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PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  13 November 2009 (USA)
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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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Rated PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 November 2009 (USA)  »

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2012: An IMAX Experience 3D  »

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$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£6,489,809 (UK) (13 November 2009)


$166,112,167 (USA) (19 February 2010)

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In an interview by USA Today, Roland Emmerich said that this will be his final disaster film: "I said to myself that I'll do one more disaster movie, but it has to end all disaster movies. So I packed everything in." He ended up doing several more, including a sequel to Independence Day scheduled for release in summer 2016. See more »


When Jackson is camping with the kids, Kate calls and tells him to bring them home early. He does, then says he is late for work. Jackson had at least one more night of vacation planned, but he could've spoken to Yuri during the drive back and said he could come to work. See more »


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Good cataclysmic Action, but waayyy to much bad kitsch
12 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

I loved the first half of the movie with Roland Emmerich seemingly back to form (from his disastrous "10,000 B.C."). But as the movie drags on, even the smallest character gets his "i have to say goodbye to my loved ones"-scene - which becomes quite annoying after you've watched this for the 5th time in a row. then comes a great destruction scene and then we're back in soap-opera territory. don't get me wrong, basically that can be said about most of Emmerich's movies - they are just popcorn cinema - leave your brain at the ticket counter. still, i enjoyed the likes of "Independence Day" or even "The Day After Tomorrow". But the one thing, he can't do properly is "good"-emotional cinema - which works fine in some of his other movies when his pathos-laden, goofy dialogue writing doesn't get in the way of the big explosions - it fit's, makes them funnier to a point. unfortunately this doesn't work for 2012. if somebody could actually cut this movie down to 90minutes running time, i'd even be lining up for a second ticket.

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