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.

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Disaster movie maven Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) crafts this apocalyptic sci-fi thriller following the prophecy stated by the ancient Mayan calendar, which says that the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012. When a global cataclysm thrusts the world into chaos, divorced writer and father Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) joins the race to ensure that humankind is not completely wiped out. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, and Oliver Platt round out the cast of this end-of-the-world thriller co-scripted by the director and his 10,000 B.C. writer/composer, Harald Kloser.
PG-13 (for intense disaster sequences and some language)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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John Cusack
as Jackson Curtis
Woody Harrelson
as Charlie Frost
Chiwetel Ejiofor
as Adrian Helmsley
Oliver Platt
as Carl Anheuser
Ty Olsson
as AF1 Officer
Danny Glover
as President Thomas Wilson
George Segal
as Tony Delgado
Jimi Mistry
as Dr. Satnam Tsurutani
Thandie Newton
as Laura Wilson
Patrick Bauchau
as Roland Picard
John Billingsley
as Professor West
Dominic Zamprogna
as Paramedic
Zlatko Buric
as Yuri Karpov
Viv Leacock
as Ark Boarding Officer
Stephen McHattie
as Captain Michaels
Gerard Plunkett
as Isaacs - M6 Officer
Lisa Lu
as Grandmother Sonam
Blu Mankuma
as Harry Helmsley
Alex Zahara
as Ark Bridge Crew
Dean Marshall
as Ark Communication Officer
Rick Tae
as Megaphone Officer
Jay Williams
as AF1 Steward
Chang Tseng
as Grandfather Sonam
Mark Oliver
as Fundrariser Security
Ryan McDonald
as Scotty
Alexandra Castillo
as Paris Reporter
Andrew Moxham
as Policeman
Agam Darshi
as Aparana
Johann Urb
as Sasha
Henry O
as Lama Rinpoche
Gillian Barber
as Cruise Ship Lady
Frank C. Turner
as Preacher
Chris Boyd
as Ark Boarding Officer
Laara Sadiq
as British Newscaster
Jody Thompson
as CNN Anchor
Donna Yamamoto
as AF1 Science Officer
Patrick Gilmore
as Ark Communication Officer
Karin Konoval
as Sally - President's Secretary
Doron Bell Jr.
as AF1 Science Officer
Dean Redman
as Vegas Fireman
Georgina Hegedos
as Elderly Driver
Denny Miller
as Ark Naval Officer
Daren A. Herbert
as Ship Waiter
David Orth
as AF1 Lieutenant
Eddie Hassell
as Surfer
Beverley Elliott
as Cruise Ship Lady
Morgan Lily
as Lilly Curtis
Jill Morrison
as Ark Bridge Crew
Sean Tyson
as Interrogating Officer
Eve Harlow
as Cashier
Anna Mae Routledge
as Ark Naval Officer
Geoff Gustafson
as Ark Bridge Crew
Merrilyn Gann
as German Chancellor
S. Leo Chiang
as Chinese Soldier
Luis Javier
as Vegas Tow Truck Driver
Betty Phillips
as Elderly Driver
Craig Stanghetta
as Vegas Rescue Worker
Simon Leung
as Ark Bridge Crew
Zinaid Memisevic
as President Sergey Makarenko
Tom McCarthy
as Gordon Silberman
Liam James
as Noah Curtis
Mary Gillis
as Jackson's Neighbor
Michael Buffer
as Boxing Announcer
Candus Churchill
as Cruise Ship Lady
Zlatko Burik
as Yuri Karpov
B.J. Harrison
as Woman Comforting Child
Ronald Selmour
as Ark Boarding Officer
Elizabeth Richard
as Queen Elizabeth
Jason Diablo
as Ark Tech Officer
Mark Docherty
as Field Reporter - Tikal
Val Cole
as News Reporter - Tikal
Kevin Haaland
as Ark Bridge Crew
Tanya Champoux
as Mrs. Birnbaum
Jase-Anthony Griffith
as Ark Bridge Crew
Osric Chau
as Nima
Lyndall Grant
as Governor
Vincent Cheng
as Chinese Colonel
Igor Morozov
as Russian Interpreter
Parm Soor
as Saudi Prince
Paul Tryl
as Zultan
Andrei Kovski
as Zultan's Trainer
Leonard Tenisci
as Italian Prime Minister
Mateen Devji
as Ajit - age 5
Qayam Devji
as Ajit - age 9
Kinua McWatt
as Yoko Delgatto
Raj Lal
as Gurdeep
Pesi Daruwalla
as Dr. Lokesh
Jacob Blair
as AF1 Steward
Ryan Cook
as Surfer
Brandon Haas
as Surfer
Gordon Lai
as Security Commander
Kyle Riefsnyder
as Cho Ming Platform Officer
John Mee
as Angry Billionaire
George Trochta
as American Ark Steward
Farouk A. Afify
as Saudi Senior Security
Shaun Wilson
as US Army Worker
Leigh Burrows
as US Army Worker
Chad Riley
as Ark Bridge Crew
Thomas Parkinson
as Ark Bridge Crew
Nicole Rudell
as Ark Bridge Crew
Leona Naidoo
as Ark Bridge Crew
Quentin Guyon
as Ark Bridge Crew
Chin Han Ng
as Tenzin
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Critic Reviews for 2012

All Critics (238) | Top Critics (45)

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… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 5, 2011
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… | December 7, 2009
New York Observer
Top Critic

Even though this movie's running time of two and a half hours is about one hour too long, there's still some pretty cool disaster stuff on the way.

November 16, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

2012 is so long, and its special effects are at once so outrageous and so thunderously predictable, that by the time I lurched from the theatre I felt that three years had actually passed and that the apocalypse was due any second.

Full Review… | November 16, 2009
New Yorker
Top Critic

[Nothing] will give you more respect for how difficult it is to be an actor than watching top talent like John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet and Oliver Platt struggling to treat the film's ungodly language and situations with perfect seriousness.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 2012


I got bored incredibly fast. It has fascinating visual effects. And that is where it stops. There are serious issues of race and class struggle that start to peak up towards the end of the movie, but instead of making the movie interesting by exploring these avenues more, Emmerich returns the focus to the most obnoxious of lead characters.

Nikhil Nandu
Nikhil Nandu

Super Reviewer


I suppose the general idea behind the film was noble, but why did they have to write such a crappy story for it. It's a given to say that the visual effects are excellent. But a decent plot, if such a think ever existed in disaster flicks, would've been a nice touch.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


Visually breathtaking in every shape and form, indeed, but the film's lack of impact and delivery combined with the lengthy duration doesn't capture the audience attention and fear of extinction. Roland Emmerich's 2012 provided a laughable plot and less-than-dramatic storyline to make the entire motion picture to be more disastrous than what the Mayans had predicted. 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


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