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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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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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Country:

USA

Release Date:

13 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

2012: An IMAX Experience 3D 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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character Jackson Curtis is the real name of 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) backwards. Executive Producer, co-Writer, and Director Roland Emmerich is a big fan of rapper 50 Cent, and wanted to name his lead character after him. See more »

Goofs

A background character can be heard warning that the ship's compartments are flooding progressively. But all ships have been built with truly watertight compartments for nearly a century. Certainly a futuristic ship of this size couldn't sink due to 1 door being open. See more »

Quotes

[Both are on the phone]
Tony Delgatto: I- I'm sorry. Who is this?
Yoko Delgatto: This is Yoko Delgatto. Do you wanna speak to my daddy?
Tony Delgatto: [sighs] Yes, please.
Yoko Delgatto: Who should I say is calling?
Tony Delgatto: Tell him... it's his father.
Yoko Delgatto: You're my grampa?
Tony Delgatto: Yes, sweetheart. I am.
[Looks at a photo of Yoko]
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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 Top 5 Worst Sci-Fi Movies Ever Made (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

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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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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