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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 <>

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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 »

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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Box Office


$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?


Director Roland Emmerich told MTV the cover-up name for this film was "Farewell Atlantis," which is the title of lead character Jackson Curtis' book. See more »


When descending into the copper mine in India, Satnam tells Adrian that the mine is over 11,000 ft. deep. Scientists worldwide, including those from the United States, have formally adopted the Metric System, so he should have used meters instead of feet. See more »


Kate Curtis: So, now that you have your map, where are we going?
[Jackson holds a one-finger signal before unfolding the map with the ships to discover that it is located in "China"]
Jackson Curtis: We're going to need a bigger plane.
[looks back at the map]
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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 »


Referenced in End of the World (2013) See more »


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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User Reviews

Great roller-coaster ride
20 November 2009 | by (China) – See all my reviews

Okay, the first thing I'd like to say is, ignore those comments from members who belong to 'the worst movie ever club!!' These members think it is way cool to label every slightly disappointing movie as ' the worst movie ever' and emphasize their juvenility with tons of exclamation marks. They think it is way cool to trash movies.

The movie just isn't that bad. It's not that great either so ignore those who gush and tell you how awesome it is and rate it 10 out of 10.

This is a film best viewed in the movie theaters on the largest screen possible to enjoy the thrilling sensation of cities breaking up, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. This is indeed a thrilling roller-coaster ride. It is best to leave your brain at home, however, as you will cringe at the clichés, the schmaltz, and the absurdities. That doesn't make it the worst film ever, though. So go for the ride and enjoy the CG effects.

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