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A buddhist monk standing against a background of the Himalayan mountains while a mega tsunami is surging over them.
Theatrical poster
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Produced by Roland Emmerich
Mark Gordon
Harald Kloser
Larry J. Franco
Ute Emmerich
Written by Harald Kloser
Roland Emmerich
Starring John Cusack
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Amanda Peet
Thandie Newton
Oliver Platt
Zlatko Burić
Morgan Lily
Liam James
John Billingsley
Thomas McCarthy
Danny Glover
Woody Harrelson
Music by Harald Kloser
Thomas Wander
Cinematography Dean Semler
Editing by David Brenner
Peter S. Elliott
Studio Centropolis Entertainment
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) November 13, 2009 (2009-11-13)
Running time 158 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $200 million[1]
Gross revenue $769,653,595[2]

2012 is a science fiction disaster film, directed by Roland Emmerich and released in 2009. The film stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and Woody Harrelson. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures. Filming began in August 2008 in Vancouver. The film briefly references Mayanism, the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, and the 2012 phenomenon in its portrayal of cataclysmic events unfolding in 2012.

The film was promoted in a marketing campaign by a fictional organization, the "Institute for Human Continuity"; this entailed a fictitious book written by Jackson Curtis titled Farewell Atlantis, and streaming media, blog updates and radio broadcasts from the apocalyptic zealot Charlie Frost at his website This Is The End. This campaign was subjected to numerous criticisms, and was regarded as a form of viral marketing.

The film received mixed to negative reviews from film critics, but topped the international box office in its first weekend with $225 million.[3] It ultimately grossed over $769 million worldwide, becoming Roland Emmerich's second highest grossing film, behind Independence Day.



In 2009, American geologist Adrian Helmsley learns that neutrinos from a massive solar flare are causing the temperature of the Earth's core to increase rapidly. Adrian informs White House Chief of Staff Carl Anheuser and United States President Thomas Wilson that this will trigger a catastrophic chain of natural disasters. Other international leaders are made aware of the situation, and they begin a massive, secret project intended to ensure humanity survives. Approximately 400,000 people are chosen to board ships called "arks" that are constructed in the Himalayas. Additional funding for the project is raised by selling tickets to the private sector for one billion euros per person.

In 2012, Jackson Curtis is a science-fiction writer in Los Angeles who works part-time as a limousine driver for Russian billionaire Yuri Karpov. Jackson's ex-wife Kate and their children Noah and Lilly live with Kate's boyfriend/med school classmate, plastic surgeon and amateur pilot Gordon Silberman. Jackson takes Noah and Lily camping in Yellowstone National Park, where they meet Charlie Frost, who hosts a radio show from the park. Charlie references a theory that suggests the Mayans predicted the world would come to an end in 2012, and claims he has knowledge and a map of the ark project. The family returns home as seismic activity increases along the west coast. After sending off Yuri and his twin sons, Alec and Oleg, Jackson grows suspicious and rents a plane to rescue his family. He collects his family and Gordon as the Earth crust displacement begins, and they escape Los Angeles using a Cessna 340 as it crumbles into the Pacific.

As millions die in earthquakes worldwide, the group flies to Yellowstone to retrieve Charlie's map. They narrowly escape as the Yellowstone caldera erupts. Charlie, who stayed behind to broadcast the eruption, is killed in the blast. Learning the arks are in China, the group lands in Las Vegas, where they meet Yuri, his sons, girlfriend Tamara and pilot Sasha. Teaming up, they secure an Antonov 500 (essentially an Antonov 225, but painted "Antonov 500" instead) aircraft and depart for China, fleeing just as Las Vegas is destroyed. Also bound for the arks aboard Air Force One are Anheuser, Helmsley, and First Daughter Laura Wilson. President Wilson chooses to remain in Washington D.C. and is killed by a mega tsunami.

Arriving in China in a crash-landing that kills Sasha, the group is spotted by the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Yuri and his sons, possessing tickets, are taken to the arks. The Curtis family, Gordon, and Tamara, who do not have tickets, are picked up by Nima, a Buddhist monk on his way to the arks. They stowaway with the help of Nima's brother, Tenzin, who has been working on the ark project. A mega tsunami approaches the site as tens of thousands of people are attempting to board the final ark, and a large impact driver becomes lodged between the gears of the ark's hydraulics chamber, preventing a boarding gate from closing and rendering the ship unable to start its engines. In the ensuing chaos, Yuri, Gordon and Tamara are killed, and the flooding ark is set adrift. Jackson and Noah free the impact driver and save the ark from hitting Mt. Everest.

When the global floodwater from the tsunamis recedes, three arks set sail for Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, which has risen in relation to sea level. Jackson reconciles with his family and Adrian starts a relationship with Laura. The film ends with a view of the Earth from space, revealing new continental landscapes.


The credits cite the bestselling non-fiction book Fingerprints of the Gods by author Graham Hancock as inspiration for the film,[4] and in an interview with the London magazine Time Out Emmerich states: "I always wanted to do a biblical flood movie, but I never felt I had the hook. I first read about the Earth's Crust Displacement Theory in Graham Hancock's Fingerprints of the Gods."[5]

Director Roland Emmerich and composer-producer Harald Kloser co-wrote a spec script titled 2012, which was marketed to major studios in February 2008. Nearly all studios met with Emmerich and his representatives to hear the director's budget projection and story plans, a process that the director had previously gone through with the films Independence Day (1996) and The Day After Tomorrow (2004).[6] Later that month, Sony Pictures Entertainment won the rights for the spec script, planning to distribute it under Columbia Pictures[7] and to make it for less than the estimated budget.[8] According to Emmerich, the film was eventually produced for about $200 million.[1]

Filming was originally scheduled to begin in Los Angeles, California, in July 2008,[9] but instead commenced in Vancouver in August 2008 and concluded in January 2009.[10] Due to the possible 2008 Screen Actors Guild strike, filmmakers set up a contingency plan for salvaging the film.[11] Uncharted Territory, Digital Domain, Double Negative, Scanline, Sony Pictures Imageworks and others were hired to create computer animated visual effects for 2012.[12] Thomas Wander co-wrote the score with Harald Kloser.

Although the film depicts the destruction of several major cultural and historical icons around the world, Emmerich stated that the Kaaba was also considered for selection. Kloser stated he had reservations over Mecca, but declined in saying he did not want a fatwā issued against him.[13][14]



The original score for the film was composed by Harald Kloser and Thomas Wander. Singer Adam Lambert contributed a song for the film titled "Time for Miracles" and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity in an interview with MTV.[19] The film's soundtrack consists of 24 tracks, and it includes the songs "Fades Like a Photograph" by Filter and "It Ain't The End of the World", performed by George Segal and Blu Mankuma, which were featured in the actual film.[20]

2012 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Film score by Harald Kloser
Released November 10, 2009
Label RCA Victor
  1. "Time for Miracles" - Performed by Adam Lambert 4:43
  2. Constellation 1:30
  3. Wisconsin 1:14
  4. U.S. Army 2:20
  5. Ready To Rumble 1:42
  6. Spirit of Santa Monica 1:21
  7. "It Ain't The End Of The World" - Performed by George Segal and Blu Mankuma 2:52
  8. Great Kid 2:17
  9. Finding Charlie 1:45
  10. Run Daddy Run 1:14
  11. Stepping Into the Darkness 1:35
  12. Leaving Las Vegas 1:44
  13. Ashes in D.C. 4:19
  14. We Are Taking the Bentley 3:43
  15. Nampan Plateau 2:51
  16. Saving Caesar 2:09
  17. Adrian's Speech 1:41
  18. Open the Gates! 2:16
  19. The Impact 1:49
  20. Suicide Mission 2:06
  21. 2012 The End of the World 1:24
  22. Collision With Mount Everest 1:09
  23. The End Is Only the Beginning 5:44
  24. "Fades Like a Photograph" - Performed by Filter 4:19


On November 12, 2008, the new studio released the first teaser trailer for 2012 that showed a tsunami surging over the Himalayas and interlaced a purportedly scientific message suggesting that the world would end in 2012, and that the world's governments were not preparing its population for the event. The trailer ended with a message to viewers to "find out the truth" by searching "2012" on search engines. The Guardian criticized the marketing effectiveness as "deeply flawed" and associated it with "websites that make even more spurious claims about 2012".[21]

The studio also launched a viral marketing website operated by the fictional Institute for Human Continuity, where filmgoers could register for a lottery number to be part of a small population that would be rescued from the global destruction.[22] David Morrison of NASA received over 1000 inquiries from people who thought the website was genuine, and condemned it. "I've even had cases of teenagers writing to me saying they are contemplating suicide because they don't want to see the world end," he said. "I think when you lie on the internet and scare children to make a buck, that is ethically wrong."[23] Another viral marketing website promotes Farewell Atlantis, a fictional suspense novel by the film's lead protagonist, about the events of 2012.[24]

Comcast had also organized a "roadblock campaign" to promote the film, where a two-minute scene from the film was broadcast across 450 American commercial television networks, local English and Spanish language stations, and 89 cable outlets within a 10-minute window between 10:50 PM EDT/PDT and 11:00 PM EDT/PDT on October 1, 2009.[25] The scene featured the destruction of Los Angeles and ended with a cliffhanger, with the entire 5-minute-38-second clip made available on Comcast's Fancast web site. The trade newspaper Variety estimated that, "The stunt will put the footage in front of 90% of all households watching ad-supported TV, or nearly 110 million viewers. When combined with online and mobile streams, that could increase to more than 140 million".[25]


2012 was originally scheduled to be released on July 10, 2009. The release date was changed to November 2009 to move out of the busy summer schedule into a time frame that the studio considered to have more potential for financial success. According to the studio, the film could have been completed for the summer release date, but the date change would give more time to the production.[26] The film was released on November 11, 2009.[27][28] It was released on Friday November 13, 2009 in Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Mexico and the United States, and was released on November 21, 2009 in Japan.[29] It was given a wide release in India on November 13, 2009. In the United Kingdom where it was released on Friday November 13, 2009, two cinemas had a screening time of 8:12pm (20:12 on a 24 hour clock) to coincide with the film's title.[30] Twenty theaters in the United Arab Emirates also screened the movie at 8:12pm (20:12 on a 24 hour clock).[31]

The DVD and Blu-ray for 2012 were released on March 2, 2010.[32] The 2-Disc Blu-ray Edition includes over 90 minutes of special features, including Adam Lambert's music video Time for Miracles and a Digital Copy for PSP, PC, Mac & iPod.[33] The European release date of 2012 on DVD is March 26, 2010. It will include the same special features as the USA version.[34]



Box office

2012 opened at number one with an estimated $65 million on its first weekend, and with $225 million at the worldwide box office in its opening weekend. The film has grossed $166.0 million in the United States and Canada markets and $602.3 million in international markets, for a worldwide total of $767,918,347 [2], making it the 5th–highest grossing film of 2009[35] and the 31st–highest grossing film of all time worldwide.[36] It surpasses Emmerich's previous disaster film The Day After Tomorrow, which grossed $544.4 million worldwide.[37]

Critical response

The film received mixed to negative reviews from film critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 39% of 212 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 5.1 out of 10.[38] Among the site's notable critics, 27% gave the film a positive write-up, based on a sample of 33. The site's consensus is that "Roland Emmerich's 2012 provides plenty of visual thrills, but lacks a strong enough script to support its massive scope and inflated length."[39] Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 1–100 reviews from film critics has a rating score of 49 based on 34 reviews.[40]

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone criticized the film by comparing it to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: "Beware 2012, which works the dubious miracle of almost matching Transformers 2 for sheer, cynical, mind-numbing, time-wasting, money-draining, soul-sucking stupidity."[41] Roger Ebert was enthusiastic about the film, giving it 3 1/2 stars out of 4, saying it "delivers what it promises, and since no sentient being will buy a ticket expecting anything else, it will be, for its audiences, one of the most satisfactory films of the year".[42] Both Ebert and Claudia Puig of USA Today called the film the "mother of all disaster movies".[42][43]

Shave Magazine said "2012 is another end-of-world movie which touts the usual message: even if nature takes over to wipe us out, humanity shall prevail." The film was ranked 3/5 stars.[44]

Television spin-off

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Emmerich confirmed that a television series based upon the film is in the works. The series is tentatively titled 2013, and will serve as a sequel to the film.[45]

Emmerich states in the interview, "The plan is that it is 2013 and it's about what happens after the disaster. It is about the resettling of Earth. That is very, very fascinating. Harald Kloser and I came up with the idea and we have the luxury of having a producer on the film who is a big TV producer, Mark Gordon. We said to Mark, 'Why don't you do a TV show that picks up where the movie leaves off and call it 2013?' I think it will focus on a group of people who survived but not on the boats ... maybe they were on a piece of land that was spared or one that became an island in the process of the crust moving. There are so many possibilities of what they could do and I'd be excited to watch it."

Stargate SG-1 Solutions Live Journal states:

There was a lot of talk that Roland Emmerich (who along with Dean Devlin brought us Stargate, the original movie) was going to make a TV series as a spin-off of his movie 2012, set following the world's devastation, but now it appears that what he pitched for the show was too expensive. He mentions Stargate in this exclusive interview with Movie Blog:

"It was very early," he said, referring to the comments he made last year. "Somebody... did the outline and when the TV station knew what we really wanted they said [it wouldn't work]."

A similar situation arose when Emmerich was approached to bring his "Stargate" to the small screen. "When I was asked to do a TV show [for] 'Stargate' I had the same problem. I just have a certain quality level and they didn't go for it, and then some people did it cheaper."

Still, for all that's happened, Emmerich understands that such is the nature of the business. "That's just how it happens. That's why I will never do TV, because it's just not my thing."


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From Wikiquote

2012 is a 2009 science fiction apocalyptic disaster film.


Jackson Curtis

  • When they tell you not to panic... that's when you run!
  • (after hearing the news reports of the mass suicide) Oh God, I'm a dead man...I'm a dead man...

Adrian Helmsley

  • The moment we stop fighting for each other, that’s the moment we lose our humanity.

News reports

  • In this mass suicide, victims adher to the Mayan calender, which predicts the end of time to occur on the 21st of December, of this year.
  • ...the death toll is expected to reach two million. The devastation in Rio de Janerio is beyond imagination. Two 8.5 tremors have left the people in the streets, desperately fighting for the last remaining resources. In the last hour, we have recieved this video from Global News Brazil...chaos has spread throughout the globe.


Carl Anheuser: So you're telling me that the new North Pole is now...somewhere in Wisconsin?!
Professor Frederic West: That's actually the South Pole.

Carl Anheuser:[about Laura Wilson] Cute girl, eh?
Adrian Helmsley: Sir?
Carl Anheuser: That was the First Daughter you were looking at.
Adrian Helmsley: I wansn't looking at her.
Carl Anheuser: Better move fast, kid. The end is near.

Noah Curtis: (staring at the Antonov An-225) Whoa, that's a big plane.
Yuri Karpov: It's Russian.

[As Yellowstone erupts...]

Jackson: Don't be scared.
Jackson: Honey, do I look scared to you? Huh?
Lilly: Yeah.

Yuri: (staring at the Hawaiian volcanic landscape) What is that?
Sasha: The state of Hawaii.
Yuri: Not good, that is not good.
Jackson: Plus, we don't have a lot of fuel left.
Sasha: We're going to have to make a water landing somewhere in the South China Sea.
Gordon: Well, at least we won't need the landing gear.
Jackson: What happened to it?
Gordon: Well, we lost it all. In Vegas.

Ark computer: Height: 29,000 feet.
Carl Anheuser: What the hell is at 29,000 feet?!
Captain Michaels: We're on a crash course for the northern face of Mount Everest, Mr. Anheuser. And if we can't start the engines...we will not survive.
Carl Anheuser: Well, just hit the ignition override!
Captain Michaels: We can't start the engines until the gates are closed.


We were warned.

The end is near.

Who will be left behind?

How would the governments of our planet prepare for the end of the world... They wouldn't.

Find out the truth. Search "2012".

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