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2012 (Bilingual)

John Cusack , Thandie Newton , Roland Emmerich    DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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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-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

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film to get you thinking about the End Times Aug. 18 2010
2012 is a good film, made by the director of The Day after Tomorrow and Independence Day - you know you'll get some good action shots.

The world is about to end and only the rich can be saved - as secret ships are built by the Chinese and paid for by the Billionaires of the earth and major heads of nations met in secret in 2009 and decide on their course of action. In 2012 the catastrophe begins as the earth begins to boil and the the earth crust begins to collapses. The world as we know it is about to end and nobody can stop it!

The CGI is good, as well as the acting, though some of the shots are too far fetching, though thankfully, the man who flew the plane had a 'few' lessons instead of practising on his Play Station as in other movies!

A handful of ordinary people (the central characters) manage to fly to safety, one step at a time and tries to seek a refugee on the big ships so that life can be preserved. The film is good and reminded me of the devastation described the book of Revelation as found in the Holy Bible, just before Jesus Christ's second coming. A film to get you thinking about the End Times
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3.0 out of 5 stars it was entertaining March 7 2010
By falcon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
if nothing else,this end of the world flick form disaster specialist Roland Emmerich was entertaining.there sure was a lot of CGI used here.in fact probably ninety percent of the movie is comprised of it. December 21,2012 is the day that the Mayans predict a cataclysmic event will occur on earth,which has led to speculation that the world as we know will cease to exist.the movie only makes passing reference of the Mayan's,and instead just focus on on the destruction and mayhem side of things.maybe it's just me,but the special effects don't seems to have improved much in the last six years or so since the The Day After Tomorrow another big budget disaster opus,also from Roland Emmerich,which had a nearly comparable amount of CGI.or maybe i'm just jaded,and CGI really isn't that exciting more.either way,2012 failed to fully engage me,on an excitement level.the movie does however,has one thing in its favour.unlike many flicks of the genre,there were no real maudlin or sappy moments,no over the top corn ball inspirational speeches.and i loved Woody Harrelson's character.i also thought Thandie Newton was good as well.the movie wasn't boring.and for a movie that clocks in at 150 minutes before the end credits roll,that's something.for me,2012 is a 3/5
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed April 5 2010
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If you're looking for lots of CGI special effects, then you'd enjoy this movie. If you're looking for plot and character development, then you'll be disappointed as I was. I'm a big fan of disaster movies and have a good collection of them but this one was a disappointment. I did enjoy the special effects even though many of them were over the top in places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 12 2014
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Superbe couleur et détail impressionnant sur une Samsung UN60F8000 et un lecteur blueray de la PS3.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie! Jan. 29 2014
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I loved this movie and have been watching it quite a few times already. It was well done, great story and the stunts were awesome. Great cinematography in my opinion. Loved it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Laughable Nov. 4 2013
I discovered this movie while flipping through the channels one afternoon. I had watched documentaries about 2012 and decided it might be interesting to see Hollywood's take on the Mayan predictions. I struggled through the beginning of the movie during which I didn't really understand what was happening. There was a very deep mine in India where concerns were raised about the earth's temperature and then some people were stealing art and finally someone got blown up in a tunnel, but they didn't all connect together and I had no clue what the point of it was. After that it basically just went down hill. I'm not sure if it was bad acting, I think it was just bad writing, even the most talented actors can't do much with those lines. The main characters always seemed to just escape death each time by seconds, I actually stopped paying attention during these scenes and went about doing housework and even took out a book and started to read. But there was something about this movie that held onto me and I was curious to see if it got better, or worse. It grew more implausible as time went on and at times I found myself laughing at how ridiculous it all was. The characters fit stereotypes, my favourite being the Russian man, but there were others as well. Loved how it was a typical America is the center of the world you won't survive without us movie. Everyone remember the end of the world will start in California and apparently slowly make it's way around the world, allowing several people to be able to escape to safety on the other side of the world but only by mere seconds, in a limo, RV or small airplane. I decided on two stars because even though overall the movie was terrible, it killed some time and was so awful in parts it got me up and moving and helped me to get some house work done. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars C'est parfait
very good
Published 1 month ago by sonia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
no issues thx
Published 2 months ago by Chris Kellar
2.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood hyperbole
Good special effects, high production value and non-stop action. Yes, and even some good acting. I loved Wooky Harrelson's mad radio host routine, even if it was a little over... Read more
Published 14 months ago by James Field
5.0 out of 5 stars damage
It was a good movie but was damaged, part of the movie did not read well, cut or skip to bad it happen, every time had to go back to not miss the whole movie...
Published 16 months ago by Nicole Beaulieu
1.0 out of 5 stars 2012
ok the movie sucks its rellay bad and you should know that 2012 is fake cause they have poof now so this movie is in *******************************************
Published on Aug. 27 2012 by godzilla_fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I've watched this movie 3 times. The first time I had to mute it as I don't like it when they try and get you "on the edge of your seat" with music. Read more
Published on June 10 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars OMG - It's the Queen!
This is an almost totally ridiculous movie. I say "almost" because, you know what? I actually rather enjoyed it and found it very amusing in MANY places. Read more
Published on April 10 2011 by William's Mommy
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disaster of a Disaster Movie
There is something morally disgusting about this film. We have the imminent doom of the planet due to some bizarre tectonic shift within the earth's crust, and consequently, we... Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2011 by Moodywoody
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
The movie had good visuals, okay acting, annoying children (as usual in any movie with little girls, IE. Read more
Published on June 24 2010 by Bored Bones
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