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2012 (2009)

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2012 is a movie starring John Cusack, Thandie Newton, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. 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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How would the governments of our planet prepare 6 billion people for the end of the world...? They wouldn't. See more »


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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)  »

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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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Trivia

The film's title plays upon the myth of the Mayan calendar ending in 2012. It actually ends in 3770 and doesn't predict any end of the world. New Age hoaxers claimed the calendar ended in order to make money. Mayas never claimed that and were annoyed by outsiders pestering them with questions about it. See more »

Goofs

When already in 2012, we see almost exclusively old analog television sets everywhere: on board Genesis cruise ship, in a Yellowstone convenience store, etc. As we know now, after the 2009 digital transition, old analog sets were very quickly phased out because prices for LCD and LED sets dropped almost 100% within less than 2 years, so by 2012 it is highly unlikely than a state of the art cruise ship had an analog set even in the kitchen. All hotels, ships, restaurants, were retrofitted with flat panels in 2012. During the making of the film, even in 2008-2009, they should have easily predicted that by 2012 all sets would have LCD panels. See more »

Quotes

Yuri Karpov: [while flying over Hawaii] What is that?
Sasha: The State of Hawaii.
Yuri Karpov: Not good. That is not good.
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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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Spoofed in Futurama: A Farewell to Arms (2012) See more »

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from "String Quintet In E Major, Op. 11 No. 5"
Written by Luigi Boccherini
Performed by Borealis String Quartet
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You Were Warned!
23 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

You were warned that possibly the worst movie made since The Monolith Monsters (1957) had been unleashed on the public.

Almost all of the actors are unappealing. John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, and Danny Glover are not compelling actors. Cusack, as usual, plays the weary sad sack. Harrelson's attempt to channel Dennis Hopper's maniacal character in "Apocalypse Now" is embarrassing. And Danny Glover's role as the president of the United States is an insult. In his "real" life, he despises America and praises Hugo Chavez, the thug that runs Venezuela and its drug cartels. Putting that aside, Glover's pulse can hardly be measured.

Child actors. Oh, if only we didn't need them. They are almost invariably portrayed as rude, contrary, and sullen. And the parents put up with it. But, never fear, by the end of the film, they are cuddly little teddy bears that have brokered a reconciliation between their estranged parents.

The adult characters in this movie are not believable. They are either cads, unlikely heroes, or holy men. Adults in authority almost always have bad motives. The chief bad guy is supposed to be the president's chief of staff, Anheuser, but in reality he is the only guy that knows what he's doing and is devoted to his duty. That doesn't count much, I guess, in the prevailing culture.

The story begins with some excitement, but eventually devolves into an overlong, overwrought cartoon. It's "Earthquake," "The Towering Inferno," "Krakatoa-East of Java," "The Poseidon Adventure," "The Bible," and "Airport '75" on steroids. Too many anguished characters, too many anti-heroes, too many noble savages, too many plots and subplots, no coherence, and virtual chaos.

Such is what passes today for entertainment. Yes, this is a disaster movie alright, but probably not the kind of disaster the producers intended.


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