Its the summer of 2012 and a would be writer is franticly trying to get ready for a camping trip with his kids. Both his wife and his 2 kids left him because he was so obsessed with writing his book that he lost sight of everything else. So now he does what he can to get by as a limo driver for a rich Russian mogul, Yuri Karpov (Zlatko Buric) which gives him time to try and write. This weekend though he is going to be spending it with his kids in Yellowstone Nation Park so that he can reconnect with them. Little does he know that the trip he is going to take is going to send him and his family on a grand and epic journey across the globe.
The Mayans predicted that a major event would happen on the winter solstice of 2012 that would change the face of the earth and be the end of all mankind, at least that is how people interpret it. Of course predictions like this have no bearing on science but one named Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is not so sure any more. He and his colleague in India, Dr. Satnam Tsurutani (Jimi Mistry) have found that the Sun’s neutrinos are heating up the core of the planet. Bothe men and their teams believe that it will eventually lead to massing Earth Crust Displacement that would spell doom for the entire planet. This information and news sends Adrian rushing back to the states to let Carl Anheuser (Oliver Platt), the White House Chief of Staff, know what is happening.
Six months later we see the President of the United States, Thomas Wilson (Danny Glover) informing the other heads of state at a G8 Summit. A plan is made and then China starts construction of ships that will be used to save humanity. All of this of course takes money so the governments of the world start selling tickets to the wealthiest of individuals so that the plan can be put into motion. The price tag? Over a BILLION Euros EACH! For every single seat sold that is the cost of salvation from the Sun and Earth’s wrath that is coming. They don’t tell the public, just those that have a need to know and those that have purchased seats. It is one of the most massive and heavily guarded projects and secrets in modern time and the governments will do anything to keep it a secret so that they can preserve the world order.
Jackson Curtis (John Cusack), the limo driver, is on the way to get his kids for a vacation. He wants to show his son Noah Curtis (Liam James) and his daughter Lilly Curtis (Morgan Lily) some of the places where he and their mother Kate Curtis (Amanda Peet) used to camp in Yellowstone. This trip is a way for him to be able to reconnect with his kids and to spend more time with them since his wife left him and took the kids. It is on the trip that they hear a crazy man Charlie Frost (Woody Harrelson) on the radio talking about the end of the world. Earthquakes have been happening but they always do so they just pass him off as a nut and continue on. He gets along great with his daughter but his son is always praising their step father Gordon Silberman (Thomas McCarthy), a plastic surgeon from Beverly Hills. He just goes on and on about how great he is even though he knows that it is hurting his father. He even goes further by constantly calling his father by his name, Jackson, to rub it in that he is not part of their family any more.
It is when they are at Yellowstone that things start to fall apart. We know by the newscasts that they show that the 2012 Summer Olympics are starting in London as riots are breaking out world wide about the economy. A massive quake hits LA, splitting in half the store that Kate always shops at and we find out that the Earth is heating up faster then anyone had thought. This is where the film really starts to pick up speed and sends the viewer down a roller-coaster of events that you just can not and do not want to miss. We see massive fires, explosions, buildings falling and more before we finally get to the end.
In this film we see just how humanity can overcome its shortfalls and help one another to survive. It shows just how civilized man can be in the face of utter and totally extinction and destruction. You never know what or how man is going to really survive till the last few minutes of the film. 2012 grabs you and just wont let go till you get to see what the world looks like and how man has been able to overcome its base nature to be able to survive with one another. In the end we have new poles, new loves and loves lost and found again. It is definitely worth seeing one or twenty times. Watch it once and you will see what I mean. I think I will go watch it again!
I give this film a Musing review of