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

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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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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Trivia

A television shows an Arnold Schwarzenegger look-alike as the Governor of California explaining the situation. In real life, Schwarzenegger's term ended in 2011, and the events in this movie took place presumably in the midsummer of 2012 (though the filmmakers have stated it's December 2012 by the normal Mayan Calendar). See more »

Goofs

The scientific paper on crustal shifting is said to have been published in 1958, and Albert Einstein agreed with it. Einstein died in 1955. See more »

Quotes

Laura Wilson: How were all these people chosen?
Carl Anheuser: The same way your art was: By experts from all over the world. We had geneticists determine the perfect gene pool we need to repopulate.
Adrian Helmsley: These people were chosen by geneticists?
Laura Wilson: Looks to me like their checkbooks got them onboard.
Carl Anheuser: That's right, Dr. Wilson. Without billions of dollars from the private sector, this entire operation would've been impossible.
Adrian Helmsley: We sold tickets. And what about all these workers? They all get passes?
Carl Anheuser: What, life isn't fair? Is that it? You ...
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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 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 Nostalgia Critic: Independence Day (2010) See more »

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It Ain't the End of the World
Written by Harald Kloser, Thomas Wanker and Matt Charman
Produced by Harald Kloser and Thomas Wanker
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Great campy fun
23 November 2009 | by cpbadgemanSee all my reviews

It was pretty much inevitable that someone would make a movie based on all the 2012 hoopla. Nor is it surprising when that someone is disaster maven Roland Emmerich. His latest effort adheres closely to the formula established by his earlier films "Independence Day" and "The Day After Tomorrow"- in other words we get to watch a typically flawed-but-lovable American family (headed by John Cusack and Amanda Peet), along with a range of supporting characters, attempt to survive the end of the world.

That's all there is to the basic plot. The real stars of the film are the truly spectacular special effects. Emmerich really pulls out all the stops and creates some truly awesome set-pieces of destruction. In order to ensure that the main characters have endless perilous situations to escape from, we get to see a bunch of natural and man-made wonders get totaled by Mama Nature. Highlights include Los Angeles falling into the sea, Las Vegas being swallowed by the desert, and the Himalayas being submerged by tidal waves.

Improbable? Definitely. Ridiculous? You bet. But none of that matters since "2012" is exactly the film it was intended to be- a great big popcorn movie that offers big laughs, big thrills, and a lot of good old fashioned fun.


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Country:

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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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