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
Thandiwe Newton ... Laura Wilson (as Thandie Newton)
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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Mankind's earliest civilization warned us this day would come... See more »


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

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When Harry Helmsley (Blu Mankuma) was on the phone with his son, he was very careful with his words, disclosing no details to the crew who were within earshot. See more »

Goofs

At the G8 summit, the U.S. President enters the conference room and asks to be left alone with the other heads of state. A few moments later, an interpreter turns a button on her console to switch it off, puts down her headset, and leaves. The console is a genuine, contemporary piece of equipment, actually used by interpreters in 2010, but there's no need to switch it off (it's actually impossible). The knob is for selecting the language channels. See more »

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[from trailer]
Jackson Curtis: No matter what happens, we'll all stay together.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

There were some deleted scenes that were featured on the DVD:
  • Jackson drives Alec and Oleg to the airport while trying to get through some doomsdayers.
  • President Wilson and his secretary Sally talk about plans to make arrangements to address the nation one last time.
  • After the discovery that the impact drill is stuck and before the mega-tsunami hits, Anheuser blames Adrian for what his decision cost them and makes a comment about having sex with Laura. Dr. Helmsley punches him before taking Laura and some crew members down to the Hydraulics Chamber.
  • Jackson finds Gordon's cell phone under the water after Gordon was crushed by the gears.
  • In a follow-up to the alternate ending, Anheuser (after hearing that Dr. Helmsley's dad is still alive) apologizes to Dr. Helmsley for what he said.
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Spoofed in Summer Camp Island: Mom Soon (2019) See more »

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Can I Call You Baby
Written by James Davis
Performed by The Pearls
Courtesy of Now Again Records, LLC
Under license from Lamp Records
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What happened to the Mayan prophecy?
11 November 2009 | by ridley_coppolaSee all my reviews

I went to an advance screening of 2012 a few nights ago and I have to admit that this movie was entertaining at best and that's it. The whole movie is almost entirely comprised of special effects. Of course you'll see all of the lead characters survive scenarios that a regular human being would not. Some of the scenes are so ridiculously unbelievable that you want to laugh at the fodder that's being expected of you to believe. Emmerich certainly pushes "suspension of disbelief" to its limit.

John Cusack and Woody Harrelson are the only actors that attempt to hold the film together, while Danny Glover and Thandie Newton were an utter and complete let-down considering their previous work history. You won't see any remotely Oscar-worthy performances here. The casting of this film seemed off and poorly executed. You could tell the bulk of the financial budget went to the special effects and not the actors.

The thing that I found thoroughly disappointing about 2012 is that it's almost entirely lacking of any interesting backstory or intellectual substance whatsoever. There's very little mention of the Mayan calendar, Mayan history, or any of the prophetic wisdom that has foreseen the supposed end of days. The fear, analysis, curiosity, and everything else you've ever wondered about this new mysterious year that is quickly approaching is almost entirely removed from this film. That would have and could have made this film closer to a 10 if I didn't feel like my brain was utterly wasted on this CGI and special effects bonanza. They try to cram so many explosions, eruptions, earthquakes, and natural disasters into two hours that I might be a little desensitized to the real thing if it ever happens. After awhile nothing felt realistic or interesting about it at all.

It's novelty entertainment at best and that's it. You won't wince at how painfully awful this movie is, and you won't walk away knowing anything meaningful about 2012, but hopefully you'll help repay Sony pictures for the exorbitant amount of money that they and Roland Emmerich spent on their special effects budget. Don't say you weren't warned.


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USA

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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Box Office

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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