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2012 (2009)

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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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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 USA:

$65,237,614, 15 November 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$166,112,167, 21 February 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$769,679,473, 25 November 2011
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gerard Butler was first considered for the role of Jackson Curtis. He turned it down, because of scheduling conflicts. See more »


When Jackson shows his driver's license in Yellowstone Park, his name appears on the card as "Jackson, Curtis." It should be either "Curtis, Jackson" (Last name, First name) or be written without the comma. See more »


Sally - President's Secretary: Sorry, sir. She insisted.
[leaves afterward]
Laura Wilson: The Director of Louvre has just been killed. It's all over the news.
[puts down newspaper and turns TV in room on with the news confirming what she had just explained]
President Thomas Wilson: [after the TV is back off] Adrian, I don't think you met my daughter, have you?
Adrian Helmsley: No, sir.
Laura Wilson: We just talked. He said the organization I work for is a sham. How can he say something like that?
Carl Anheuser: [to Adrian] Come.
[Carl and Adrian leave the room]
President Thomas Wilson: [after the door shuts after Adrian and leave] Did I ...
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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 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.63 (2012) See more »


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A Complete waste of Money, Time and Effort
3 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

I think it is about time Roland Emmerich retired from making films. He'll never ever relive those glory days of such "great" films as Godzilla or Independence Day, and his latest effort, 2012, is complete proof of this fact. The entire length of this film I was stunned, sitting there in the theater watching this latest baby from Hollywood that really should have just been aborted. The main problem with it is: A. Horrible, boring, and predictable plotting. B. Utterly disgusting and stupid dialog that makes screenwriters cringe everywhere, worldwide. c. Acting that is as wooden as a chair-

and I shall not waste any more words describing it as I am already getting bored thinking about it and writing this here review. Do yourself a favor and save the 10 bucks and rent it.

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