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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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How would the governments of our planet prepare 6 billion people for the end of the world...? They wouldn't. See more »


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

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13 November 2009 (USA)  »

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Farewell Atlantis  »

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Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£6,489,809 (UK) (13 November 2009)

Gross:

$166,112,167 (USA) (19 February 2010)
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In the movie, New York City was flooded in October 2012. In real life, New York City was flooded due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. See more »

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At the G8 summit, the U.S. president enters the conference room and asks to be left alone with the other heads of state. A few moments later, an interpreter turns a button on her console to switch it off, puts down her headset, and leaves. The console is a genuine, contemporary piece of equipment, actually used by interpreters in 2010, but there's no need to switch it off (it's actually impossible). The knob is for selecting the language channels. See more »

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Charlie Frost: You'd have to keep a thing like this underwraps. I mean, just think about it, okay? First, the stock market would go. Then the economy, boom! The dollar, boom! And then pandemonium in the streets. War, genocide, ba-ba-ba-ba, boom, boom, boom!
Jackson Curtis: Bullshit. Nobody could keep that big a secret, Charlie. Somebody would blow the whistle.
Charlie Frost: And every once in a while, some poor little sucker tries. Well, like these guys, boom, boom!
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Charlie Frost: Every one of these guys, dead, ...
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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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Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #5.41 (2009) See more »

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Can I Call You Baby
Written by James Davis
Performed by The Pearls
Courtesy of Now Again Records, LLC
Under license from Lamp Records
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Great campy fun
23 November 2009 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

It was pretty much inevitable that someone would make a movie based on all the 2012 hoopla. Nor is it surprising when that someone is disaster maven Roland Emmerich. His latest effort adheres closely to the formula established by his earlier films "Independence Day" and "The Day After Tomorrow"- in other words we get to watch a typically flawed-but-lovable American family (headed by John Cusack and Amanda Peet), along with a range of supporting characters, attempt to survive the end of the world.

That's all there is to the basic plot. The real stars of the film are the truly spectacular special effects. Emmerich really pulls out all the stops and creates some truly awesome set-pieces of destruction. In order to ensure that the main characters have endless perilous situations to escape from, we get to see a bunch of natural and man-made wonders get totaled by Mama Nature. Highlights include Los Angeles falling into the sea, Las Vegas being swallowed by the desert, and the Himalayas being submerged by tidal waves.

Improbable? Definitely. Ridiculous? You bet. But none of that matters since "2012" is exactly the film it was intended to be- a great big popcorn movie that offers big laughs, big thrills, and a lot of good old fashioned fun.


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