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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

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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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$166,112,167, 21 February 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$769,679,473, 25 November 2011
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Oliver Platt and Morgan Lily both later appeared in X: First Class (2011) (albeit, they share no scenes in either one of these films). See more »

Goofs

The news reports of riots in London is actual footage of the poll tax riots which occurred in 1989. See more »

Quotes

[Outside the gates of the ark docks]
Kate Curtis: You don't have to save us, but please, just take my kids!
Tenzin: Why should I do that?
Jackson Curtis: The same reason you let in your family.
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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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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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Bloody awful
19 July 2010 | by bourquethisSee all my reviews

All of the people raving on here about what a brilliant movie this is had to be paid to do so. What a perfectly, wretchedly awful piece of tripe. There was no acting to speak of and this only goes to show that CGI does not a good movie make. (One reviewer compared the action sequences to the Dukes of Hazzard and I agree; I kept waiting for the car to freeze midair with fallen leaves trailing behind it and Waylon Jennings to do his voice-over.) It seems that all Hollywood has to offer is poorly done remakes and special effects driven garbage like this. (Start watching foreign films; you'll be astounded to see real acting!) My only consolation is that I saw it for free on one of my movie channels and didn't waste a Netflix rental or money on a movie ticket. For those of you who advocate leaving your brain at home to go enjoy something like this, might I suggest staying in to watch ShamWow and Slap Chop infomercials with Vince. Those you don't have to pay for, at least. Save yourselves and avoid this movie at all costs.


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