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

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20 November 2009 | andony63
| Great roller-coaster ride
Okay, the first thing I'd like to say is, ignore those comments from members who belong to 'the worst movie ever club!!' These members think it is way cool to label every slightly disappointing movie as ' the worst movie ever' and emphasize their juvenility with tons of exclamation marks. They think it is way cool to trash movies.

The movie just isn't that bad. It's not that great either so ignore those who gush and tell you how awesome it is and rate it 10 out of 10.

This is a film best viewed in the movie theaters on the largest screen possible to enjoy the thrilling sensation of cities breaking up, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. This is indeed a thrilling roller-coaster ride. It is best to leave your brain at home, however, as you will cringe at the clichés, the schmaltz, and the absurdities. That doesn't make it the worst film ever, though. So go for the ride and enjoy the CG effects.

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Did You Know?


Wisconsin is mentioned three times in the film. Executive Producer Michael Wimer, Roland Emmerich's friend and business partner, is from Neenah, Wisconsin.


Kate Curtis: So, now that you have your map, where are we going?
Jackson Curtis: We're going to need a bigger plane.


All of the waves shown crashing onto land, through snowy mountain passes, and into vehicles would be cold enough to induce hypothermia in minutes, and too dirty to see through. Even calm ocean water is too murky to see through at the distances and scales shown.

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.


Afreen Afreen
Written by
Javed Akhtar and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Performed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Courtesy of Saregama India Ltd.
By Arrangement with The Royalty Network, Inc.


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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