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2012 (2009)

aka 2012

"We Were Warned."

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Details: 158 mins · English, Hindi, Russian, French, Italiano, Türkçe, Latin, Tibetan Standard, Standard Mandarin, Portuguese, Tibetan · PG-13 (USA)

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Usually I rather enjoy disaster movies. I know they're B-movies and use lots of cheap shots, but there's something about the destructive powers of nature that I find extremely fascinating. This one was a huge disappointment though, and I'm glad I didn't waste money on seeing it in the cinema. Also, I know they had to show that 'it takes all sorts', but Anheuser's selfishness infuriated me. I completely agree with Helmsley's reaction.

(Rewatch in 2018: I'd forgotten how utterly bad this is :-P However, I love disaster movies, so I still enjoyed it :)

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Not bad, but not great. Predictable.

Jackson is the kind of loser that forgets to get bug spray for the camping trip with his kids and yet, somehow, he manages to rescue them from the end of the world.

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Thank god that didn't happen!

Not that i thought it would, all you doomesdayers. Liked Woody Harrelsons character.

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Cast:

Small Jackson Curtis
Small Kate Curtis
Small Adrian Helmsley
Small President Thomas Wilson
Small Laura Wilson
Small Charlie Frost
Small Noah Curtis
Small Lilly Curtis
Small Dr. Gordon Silberman
Small Carl Anheuser
Small Yuri Karpov
Small Tamara
Small Tenzin
Small Nima
Small Grandma Sonam
Small Professor Frederic West
Small Sasha
Small Tony Delgatto
Small Harry Helmsley
Small Dr. Satnam Tsurutani
Small Aparna Tsurutani
Small Captain Michaels
Small Scotty
Small Roland Picard

Crew:

No_movie_poster Harald Kloser Writer
Small Roland Emmerich Director
Small Heidi Brook Myers ADR & Dubbing
No_movie_poster Larry J. Franco Production
No_movie_poster Harald Kloser Production
No_movie_poster Mark Gordon Production
Small Vince Vaughn Production
No_movie_poster Ryan Kavanaugh Production
Small Brian Grazer Production
No_movie_poster Roger Birnbaum Production
Small Roland Emmerich Writer
No_movie_poster David Brenner Editing
No_movie_poster Peter S. Elliot Editing

Taglines:

"We Were Warned."

"Find out the truth...if you dare."

"Who will be left behind?"

"Mankind's earliest civilization warned us this day would come..."

"First, the Mayan calendar predicted it...Now, science has confirmed it...but we never imagined it could really happen."

"The end is just the beginning."

Plot:

In 2009, Adrian Helmsley, an American geologist, visits astrophysicist Dr. Satnam Tsurutani in India and learns that neutrinos from a massive solar flare from the sun are causing the temperature of the Earth's core to increase rapidly. Adrian reports to White House Chief of Staff Carl Anheuser, who takes Adrian to meet the President of the United States.

In 2010, President Thomas Wilson and other international leaders begin a secret project to ensure humanity's survival. More than 400,000 people are chosen to board "arks" that are constructed at Cho Ming, Tibet, in the southwest Chinese Himalayas under the guise of building a dam. A Buddhist monk named Nima is evacuated while his brother Tenzin joins the workers in the Ark project. Additional funding for the project is raised by selling tickets to the private sector for €1 billion per person. By 2011, valuable items are moved to the Alps to protect them from terrorist attacks with the help of art expert and First Daughter Dr. Laura Wilson.

In 2012, Jackson Curtis is a science fiction writer in Los Angeles who works part-time as a limousine driver for the Russian billionaire, Yuri Karpov. Jackson's ex-wife Kate, and their children Noah and Lilly, live with Kate's boyfriend, plastic surgeon Gordon Silberman.

Jackson takes Noah and Lilly camping in Yellowstone National Park. After an encounter with Helmsley, they meet Charlie Frost, who hosts a radio show from the park. Charlie plays a video of Charles Hapgood's theory that polar shifts and the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar predict that the 2012 phenomenon will occur. After an earthquake hits Los Angeles, the family returns home. Jackson grows suspicious and rents a Cessna 340 to rescue his family. He collects his family and Gordon as the Earth crust displacement begins with a magnitude 10.9 earthquake, and they narrowly escape Los Angeles as California collapses into the Pacific Ocean.

As millions of people die in more destructive earthquakes and tsunamis worldwide, the group flies to Yellowstone to retrieve a map, escaping as the Yellowstone Caldera erupts, spreading volcanic ash throughout most of the United States. Charlie stays behind to broadcast the eruption and is killed. Learning that the arks are in China, the group lands in a devastated Las Vegas to find a larger plane. They find Yuri, his twin sons Alec and Oleg, girlfriend Tamara and pilot Sasha. The group secures an Antonov An-500 aircraft and they depart for China as the Yellowstone ash cloud engulfs the city. Helmsley, Anheuser and Laura Wilson are aboard Air Force One, also heading to the arks. President Wilson remains in Washington D.C. to address the nation one last time. With the Vice President dead and the Speaker of the House missing, Anheuser assumes de facto leadership. On the way to China, the Antonov group passes through Honolulu, Hawaii to refuel, but find out it has been destroyed by volcanic eruptions. President Wilson is killed by a megatsunami that sends the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy crashing into the White House.

Arriving in China in a crash landing that kills Sasha, the group is spotted by helicopters from the Chinese army. Yuri and his sons, possessing tickets, are taken to the arks, leaving the Curtis family, Gordon and Tamara behind. They are picked up by Nima and are taken to the arks with his grandparents. They stow away on Ark 4, where the contingent of the United States is on board, with the help of Tenzin. As a megatsunami approaches the site, an impact driver becomes lodged in the gears of the ark's hydraulic doors, preventing a boarding gate from closing and preventing the ship from starting its engines. In the ensuing chaos, Yuri, Gordon and Tamara are killed. Tenzin is wounded by the hydraulics, and Ark 4 is set adrift. Jackson and Noah dislodge the impact driver and the crew regains control of the ark before it collides with Mount Everest.

After flood waters from the tsunamis recede, the arks travel to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, where the African continent has risen in elevation. Jackson rejoins with his family, and Helmsley starts a relationship with Laura.

Release Dates:

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DVD : 2010-03-02 : United States of America

DVD : 2010-03-26