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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

  6. Tom McCarthy

    Tom McCarthy

    Dr. Gordon Silberman

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 38m

Budget $200,000,000.00

Revenue $769,653,595.00

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

Release Information

  • October 10, 2009
    PG-13, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

And the public gets what the public wants.

Roland Emmerich was armed with a $200 million budget, and this is what it produced. It's an easy film to dislike from an intellectual level, artistically as well, while the science fiction boffins no doubt had kittens where the science was concerned. It's also easily one hour too long in length, and come the second half of the marathon it starts to sag. There's only so many times you can watch your lead protagonists escape crumbling carnage - via various modes of transport - before the fun factor begins to wane. However.

The carnage effects are g... read the rest.

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