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  • Actors: John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt
  • Directors: Roland Emmerich
  • Writers: Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser
  • Producers: Aaron Boyd, Harald Kloser, Kirstin Winkler, Larry J. Franco, Marc Weigert
  • Format: Colour, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 158 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (475 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003188AIM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,993 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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-theorising 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

Synopsis

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.

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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535 of 586 people found the following review helpful By Vaughan on 1 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
I have looked at some of the reviews, and as much as anything I wanted to write a couple of lines simply to counter things.

There are far too many people who want to come across as insightful, so very seriously aware viewers, who know the hidden agenda going on, and can't be fooled into watching brainless entertainment without giving back a whole load of disdain. However, if you want a battleground for such debate, I hardly think 2012 is the proper place.

This movie is from the guy who make 10,000 BC, Godzilla, and The Day After Tomorrow. It's a disaster movie. It's a soap opera. As such it has all the cardboard characters, the ridiculous cliffhangers, the simple dialog, and all the depth of a pond. On the other hand, it has spectacular effects, load bangs, literary seismic events. Some characters won't make it, some will become unlikely heroes. Which ones? Watch The Towering Inferno from the 70's to find out, it's all the same.....

But then, what was this movie trying to do? Some here are talking about the political message, the "new world order". I truly think they must be having a laugh on us. This film has been made many times, and it'll be made many times more. It's exciting at times, daft, silly and ridiculous. It's a disaster, after all.

What more do you want? You want politics? Go elsewhere. Who'd have thought an American movie, made largely for the American market, financed by American dollars, would center itself on American ideals, and the American way of life? Are we really shocked?

This is a five not because it's a good film, but because it does what it says on the tin. And for those concerned, it's okay to simply be entertained sometimes, honestly, it is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan on 29 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
To give you a frame of reference - I'll give you a brief picture about my viewing habits.

I'm not a movie snob and I like a good disaster movie. Usually, they're implausible but I will suspend my disbelief to the nth degree in order to allow the movie to deliver. It's very rare that I'll give that up and become critical. Independence Day / Cloverfield etc etc - no matter how mad, I let it wash over me.

I first chocked on a scene where John Cusack crashed through the ground floor of an already collapsing sky scraper - in a limo .. with wife and kids in it. Heart stopping? No - just unbelievable.

Before long it became clear that the entire film was a series of 'just in time' elaborate action sequences glued together with cliche and a cast of stereotypes that you couldn't give a damn about. I found myself laughing our loud frequently as the the film took the implausible and twisted it to be the insane.

For example - a Russian military grade transport plane (co-piloted by a guy who's been training on a single prop) is heading to China but is short of fuel. When it crashes and the passengers escape out of the back in a Bentley at circa 200 mph - they find that because of the earth crust displacement (skin of the earth slipping around the core) China has actually moved towards them and they are within spitting distance of their destination.

Worse than all that - the entire cast lack any depth. Shallower than the shallow end of a kiddies swimming pool in a drought. The Step Dad, whome the kids are at pains to point out they love early on in the film, gets dragged through the grinding metal gears of a hydraulic bay door mechanism of a ship and turned into a pancake.
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65 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Sutton on 12 April 2010
Format: Blu-ray
If you sit down to watch 2012, like I did, you're probably not in it for the characters or Oscar worthy acting, or any kind of real emotional imput. No, you're in it for the thrills and spills, the relentless breathtaking superb CGI orgies of special effects and riveting explosions.

So you'll be pleased that this movie delivers its promise. I don't see the point of people writing about the poor acting or 2D characters because this is not what this movie is about. It is no more than a B movie pop corn action flick, which you sit down to watch on a Saturday night to loose yourself in the silliness of this action epic purely to be entertained. I agree that the characters are very badly conceived. None are particularly likeable and most others are annoying. This can be frustrating because you feel that if the actors and producers had taken the time to make the characters more likable this movie would be so much better off for it. For a start it would become instantly more compelling because you'd be willing the characters to survive, unfortunately you just don't care.

While the script is very loose, the dialogue is bland and the acting close to embarrassing for all concerned - the effects seem beyond our time and are the most exquisite I have seen to date. I had to marvel at how calm the characters seemed in some absolutely absurd scenarios, when buildings are collapsing all around them, they have no real fear or shock in there expressions and it takes away all the believability. It's hard enough to believe anyway, as the action is very far fetched, but undeniably brilliant. I just felt if the acting had been stronger the sense of peril would be greater, so the action moments would feel more intense, scarier and slightly more realistic.
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