2012 (2009)



Critic Consensus: Roland Emmerich's 2012 provides plenty of visual thrills, but lacks a strong enough script to support its massive scope and inflated length.

Movie Info

Roland Emmerich delivers another large-scale disaster picture with 2012, a Sony Pictures Entertainment production detailing the year when many ancient scribes predicted that the world would end, with John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, and Oliver Platt filling out the cast. The director co-wrote the script with his 10,000 B.C. writer/composer Harald Kloser.

Rating: PG-13 (for intense disaster sequences and some language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 9, 2010
Box Office: $166.1M
Sony Pictures/Columbia - Official Site


John Cusack

as Jackson Curtis
Chiwetel Ejiofor

as Adrian Helmsley
Thandie Newton

as Laura Wilson
Oliver Platt

as Carl Anheuser
Tom McCarthy

as Gordon Silberman
Woody Harrelson

as Charlie Frost
Danny Glover

as President Thomas Wil...
Liam James

as Noah Curtis
Morgan Lily

as Lilly Curtis
Zlatko Buric

as Yuri Karpov
Zlatko Burik

as Yuri Karpov
John Billingsley

as Professor West
Chin Han

as Tenzin
Chang Tseng

as Grandfather Sonam
Lisa Lu

as Grandmother Sonam
Blu Mankuma

as Harry Helmsley
George Segal

as Tony Delgado
Stephen McHattie

as Captain Michaels
Patrick Bauchau

as Roland Picard
Jimi Mistry

as Dr. Satnam Tsurutani
Merrilyn Gann

as German Chancellor
Henry O

as Lama Rinpoche
Patrick Gilmore

as Ark Communication Of...
Dean Marshall

as Ark Communication Of...
Ronald Selmour

as Ark Boarding Officer
Viv Leacock

as Ark Boarding Officer
Chris Boyd

as Ark Boarding Officer
Donna Yamamoto

as AF1 Science Officer
Doron Bell Jr.

as AF1 Science Officer
David Orth

as AF1 Lieutenant
Lyndall Grant

as Governor
Jason Diablo

as Ark Tech Officer
Ty Olsson

as AF1 Officer
Zinaid Memisevic

as President Sergey Mak...
Vincent Cheng

as Chinese Colonel
Igor Morozov

as Russian Interpreter
B.J. Harrison

as Woman Comforting Chi...
Karin Konoval

as Sally - President's ...
Mary Gillis

as Jackson's Neighbor
Rick Tae

as Megaphone Officer
Parm Soor

as Saudi Prince
Gerard Plunkett

as Isaacs - M6 Officer
Paul Tryl

as Zultan
Andrei Kovski

as Zultan's Trainer
Val Cole

as News Reporter - Tika...
Eve Harlow

as Cashier
Sean Tyson

as Interrogating Office...
Leonard Tenisci

as Italian Prime Minist...
Michael Buffer

as Boxing Announcer
Daren A. Herbert

as Ship Waiter
Craig Stanghetta

as Vegas Rescue Worker
Mateen Devji

as Ajit - age 5
Qayam Devji

as Ajit - age 9
Jody Thompson

as CNN Anchor
Tanya Champoux

as Mrs. Birnbaum
Kinua McWatt

as Yoko Delgatto
Laara Sadiq

as British Newscaster
Gillian Barber

as Cruise Ship Lady
Candus Churchill

as Cruise Ship Lady
Beverley Elliott

as Cruise Ship Lady
Agam Darshi

as Aparana
Raj Lal

as Gurdeep
Pesi Daruwalla

as Dr. Lokesh
Jacob Blair

as AF1 Steward
Jay Williams

as AF1 Steward
Denny Miller

as Ark Naval Officer
Anna Mae Routledge

as Ark Naval Officer
Ryan Cook

as Surfer
Betty Phillips

as Elderly Driver
Georgina Hegedos

as Elderly Driver
Luis Javier

as Vegas Tow Truck Driv...
Dean Redman

as Vegas Fireman
Gordon Lai

as Security Commander
Mark Docherty

as Field Reporter - Tik...
Mark Oliver

as Fundrariser Security
Andrew Moxham

as Policeman
Alexandra Castillo

as Paris Reporter
Farouk A. Afify

as Saudi Senior Securit...
Shaun Wilson

as US Army Worker
S. Leo Chiang

as Chinese Soldier
Elizabeth Richard

as Queen Elizabeth
Kyle Riefsnyder

as Cho Ming Platform Of...
John Mee

as Angry Billionaire
George Trochta

as American Ark Steward
Geoff Gustafson

as Ark Bridge Crew
Alex Zahara

as Ark Bridge Crew
Jase-Anthony Griffith

as Ark Bridge Crew
Jill Morrison

as Ark Bridge Crew
Thomas Parkinson

as Ark Bridge Crew
Leona Naidoo

as Ark Bridge Crew
Quentin Guyon

as Ark Bridge Crew
Nicole Rudell

as Ark Bridge Crew
Chad Riley

as Ark Bridge Crew
Simon Leung

as Ark Bridge Crew
Kevin Haaland

as Ark Bridge Crew
Leigh Burrows

as US Army Worker
Scott Miller

as Ark Naval Officer
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Critic Reviews for 2012

All Critics (240) | Top Critics (44)

Cusack, with his one-of-the-guys face and his nice way with child actors, does creditable work as an Average American Dad trying to put things right.

Full Review… | August 9, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

2012 is the rare case of a bad film that I'm nevertheless obliged to recommend you see.

Full Review… | August 9, 2010
Top Critic

2012 is reminiscent of yesteryear '80s shlock-tastic blockbusters -- total popcorn entertainment with ridiculous dialogue and impossible situations and special effects that will boggle the brain for a good two-plus hours.

Full Review… | August 9, 2010
New York Observer
Top Critic

...seriously, how often do we want to escape into worlds that are hell-bent on ravaging our sense of security with invading aliens and furious natural disasters?

Full Review… | August 9, 2010

You cannot say, in the terms of the life and career that Emmerich has built for himself, this is not the apex of his work. The world blows up. The world blows up a lot. The world blows up fantastically. There are worst quests in life.

Full Review… | August 9, 2010

Emmerich favours hoisting his camera high and dry to give audiences the best panoramic view, but it removes all tension from proceedings - you're always at a safe distance.

Full Review… | August 9, 2010

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