A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind. Dr. Adrian Helmsley, part of a worldwide geophysical team investigating the effect on the earth of radiation from unprecedented solar storms, learns that the earth's core is heating up. He warns U.S. President Thomas Wilson that the crust of the earth is becoming unstable and that without proper preparations for saving a fraction of the world's population, the entire race is doomed. Meanwhile, writer Jackson Curtis stumbles on the same information. While the world's leaders race to build “arks” to escape the impending cataclysm, Curtis struggles to find a way to save his family. Meanwhile, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes of unprecedented strength wreak havoc around the world.
Critic reviews of 2012
“Volcanoes spew lava bombs, earthquakes tear up city blocks,
skyscrapers topple, California sinks beneath the waves, and it's an amazing
Jason Best – Movie Talk
“2012's relentless emphasis on destruction ensures that most viewers
will inevitably walk away satisfied.”
David Nusair – Reel Film Reviews
“It's over two-and-a-half hours of Roland Emmerich simulating the
experience of the "ID4” dog outrunning the fireball. It's slaphappy
ludicrousness taken to an epic level."
Dan Fienberg – HitFix