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2012 (I) (2009)

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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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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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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$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£6,489,809 (UK) (13 November 2009)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wisconsin is mentioned three times in the film. Executive Producer Michael Wimer , Roland Emmerich's friend and business partner, is from Neenah, Wisconsin. See more »


The VC-25A aircraft that are used as Air Force One have no windows on the left side of the upper deck behind the cockpit. The Air Force One aircraft portrayed in the film has multiple windows on the upper deck, more like the commercial version of the 747-200 that the VC-25A is based upon. See more »


[They're about to drive out from the plane with the Bentley]
Jackson Curtis: All right, let's go!
Tamara: Wait! Where's Sasha?
Gordon Silberman: Sasha's fine. We need to get out of here before he touches down.
Tamara: No, no, no! We have to wait for him.
Yuri Karpov: Go Jackson, go!
Jackson Curtis: [Tries to start the car] It won't start!
[Everyone panics]
Yuri Karpov: Shut up, everbody!
[Everyone stops screaming]
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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 »


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Heavy and absurd..
11 November 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

After watching this movie I really needed time to figure out what to think of it. I heard a lady sharing her first comment to her friend: 'That dog sure was ugly'. What else was there to say? After a while I found out:

The action was truly formidable, demonstrating the power of 'mother nature'. Collapsing buildings, jumping flaming cars, planes falling down and manage to pull up a second before touchdown, it was a real trip and a feast for the eyes and ears.

But then again... the acting wasn't that good, a bit over the top. In one scene in the movie, where every wasted second could be the cause of a terrible disaster, *they* waste their time being...ROMANTIC! At times like that the acting became very juicy, making me think I was watching 'Titanic' instead.

One point of advise: Do not take this movie too seriously. It's almost stuffed with jokes instead of showing us the real drama of an earth that is about to be destroyed. But keep this in mind and you'll have a heck of a 2 hours and 40 minutes(!) in a movie that is made for the cinema.

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