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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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Roland Emmerich
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Jackson Curtis
Amanda Peet ... Kate Curtis
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Adrian Helmsley
Thandie Newton ... Laura Wilson
Oliver Platt ... Carl Anheuser
Tom McCarthy ... Gordon Silberman
Woody Harrelson ... Charlie Frost
Danny Glover ... President Thomas Wilson
Liam James ... Noah Curtis
Morgan Lily ... Lilly Curtis
Zlatko Buric ... Yuri Karpov
Beatrice Rosen ... Tamara
Alexandre Haussmann Alexandre Haussmann ... Alec
Philippe Haussmann Philippe Haussmann ... Oleg
Johann Urb ... Sasha
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

It takes place in December of 2012. December is known to be the month for Christmas. However, there's no mention regarding Christmas nor Holiday displays anywhere throughout the whole movie. See more »

Goofs

After the Tibetan family rescues the other family, all of the signs are in Traditional Chinese characters. Tibet is part of the PRC, and Mandarin is not a native language in Tibet, so all signs would be written with Simplified Characters. See more »

Quotes

Sasha: Boss, I found us a plane.
Yuri Karpov: Can you still fly that thing?
Sasha: Sure, boss. But I need co-pilot.
Lilly Curtis: Gordon's a pilot.
Gordon Silberman: No, I'm not. I'm not.
Jackson Curtis: Yes, he is. Great pilot. Let's go.
Yuri Karpov: Good. Let's go!
[both groups set out for the plane]
Gordon Silberman: [just before going outdoors] Jackson, stop saying I'm a pilot.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits at all, except the Columbia Pictures logo and the movie title "2012". See more »

Alternate Versions

There was an alternate ending that was featured on the DVD. After Captain Michaels announces that they are heading to the Cape of Good Hope, he tells Dr. Helmsley that he has a phone call waiting for him. Dr. Helmsley discovers that his dad Harry is still alive. Harry tells his son that he, Tony (whose arm is in a sling) and some of the passengers and crew survived the mega-tsunami that struck the Genesis. Captain Michaels states that they should have a visual on the ocean-liner shortly. After Kate thanks Laura for taking care of Lily, Laura tells Jackson that she liked his book. Lily then announces that she sees an island. The Arks arrive at the shipwrecked Genesis and the survivors on the beach. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Schroeder!: Episode #3.3 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Fades Like a Photograph
Written by Richard Patrick, Harald Kloser and Thomas Wanker
Produced by Richard Patrick
Performed by Filter
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2012 a total disaster
19 November 2009 | by craigsomervilleSee all my reviews

Well I'm just back from watching this movie at my local multi-plex. So what did I think? oh dear where to start.

This had to be one of the most enduring movies experiences of my life. 2HRS 30 MINS, are you kidding me? I have to be honest the only reason I went to see this movie was to see the quality of the CGI on the big screen. I didn't go to see it because I wanted or thought I would see, intense character development, an intriguing story with an intelligent script, fantastic direction with a epic world class score. Thank goodness I didn't because none of these things are on show.

So why did I hate this SO MUCH?

No logic to the build up of the chaos.

Cardboard cut out character with ZERO likability or progression. Were they all based on cartoon characters.

OTT close shaves........CONSTANTLY.....

FAR to many clichés, everyone possible for a disaster was thrown in there. Some originality please.

Did I mention 2 AND A HALF HOURS.

Poor script wrote I assume by a 5 year old?

Forgettable score

Ridiculous over sentimental moments of intimacy between cardboard characters. Sorry but I don't care about them because of the poor story telling.

Last 30 Min's dragged and was extremely dull, oh and how long can some of these characters hold their breath?

I could go on.....but won't.

What did I like.

Not much, however there are a couple of AWESOME CGI scenes of destruction.

Unfortunately thats not enough, not even close enough to make this an enjoyable experience, EVEN if your brain is in neutral.

1/10 For the CGI and only for the CGI.


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Country:

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Release Date:

13 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Farewell Atlantis See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,237,614, 15 November 2009

Gross USA:

$166,112,167

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$791,217,826
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