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From Roland Emmerich, director of THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW and INDEPENDENCE DAY, comes the ultimate action-adventure film, exploding with groundbreaking special effects. As the world faces a catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions, cities collapse and continents crumble. 2012 brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors. Starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson and Danny Glover.
Now this is how you destroy the world. Roland Emmerich's 2012 pounces on a Nostradamus-style loophole in the Mayan calendar and rams the apocalypse through it, gleefully conjuring up an enormous amount of Saturday-matinee fun in the process. A scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor) detects shifting continental plates and sun flares and realizes that this foretells the imminent destruction of the planet. Just as the molten lava is about to hit the fan, a novelist (John Cusack) takes his kids on a trip to Yellowstone; later he'll hook up with his ex (Amanda Peet) and her new boyfriend (Tom McCarthy) in a global journey toward safety. If there is any safety. The suitably hair-raising plot lines are punctuated--frequently, people, frequently--by visions of mayhem around the globe: the Vatican falls over, the White House is clobbered (Emmerich's Independence Day was not enough on that score), and the California coastline dives into the Pacific Ocean. Unlike other action directors we could name, Emmerich actually understands how to let you see and drink in these vast special-effects vistas--and they are incredible. He also honors the old Irwin Allen disaster-movie tradition by actually shelling out for good actors. Cusack and Ejiofor are convincing even in the cheesiest material; toss in Danny Glover (the U.S. president), Woody Harrelson (a nut-bar conspiracy-theorizing radio host), Thandie Newton, and Oliver Platt, and you've got a very watchable batch of people. Emmerich hasn't developed an ear for dialogue, even at this stage in his career, and the final act goes on a bit too long. This is a very silly movie, but if you've got a weakness for B-movie energy and hairbreadth escapes, 2012 delivers quite a bit of both. --Robert Horton
Stills from 2012 (Click for larger image)
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"2012" is one of my favorite natural disaster/end of the world type movies. This movie has great actors (I love John Cusack) and the graphics are done very well. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by K. Lopshire
I bought this DVD for the sole purpose for the alternate ending. Well they never said that the Special Edition was worthless unless used in 2011
if I had known this I would... Read more
One of the better disaster movies! If you like big action disaster movies, this one fits the bill! The science is fairly plausible which adds to the film. Very action packed. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Hassan Seaton
Great special effects and a passable story. If you like disaster movies, you will love this.Published 5 days ago by Sharon L. Bradt
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|Have you noticed they are always 3 second away from being killed?||
This seemed like a video game for me where at the end of each level you narrowly miss death, not even games are this bad!
Mar 6, 2010 by C. Alcatraz | See all 8 posts
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You've accepted every other impossibility but the ARKS are the things that make this movie go from realistic to fantasy for you? How about that they continually rendezvous with the russians? The dog returns? They're able to gain access to what one would assume is the most secure craft in the... Read More
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|Digital Copy expired?||
I think the answer is basically "no." This has happened before with digital copies I've bought from Amazon. (it's not Amazon's fault -- it was set up that way the distributor/studio licensed it.) I noticed that nowhere on the produce page does it mention the Digital Copy anymore. It... Read More
Dec 19, 2012 by P. M. Bego | See all 2 posts
|additional languages & subtitles?||
Walmart and bestbuy shown the DVD version with english and french audio and subtitles. No spanish available.
Mar 1, 2010 by C. Calderon | See all 4 posts
|what was the breed of the tiny dog ?||
It was a pekingnese I believe or perhaps a tibetan spaniel.
Nov 18, 2009 by Serene Night | See all 5 posts
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