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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jackson Curtis
... Kate Curtis
... Adrian Helmsley
... Laura Wilson
... Carl Anheuser
... Gordon Silberman
... Charlie Frost
... President Thomas Wilson
... Noah Curtis
... Lilly Curtis
... Yuri Karpov
... Tamara
Alexandre Haussmann ... Alec
Philippe Haussmann ... Oleg
... 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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Rated PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language | See all certifications »

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13 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

2012: An IMAX Experience 3D  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Trivia

When Jackson (John Cusack) goes to pick up the Russian oligarch's boys, the mansion, to which he drives up, is the Fleur de Lys estate in the Bel Air and Beverly Hills area. At one hundred twenty-five million dollars, it was one of the most expensive real estate listings in the country. See more »

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After Jackson Curtis returns to Los Angeles after his trip to Yellowstone, he picks up Charlie Frost's pirate radio station, 1,000 miles away. While some high-powered 50,000 watt AM stations skip their signals off of the ionosphere and reach listeners 1,000 miles away, it would be impossible for a personal radio transmitter to reach that far. Given the instruction to 'download my blog', it was more likely, even with modern tech, that the broadcast was being streamed on Internet radio site. It is far less clear how it was picked up on car radio in 2012 with normal AM/FM tuning. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Frost: Hey. Hey, guess what? They're selling seats.
Jackson Curtis: Put me down for three.
Charlie Frost: No, guys like you and me don't have a chance. You'd have to be Bill Gates or Rupert Murdoch or some Russian billionaire or something.
Jackson Curtis: Hey, keep it down. My kids are sleeping.
Charlie Frost: Get them out of Yellowstone. It's gonna get ugly up here.
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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 »


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Afreen Afreen
Written by Javed Akhtar and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Performed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Courtesy of Saregama India Ltd.
By Arrangement with The Royalty Network, Inc.
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This film had so much potential. What went wrong?
11 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

They had all the money, actors and special effects they needed so how did they manage to screw this one up? Obviously they thought exiting moments were more important than developing deeper characters and that's why this story that had great potential stayed so shallow. The dialog was always cheesy and none of the 'hero's' in this film really showed any real emotions nor did they give any of those speeches that give the audience goose bumps. Another thing that really bothered me was that so much was almost going wrong the whole time. Every second of the film had a 'close call' which made the film seem totally unrealistic. Examples are planes taking off just before the runway collapses or driving just fast enough to not get hit by an explosion. This can be very cool if it doesn't happen 100% of the time and I have never seen a movie abusing this way of creating excitement to this extent. So to sum up: If you feel like turning your brain off and watching special effects and big explosions with a very shallow storyline then this movie is for you. But if you feel like watching a movie with a bit of depth then go and see something else.


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