PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind.
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.
Boss, I found us a plane.
Yuri Karpov: Can you still fly that thing?
Sasha: Sure, boss. But I need co-pilot.
Lilly Curtis: Gordon's a pilot.
Gordon Silberman: No, I'm not. I'm not.
Jackson Curtis: Yes, he is. Great pilot. Let's go.
Yuri Karpov: Good. Let's go!
Gordon Silberman: Jackson, stop saying I'm a pilot.
When the sheikh is offered a contract for passage on one of the arks by Mr. Isaacs, he is wearing a keffiyeh (headscarf) held in place with two turns of black elastic rope as a headband. The two turns of rope on the headband are touching. As he lifts his head to address Mr. Isaacs, the bottom rope of the sheikh's headband rolls downward and separates from the top rope, revealing the white headscarf between them. The camera then cuts to Mr. Isaacs. When it cuts back to the sheikh, the two turns of rope on his headband are touching, again.
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..."
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.
English, French, Tibetan, Mandarin, Russian, Hindi, Portuguese, Latin, Italian, Spanish
£6,489,809 (UK) (15 November 2009)
$166,112,167 (USA) (21 February 2010)