseidon Adventure," "The Bible," and "Airport '75" on steroids. Too many anguished characters, too many anti-heroes, too many noble savages, too many plots and subplots, no coherence, and virtual chaos.

Such is what passes today for entertainment. Yes, this is a disaster movie alright, but probably not the kind of disaster the producers intended.

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