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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  • Woody Harrelson in 2012 (2009)
  • Roland Emmerich and Amanda Peet at an event for 2012 (2009)
  • John Cusack and Amanda Peet at an event for 2012 (2009)
  • Amanda Peet at an event for 2012 (2009)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor in 2012 (2009)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor in 2012 (2009)

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23 November 2009 | cpbadgeman
| Great campy fun
It was pretty much inevitable that someone would make a movie based on all the 2012 hoopla. Nor is it surprising when that someone is disaster maven Roland Emmerich. His latest effort adheres closely to the formula established by his earlier films "Independence Day" and "The Day After Tomorrow"- in other words we get to watch a typically flawed-but-lovable American family (headed by John Cusack and Amanda Peet), along with a range of supporting characters, attempt to survive the end of the world.

That's all there is to the basic plot. The real stars of the film are the truly spectacular special effects. Emmerich really pulls out all the stops and creates some truly awesome set-pieces of destruction. In order to ensure that the main characters have endless perilous situations to escape from, we get to see a bunch of natural and man-made wonders get totaled by Mama Nature. Highlights include Los Angeles falling into the sea, Las Vegas being swallowed by the desert, and the Himalayas being submerged by tidal waves.

Improbable? Definitely. Ridiculous? You bet. But none of that matters since "2012" is exactly the film it was intended to be- a great big popcorn movie that offers big laughs, big thrills, and a lot of good old fashioned fun.

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Did You Know?


Dr. Charles Hapgood, spoken about in Charlie Frost's video, died on December 21, 1982. Despite what is said in the film, Hapgood is something of a fringe figure, and his views have been denounced as pseudoscience by his detractors.


Ark Communications Officer: The capital's been hit by a 9.4.
Ark Communications Officer: We've lost communication with the White House, sir.
Adrian Helmsley: Where's it centered?
Scotty: North Chesapeake Bay.


A 9.4 magnitude earthquake hits Washington D.C. breaking the Washington Monument in half, but the White House is shown in one piece afterwards. The White House is more prone/vulnerable to massive earthquake destruction than the Monument.

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..."

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.


from "String Quintet In E Major, Op. 11 No. 5"
Written by
Luigi Boccherini
Performed by Borealis String Quartet


Plot Summary

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Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi


Release Date:

13 November 2009


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

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Box Office


$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£6,489,809 (UK) (15 November 2009)


$166,112,167 (USA) (21 February 2010)

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