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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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Mankind's earliest civilization warned us this day would come... 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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2012: An IMAX Experience 3D  »

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$200,000,000 (estimated)

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£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 »


"Mutating neutrinos" are changing or changed neutrinos. Mutation, from the Greek 'Mutatis', simply means 'change.' The dialogue in the film indicates that the neutrinos have changed to a different type of nuclear particle, so the term 'mutating' is correct. See more »


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It's the end of the world, not anybody's career
15 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anybody going to this movie to learn about the Mayan prophecies for 2012 or for any true science, is going to be sadly disappointed. But, that is not why we go to movies anyway, is it? That is like going to see Godzilla expecting to learn something about giant lizards that vomit radioactive spray. Emmerich has taken a fictitious subject he knew would be controversial and woven some drama into it. People who tend to be slightly paranoid will no doubt be even more so after seeing the world destroyed according to interpretations of prophecy. The people who sell the books promoting the fear make money, just like the movie producers. So what? I didn't see this movie to pick up any information I haven't learned from the History Channel, nor do I believe any more than I did before, that anything bad is going to happen on December 21, 2012. Did I go expecting to be highly entertained by great CGI and action? Yes! And I wasn't disappointed! One thing many reviewers haven't been picking up on while watching this movie is the very slight tongue-in-cheekiness of the subject that Emmerich cleverly wove into the plot. He obviously doesn't believe any of the prophecy any more than most of the rest of us do. You can see it in the actors' performances too: Woody Harrelson, to wit. It is the same as a weatherman who can deliver his forecast each night without laughing because he truly doesn't know with certainty what is going to happen, but he tries to make us believe nonetheless.

See this movie if you love cinema. Enjoy the things about cinema that make it great. Take a small pillow for your butt cheeks because almost 3 hours of sitting in an uncomfortable theater seat will make you wish you had. But fear not. There is so much non-stop action you won't notice the discomfort too much.

The film has obvious flaws, trite clichés, and phony science, but if you are a fan of 50's sci-fi, you will love this movie. And remember, don't take it too seriously folks, just enjoy it. The end of the world isn't going to happen in 2012, there really aren't any giant grasshoppers, ants, or lizards roaming the Earth, and no one's career is going to end because of their role in this movie. It is Hollywood having a good time with a controversial subject. Nothing new there.

Enjoy the show!

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