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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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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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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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Trivia

The first name of the curator of the Louvre in this movie is Roland, which is the same first name as the director, Roland Emmerich. See more »

Goofs

When already in 2012, we see almost exclusively old analog television sets everywhere: on board Genesis cruise ship, in a Yellowstone convenience store, etc. As we know now, after the 2009 digital transition, old analog sets were very quickly phased out because prices for LCD and LED sets dropped almost 100% within less than 2 years, so by 2012 it is highly unlikely than a state of the art cruise ship had an analog set even in the kitchen. All hotels, ships, restaurants, were retrofitted with flat panels in 2012. During the making of the film, even in 2008-2009, they should have easily predicted that by 2012 all sets would have LCD panels. See more »

Quotes

Captain Michaels: [over intercom] Ladies and gentleman, this is Captain Michaels speaking. In a few minutes I will give orders to unseal the decks. At 2345 last night, our sister arks, Numbers 6 and 7, have joined our course. For the first time on our journey, we'll have clear skies and moderate-to-good air quality. As you know, our passenger count is way over capacity. So please be careful when you step out and of course, enjoy the fresh air.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Written by Ada R. Habershon and Charles Gabriel, often attributed to A.P. Carter
Performed by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
Courtesy of Capitol Records Nashville
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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waste of money
23 November 2009 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

I could talk about this movie all day, but it already consumed too much of my time. They should have burned the money, and film it, the fire would be a much better show... I really do not want to believe that it is allowed to call this a movie. Shame on all the great actors who participated in this... I wouldn't even say that the effects are stunning, because they are just expensive and they do not serve any purpose. Everything is so pointless. All the "emotional" scenes made me wanna throw up. The lines are... don't know how to describe them. I think that you can hear the "Mister president" line, about a hundred times which is present in every single one of Mr Roland's movies. Music is so cheesy, every now and then the sad strings come up to pump up the heroics of brave individuals, or to make you cry or at least to make you realize the importance of the situation , and all they do is making it even more disgusting and eventually you end up actually wanting the world to end. The box offices keep telling us that this is the way to make a "good" movie and that, my friends, won't be the end of the world, but it will surely be the end of 7th art!


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