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2012 Review – A Great Global Disaster Movie

2012 Review

2012 Film Review

2012 is a 2009 Roland Emmerich movie. Although the reviews were mixed, “2012 was an enjoyable movie with amazing special effects and crazy scenes from a real-life doomsday” according to Scott Cooper Florida.

One protagonist Adrian Helmsley is a geologist who finds the core of the earth is unstable following the damage caused by a solar flare.

The plot also follows author Jackson Curtis as he tries to get his family away from the mayhem unfolding.

There was an aggressive viral marketing campaign for 2012 culminating in a release that grossed almost $770 million against a 200 million budget.

2012 Plot

In 2009, Adrian Helmsley, an American geologist, visits Satnam Tsurutani (astrophysicist) in India. Tsurutani had discovered huge neutrinos being released by the sun. These were heating up the core, triggering the disaster.

Helmsley takes the information to Carl Anheuser, White House Chief of Staff. A meeting with President Thomas Wilson is arranged.

World leaders assemble and start secret projects to ensure the survival of humanity. The G8 countries along with China begin building 9 arks, each with a 100,000-person capacity. Funding is raised by selling tickets at $1 billion each.

By 2011, people start shifting valuables to the arks.

As the action enters 2012, a struggling science-fiction writer works starts working as a chauffeur to a Russian billionaire. Curtis’s kids are living with his ex-wife and her plastic surgeon boyfriend. Jackson takes his kids, Noah and Lilly, camping. They head out to Yellowstone Park where they come across an area zoned off by the U.S. Army. They are caught then released where they bump into Charlie Frost, a conspiracy theorist hosting a radio show in the park.

As the military evacuates the park, Jackson watched as Charlie Frost outlines his theory of a 2012 apocalyptic event wiping out the world. Anyone attempting to bring this to the public eye was to be killed.

With earthquakes breaking out across California, Jackson rents a plane. He escapes with his family as the city collapses into the Pacific. Flying to Yellowstone, they find a map with the location of the arks.

They leave as Yellowstone erupts killing Charlie Frost.

Landing in Vegas, he meets Yuri, his twins, and his girlfriend along with their pilot.

Adrian, Laura, and Carl fly to the arks on Air Force One.

President Wilson stays in Washington, D.C. to address the nation as millions of people are dying worldwide.

Carl becomes acting commander-in-chief.


Jackson’s party lands in China as their plane runs out of fuel. They escape in a Bentley stashed in the cargo hold. Sasha dies as the plane slides off a cliff. The group is spotted by Chinese helicopters.

Gordon, Yuri, and Tamara are killed at the arks by a megatsunami.

Jackson is reunited with his family. He reconciles with Kate.

27 days later, the waters start receding.

Adrian and Laura start a new life together while Jackson rekindles his romance with Kate.

2012 Cast

  • John Cusack
  • Amada Peet
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Thadiwe Newton
  • liver Platt
  • Tom McCarthy
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Danny Glover
  • Liam James
  • Mogan Lily
  • Zlatko Buric
  • Beatrice Rosen

Production and development

Emmerich said that he’d always wanted to shoot a biblical flood movie, but felt he lacked a hook. He read out crust displacement theory in The Fingerprints of God.

In February 2008, Sony Pictures Entertainment got rights to the spec script.

The movie came in under budget. It was produced for $200 million.

Filming began in, Cache Creek and Ashcroft, British Columbia, and Kamloops, Savona in June 2008.

Marketing campaign

2012 was marketed with a viral campaign by the Institute for Human Continuity, a fictional entity.

The first trailer appeared on November 12, 2008. Filmgoers could enter a lottery for rescue from the looming destruction.


2012 was released on November 13, 2009.

The DVD was released on March 2, 2010.

The two-disc Blu-ray edition is packed with over 90 minutes of extra features.

Box office

2012 grossed $166.1 (North America) and $603.5 million (other territories) making a global total of $769.6 million. The production budget was $200 million.

In 2020, there was revived interest in the film during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film’s approval rating is 40%.

 On Metacritic, the film scores 49 out of 100 indicating “mixed or average reviews”.