2012

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Include Alternate Ending; Picture-in-Picture: Roland's Vision; Commentary and movieIQ
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A hulking spectacle of surreal destruction, Roland Emmerich's 2012 is a theme-park ride masquerading as a motion picture -- the only things missing are an exclamation mark in the title and multiplex seat-jostlers to give us a good jolt when the action gets especially intense. Were Irwin Allen still alive today, he'd no doubt marvel at Emmerich's impressive ability to dispatch more people in ten seconds of screen time than Jason Voorhees did in the entire original Friday the 13th film series albeit much less creatively, of course. You can almost imagine a bulky old clamshell VHS case for 2012 on the shelf of your local video store, its title rendered in a cold, bold giant font over images of a globe cracking in half, and small, sweaty action headshots of all the stars lining the bottom of the box. Like his predecessor in mayhem, Emmerich knows what buttons to push in order to get a rise out of us. Yet despite -- or perhaps because of -- the fact that 2012 presents the ne plus ultra of bummer scenarios, this trip to the end of the world can't quite help but feel like an amalgamation of every disaster script ever written. The end of the world gets under way when an Indian scientist receives evidence of the largest solar eruption in the history of humankind, and that eruption launches a new breed of neutrinos directly into the planet's core. These powerful neutrinos are acting like millions of little microwaves, heating up the planet until the crust begins to crack and all hell breaks loose. As genius scientist Adrian Helmsley Chiwetel Ejiofor keeps President Thomas Wilson Danny Glover abreast of developments, Jackson Curtis John Cusack, a divorced, down-on-his-luck author, heads into Yellowstone National Park on a camping trip with his son, Noah Liam James, and daughter, Lilly Morgan Lily. Before long the ground is splitting open all around, sending Jackson on a mad dash to save his family as the U.S. government offers salvation to the highest bidders. Thanks to the fanaticism of a conspiracy-theory radio show host Woody Harrelson, Jackson is able to get his hands on a map detailing the location of several arks that have been constructed to ensure the survival of the human race. But those arks are halfway across the world, and as the earth continues to crumble and the poles begin to shift, reaching China in time to make the final boarding call is going to be no simple task. Let's save space and just be honest. If you paid good money to see 2012, odds are you're not looking for high human drama -- you just want to live out your fantasy of watching the world fall apart without the risk of grievous bodily harm and all the other awkward complications that go with experiencing the apocalypse firsthand. In that respect, Emmerich and his immensely talented team of special-effects artists have succeeded amicably; the apocalypse itself becomes something like the ultimate movie villain as our harried cast of survivors dodge one sensory-shattering catastrophe after another, and everyone does a commendable job of projecting sheer terror when the moment calls for it. The prospect of making a "fun" disaster movie for a post-9/11 society is something of a thankless job, but Emmerich isn't concerned with re-opening old wounds, and the early scenes of California crumbling are thoroughly cartoonish in their shameless excess. To be fair, he and co-screenwriter Harald Kloser do inject a sliver of social commentary in the final 15 minutes of the film, but by that point it comes off as somewhat disingenuous -- a stealthy means of freeing up the previous 143 for sheer end-of-the-world overload. The main problems with 2012 are bloat and repetition; in their compulsion to connect every dot in the story, Emmerich and Kloser put off the inevitable for far too long, and by the third time we witness an airplane zooming down the runway and narrowly averting disaster, our stomachs stay firmly planted in our torsos rather than jutting up into our throats. But when the pacing begins to falter, it's the film's talented cast that keeps us flailing on the hook. Though the characters are nearly all cliché -- the power-hungry government guy, the heroic everyman, and the benevolent scientist, just to name a few -- Cusack, Ejiofor, Oliver Platt, and Zlatko Buric manage to make them engaging and enjoyable. 2012 is junk-food cinema of the highest order: it satisfies your craving for something ridiculous and unhealthy, and makes no claims of having any nutritional value whatsoever. It may not rot your teeth, but there is the risk that upon exiting the theater you might have a few less ounces of grey matter than when you entered.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2010
  • UPC: 043396347076
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:38:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 27,373

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cusack Jackson Curtis
Amanda Peet Kate Curtis
Chiwetel Ejiofor Adrian Helmsley
Thandie Newton Laura Wilson
Oliver Platt Carl Anheuser
Tom McCarthy Gordon
Woody Harrelson Charlie Frost
Danny Glover President Wilson
Liam James Noah Curtis
Morgan Lily Lilly Curtis
Zlatko Buric Yuri Karpov
Zlatko Burik Yuri Karpov
Beatrice Rosen Tamara
Alexandre Haussmann Alec
Philippe Haussmann Oleg
Johann Urb Sasha
John Billingsley Professor West
Chin Han Lin Pang
Osric Chau Nima
Chang Tseng Grandfather Sonam
Lisa Lu Grandmother Sonam
Blu Mankuma Harry Helmsley
George Segal Tony Delgado
Stephen McHattie Captain Michaels
Patrick Bauchau Roland Picard
Jimi Mistry Dr. Satnam Tsurutani
Ryan McDonald Scotty
Merrilyn Gann German Chancellor
Henry O Lama Rinpoche
Patrick Gilmore Ark Communications Officer
Dean Marshall Ark Communications Officer
Ronald Selmour Ark Boarding Officer
Viv Leacock Ark Boarding Officer
Chris Boyd Ark Boarding Officer
Donna Yamamoto Ark Science Officer
Doron Bell Jr. Ark Science Officer
David Orth AF1 Lieutenant
Lyndall Grant Governor
Jason Diablo Ark Tech Officer
Ty Olsson AF1 Officer
Zinaid Memisevic President Sergey Makarenko
Vincent Cheng Chinese Colonel
Igor Morozov Russian Interpreter
B.J. Harrison Woman Comforting Child
Dominic Zamprogna Paramedic
Karin Konoval Sally - President's Secretary
Mary Gillis Jackson's Neighbor
Rick Tae Megaphone Officer
Parm Soor Saudi Prince
Gerard Plunkett Isaacs - MI6 Officer
Paul Tryl Zultan
Andrei Kovski Zultan's Trainer
Val Cole News Reporter - Tikal
Eve Harlow Cashier
Sean Tyson Interrogating Officer
Leonard Tenisci Italian Prime Minister
Michael Buffer Boxing Announcer
Daren Herbert Ship Waiter
Craig Stanghetta Vegas Rescue Worker
Mateen Devji Ajit - age 5
Qayam Devji Ajit - age 9
Jody Thompson CNN Anchor
Tanya Champoux Mrs. Birnbaum
Frank C. Turner Preacher
Kinua McWatt Yoko Delgatto
Laara Sadiq British Newscaster
Gillian Barber Curise Ship Lady
Candus Churchill Curise Ship Lady
Beverley Elliott Curise Ship Lady
Agam Darshi Aparna
Raj Lal Gurdeep
Pesi Daruwalla Dr. Lokesh
Jacob Blair AF1 Steward
Jay Williams AF1 Steward
Scott Miller Ark Naval Officer
Anna Mae Routledge Ark Naval Officer
John Stewart Pilot
Ryan Cook Surfer
Brandon Haas Surfer
Eddie Hassell Surfer
Betty Phillips Elderly Driver
Georgina Hegedos Elderly Driver
Luis Javier Vegas Tow Truck Driver
Dean Redman Vegas Fireman
Gordon Lai Security Commander
Leo Chiang Chinese Soldier
Elizabeth Richard Queen Elizabeth
Mark Docherty Field Reporter - Tikal
Mark Oliver Fundraiser Security
Kyle Riefsnyder Cho Ming Platform Officer
John Mee Angry Billionaire
Andrew Moxham Policeman
Alexandra Castillo Paris Reporter
George Trochta American Ark Steward
Farouk A. Afify Saudi Senior Security
Shaun Wilson US Army Worker
Leigh Burrows US Army Worker
Chad Riley Ark Bridge Crew
Alex Zahara Ark Bridge Crew
Thomas Parkinson Ark Bridge Crew
Jase-Anthony Griffith Ark Bridge Crew
Geoff Gustafson Ark Bridge Crew
Quentin Guyon Ark Bridge Crew
Kevin Haaland Ark Bridge Crew
Simon Leung Ark Bridge Crew
Jill Morrison Ark Bridge Crew
Leona Naidoo Ark Bridge Crew
Nicole Rudell Ark Bridge Crew
Technical Credits
Roland Emmerich Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Gitte Axen Makeup
Aaron Boyd Co-producer
David Brenner Editor
Nancy Brown Set Decoration/Design
John Burke Set Decoration/Design
Barry Chusid Production Designer
David Clarke Set Decoration/Design
Shay Cunliffe Costumes/Costume Designer
Ross Dempster Art Director
Kendelle Elliott Art Director
Peter S. Elliott Editor
Ute Emmerich Executive Producer
Volker Engel Co-producer
Larry Franco Producer
Douglas A. Girling Set Decoration/Design
Mark Gordon Producer
Tommy Gormley Asst. Director
Dan Hermansen Art Director
Harald Kloser Score Composer, Producer, Screenwriter
Jay Mitchell Set Decoration/Design
Peter Ochotta Set Decoration/Design
Paul N.J. Ottosson Sound/Sound Designer
Dean Semler Cinematographer
Peter Stratford Set Decoration/Design
Taylor Roberts Makeup
Mike Vezina Special Effects Supervisor
Thomas Wander Score Composer
April Webster Casting
Marc Weigert Co-producer
Michael Wimer Executive Producer
Kirstin Winkler Associate Producer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    What would you do if one day the world starts to fall apart? Wh


    What would you do if one day the world starts to fall apart? When your friends and family starts to get separated because they are running for their lives, these are the questions that will haunt you in the movie 2012 by Harald Kloser when you lay in bed, and think, would it ever really happen.


    In the sci-fi, drama, thriller movie “2012” by Harald Kloser, Jacksons Curtis played by John Cusack attempts to bring his children (Noah and Lily), his ex-wife Kate and her boyfriend Gordon to refuge. They are trying to escape the rapidly changing landscape. As millions of people die as a result of earthquakes families like the Curtis’ are trying to escape into an underground submarine for safety.

    Overall this film has a lot of Drama and so on. Parents and guardians maybe want to watch the preview before letting young kids to watch it, because of the sounds and parts of the graphic pictures. The music has a strong beat to go with it and it is in English. It’s an excellent well-done film by Harald Kloser.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    Totally stupid

    This is a terrible mix of "Dante's Peak" mixed with "Day After Tomorrow". The wanton distruction is too predictable. Story line is weak. Quite a waste of an evening.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    An 8000 Meter Special-Effects Tsunami!

    Dichotomous reviews such as these say as much about the reviewers as they do about the movie. In this case, whether or not the viewer was blown away or turned off probably depends on whether he can successfully suspend his disbelief. As a geology afficionado, I was willing to believe for a couple of hours that an unprecedented solar flare could bombard us with a neutron storm so intense that it would heat the earth's core and destabilize the crust. From there, all that follows makes perfect sense. The Yellowstone Caldera is ready to blow (it breathes even now) and the consequences will be as catastrophic as those portrayed in the movie. The plot is flimsy and predictable but who cares? Stunning special effects ... one after another in rapid succession kept me on the edge of my recliner. Inexperienced pilot flies small plane up out of a gantlet of collapsing buildings. Boy gets girl back and wins the respect of his son. White guys are jerks and black guys are heroes. Humanity is saved while the evil politicians and ultra-rich get their comeuppance. What's not to love? The tidal waves in 2012 make the pathetic tsunami in The Day After Tomorrow look like a ripple in a kiddie pool. The escape vessels rival the ships in Star Wars (although John Williams might have provided a few more memorable musical moments). If ever there were a 3D version, only healthy adults should be allowed to see it, and then only with written permission from a doctor. 2012 may be cheesy but it's not limburger; it's the world's best, the Brie de Meaux of its genre. It may not be today's great cinema, but I predict 2012 will be tomorrow's cult classic. Suspend your disbelief, sit back in your recliner, turn up the woofer and go for a roller coaster ride!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fantasy

    Not a bad movie, just a bit of fluff fantasy. Visuals were good of the Arks, but plane visuals and Yellowstone destruction was weak.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Forced, but interesting scientific concept

    As with many movies around the "End of the World," I thought this one was pretty well done. I really enjoyed the science behind how they described the end would come - the solar flares from the sun cooking the earth from the inside out, making the tectonic plates shift uncontrollably. From a geological standpoint, it was very interesting. At times it seeming like they had to force the suspenseful parts onto you to get you to the edge of your seat, which at times were lame. However, this was a really good movie that I would recommend because of the visuals and the discussion it can lead to following the flick!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantasy or Fact

    This film presents and extends the speculation of early civilizations' predictions of global catastrophe in December of 2012. Can anyone predict the future? Many predictions have been made in the past without their being fulfilled. This movie is an interesting devastation fantasy and is entertaining as such. Prediction? Can you predict tomorrow? If you can, this is potential history, if not, enjoy the drama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The story of this film was wonderful & enjoyable. The movie had you from the beginning following each set of events as you were taken on a seamless ride from start to finish. Usually long films can cause the viewer to loose interest.

    I would truly recomend this to anyone. Also the film had an impact on your thoughts as to the future of your life when the movie ended. This was due to the deep rooted subject matter the movie conveyed to its audience. If you believe in Chirst or not, the film has you thinking about the end of your own life time.

    Henry J
    Barbados

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Review of the movie 2012

    I enjoyed the movie. It was what I had expected because I had previously viewed the film before puchasing it. The overall quality of the disc and packaging was good to excellent. I bought the movie because I liked it after watching the movie after it had been released initially.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the better doomsday movies

    This movie starts off with the coming of the end of the world as we know it. The start being a little on the slow side but once things start picking up with the cracks of earth's crust it is non-stop until the end. The visuals are great, the performances were great, the story is the best end of the world movie I have seen yet.

    I had imagined its pretty much like all the others, they all die in the end. Instead this movie leads you to wanting a better future and making you think there may be hope for the human race after all.

    The graphics of the earth's crust breaking, the magma, the water, all of it was great. I would recommend this movie to any that have not seen it yet.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Monotonous, depressing

    Okay, what can I say about this movie? It's worse than a run-on sentence, with non-stop death and destruction, until it (yawn) gets a bit monotonous. I didn't care for the somewhat corny family that was featured, and a bunch of the other characters were nothing more than stereotypes, enhanced by wooden acting. If the world were actually to come to this state by 2012, I'd shoot myself. Any redeeming qualities to this movie? Wait, I have to think...

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Where will you be in 2012?

    I was surprised at the ending and enjoyed getting there. Cusack was believable and characters were realistic.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Special Effects....run of the mill story line

    The special effects in this movie are what will keep you watching....The plot, boring.....Acting was ok, a little corny at times, but given what the actors had to work with for a script they did the best they could. If you like "Disaster, End OF The World type movies this fits the bill.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    2012 is a 2 1/2 hour long carnival ride!

    2012 is a fun and exhilarating carnival ride of a movie! The ups & downs & razor-thin narrow escapes keep your adreneline pumping as Jackson Curtis & his family race to survive Doomsday, which is literally at their heels. With so many "end of the Earth" "science" programs clogging our TV's these days, it is refreshing to just give it a go & watch California break off the continent and slide into the Pacific Ocean. When the story pauses for scenes of the world's greatest cities coming to an end, your eye can barely form one tear before the story careens away with another twist. It's a big imaginative movie, and it's sure not rocket science, folks. Grab the popcorn, pop in the Blue Ray, tighten your lap belt and enjoy the ride. Just remember to keep your arms inside the vehicle until the ride comes to a complete stop.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Disaster Movie

    We just watched 2012 last night and really enjoyed it! I have to admit I enjoy most movies that John Cusak is in. His sarcastic tone gave a nice edge to the film. The visual effects were incredible and nicely done. We enjoyed the long list of actors in the film too...pretty impressive. The film certainly spurred discussion with the kids about history and the likelyhood of this particular outcome for Earth. (In other words the under ten crowd at our house did not sleep well and maybe the movie content was a little too much for that age)
    I would watch this film again and do highly recommend it. As far as an "end of the world" movie - it ranks right up there with one of our other favorites, "The Day After Tomorrow" with Dennis Quaid.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    It was an OK movie.

    I liked it but it was too predictable. The disaster movies seem like it the same thing over and over again.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    2012: ROTTEN!

    Rating: 9%

    Loaded with stupidity and absolute mediocrity, 2012 has nothing to offer except for a few exciting visuals.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Monotonous/depressing

    How can this be one of your picks of the week? This "adventure" is overly long--one big crash-fest. A weak story line supports this monotonous string of fires/explosions, earthquakes, tidal waves, (yawn), etc. Characters are not much more than stereotypes, some acted very cheesily.
    Depressing plot overall. What is the redeeming factor of this movie?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWFUL!

    Do not buy this movie unless you like something that insults your intelligence and you actually believe the prophecies of a people who actually performed human sacrifices.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The most overrated movie of 2009, HANDS DOWN.

    Nothing more than a typical glorified piece of eye candy with a minimalistic story chock-loaded with a grossly far-fetched plot, over-the-top action scenes and unmemorable characters portrayed through insultingly bad acting. Naturally, this film's only saving grace is the overabundance of special effects that take place in all its mind-numbing 2.5 hours. In my opinion, the only reason this movie is as big (or, at the very least, as HYPED) as it is has to do with the fact that a big-time movie company like Columbia Pictures is responsible for it as well as the fact that it does its share to milk the current 2012 craze for all it's worth. I truly despised Independence Day, what with its poor, haphazard script and overabundance of subplots concerning an entire, bloated cast of too many unlikeable (or at least easily forgettable) characters to keep track of in one sitting. Believe it or not, though, this flick exceeds even ID in that department. Even the fact that the writers cite December 21, 2012 as the supposed End of the World while so many experts have credited December 23, 2012 as being that day just screams how poorly thought-out this movie really was.

    Roland Emmerich must love it when a lot of people die, even if only in the realm of make-believe, and this movie proves exactly that. I just hope, then, that Columbia does the right thing for once and fires him once and for all and that he never makes another movie ever again with any other movie company. Trust me...only special effects junkies and 2012 conspiracy theorists will have sweet dreams of this nightmare that never should have been made in the first place for the way it glorifies Judgment Day (regardless of whether or not Judgment Day itself is real or simply mythology) and receives FAR too much credit from those who somehow enjoyed it for whatever reason.

    Shame on you, B&N, for glorifying 2012 sensitivities even more by putting a big spotlight on this movie's release, and shame on all the people who had a hand in making or otherwise supporting this tacky film.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    BIG! HUGE! COLLASSAL! GIGANTIC and UTTERLY MASSIVE!

    4.5 out of 5

    The Mayans warned us thousands of years ago that 2012 would mark the end of the world as we know it.

    They were right.

    We just didn't listen.

    Jackson Curtis (John Cusack), separated dad and smalltime novelist, goes for the ride of his life when him and his family are caught up in the end of the world in the year 2012.

    Dr. Satnam Tsurutani (Jimi Mistry) stumbled onto the truth of what was really happening to the earth back in 2009. He showed his friend and colleague Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who in turn told Carl Anheuser (Oliver Platt), who in turn told the President (Danny Glover). Plans were made. Research done. Even some advancements were made . . . but all for naught.

    Catching wind from lunatic conspiracy theorist and radio broadcaster Charlie Frost (Woody Harrelson) that all the rich folks in the world plus those who would create the perfect gene pool were to be held up in a series of arks till the disasters ran their course, Jackson Curtis takes his family on an adventure to head them off and get onboard themselves.

    Disaster after gigantic natural disaster ensues and the Curtis family narrowly escapes with their lives, that is, until they find the arks somewhere in China and learn that the powers that be have other plans in mind for humanity's survival.

    If there was any one word that I would use to describe this film, it would be "big." Actually, not just "big," but "BIG!!!!" HUGE! COLLASSAL! GIGANTIC and UTTERLY MASSIVE!

    At the time of this review, this movie is still in the theatre. It definitely is a must-see-at-the-theatre movie. You need that big screen and surround sound to do it justice.

    Everything is big scale in this one: the collapsing buildings, the giant earthquakes, the mountains crumbling, land folding over itself and falling a zillion feet to the earth's core, the tsunamis, the dust clouds-the list is endless, and everything is done HUGE. The whole time I was just sitting there with my mouth hanging open going, "Whoa . . . whoa . . ."

    Sure, there are a few convenient plot devices and a few impossible odds are overcome, but I went into this thing expecting a popcorn blockbuster with over-the-top special effects and that is exactly what I got. I left the theatre with a huge smile on my face.

    Though I personally don't buy into the world ending in 2012, this is still one worth seeing.

    Go see it. You'll love it. Good times for all.

    A.P. Fuchs
    Canister X

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