2012 (I) (2009)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


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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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  • John Cusack and Amanda Peet at an event for 2012 (2009)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor in 2012 (2009)
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  • Adam Lambert at an event for 2012 (2009)
  • Amanda Peet at an event for 2012 (2009)

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9 November 2009 | kungfugirlsclub
6
| Classic Emmerich, You will get what you pay for.
If you've seen Independence Day, Titanic, or any recent vintage of the well-worn disaster film genre, you will not be disappointed at all with any of 2012. Its 2.5 hour+ running time moves at a great clip, and there's enough science and pseudoscience running around to give the film a certain of-the-moment wonder and clarity. The many destruction sequences throughout the film are absolutely breathtaking to behold, and one wonders if Roland Emmerich starts every film imagining how he will destroy the White House. Like all of his other films (except for The Patriot) it has big names but no huge names and really is a blast to watch. It has just the right balance of action and melodrama, often, as with all good films of this genre, in the same scene. The audience I watched it with was laughing and cheering throughout, and I'm sure it will be the definitive event movie of the holiday season, critics be damned.

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Trivia

In the scene where Jackson (John Cusack) is renting a plane, he goes and gives the pilot his watch as payment. He tells him that it was given to him by his manager when he thought he was going to be someone and that it's worth something. The watch is a Classic Pilot Mark XVI and it roughly goes for about three thousand dollars or more.


Quotes

Yuri Karpov: Good. That is good.


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.


Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits at all, except the Columbia Pictures logo and the movie title "2012".


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.


Soundtracks

Time for Miracles
Written by
Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider
Produced by Rob Cavallo
Performed by Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert appears courtesy of 19 Recordings Limited/RCA Records

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Genres

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Details

Release Date:

13 November 2009

Language

English, French, Tibetan, Mandarin, Russian, Hindi, Portuguese, Latin, Italian, Spanish


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,237,614 15 November 2009

Gross USA:

$166,112,167

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$788,550,900

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