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.

  1. Roland Emmerich

    Director, Writer

  2. Harald Kloser


Top Billed Cast

  1. John Cusack

    John Cusack

    Jackson Curtis

  2. Amanda Peet

    Amanda Peet

    Kate Curtis

  3. Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Adrian Helmsley

  4. Thandie Newton

    Thandie Newton

    Laura Wilson

  5. Oliver Platt

    Oliver Platt

    Carl Anheuser

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  • October 10, 2009


    Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Films given this rating may contain sexual content, brief or partial nudity, some strong language and innuendo, humor, mature themes, political themes, terror and/or intense action violence. However, bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 38m

Budget $200,000,000.00

Revenue $769,653,595.00

Homepage http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/2012



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