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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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Storyline

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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First, the Mayan calendar predicted it...Now, science has confirmed it...but we never imagined it could really happen. 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)

Opening Weekend:

£6,489,809 (UK) (13 November 2009)

Gross:

$166,112,167 (USA) (19 February 2010)
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Banned in North Korea, because 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of First Great Leader Kim Il-Sung. Several people were arrested for watching pirated copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

During several conversations characters refer to "heads of state". Although every country has a de facto head[s] of state, they are generally not sent to summits or engaged in diplomatic exchanges as they are "figureheads". Instead almost all countries would send their heads of government who actually exercise executive power; such as a prime minister (in countries with parliaments) or a chancellor (in German-speaking countries). The US and France are two countries who send their presidents.

For example during the G8 summit closed session, only the American and French presidents are heads of state. All others would be prime ministers/chancellor (for Germany). Similarly, the Italian prime minister would be the comparable Italian figure who chose to stay behind with his people not the president. See more »

Quotes

[Outside the gates of the ark docks]
Kate Curtis: You don't have to save us, but please, just take my kids!
Tenzin: Why should I do that?
Jackson Curtis: The same reason you let in your family.
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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

Time for Miracles
Written by Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider
Produced by Rob Cavallo
Performed by Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert appears courtesy of 19 Recordings Limited/RCA Records
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This film had so much potential. What went wrong?
11 November 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

They had all the money, actors and special effects they needed so how did they manage to screw this one up? Obviously they thought exiting moments were more important than developing deeper characters and that's why this story that had great potential stayed so shallow. The dialog was always cheesy and none of the 'hero's' in this film really showed any real emotions nor did they give any of those speeches that give the audience goose bumps. Another thing that really bothered me was that so much was almost going wrong the whole time. Every second of the film had a 'close call' which made the film seem totally unrealistic. Examples are planes taking off just before the runway collapses or driving just fast enough to not get hit by an explosion. This can be very cool if it doesn't happen 100% of the time and I have never seen a movie abusing this way of creating excitement to this extent. So to sum up: If you feel like turning your brain off and watching special effects and big explosions with a very shallow storyline then this movie is for you. But if you feel like watching a movie with a bit of depth then go and see something else.


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