2012 (film)

2012 is a 2009 American disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich.  It was produced by Emmerich’s production company, Centropolis Entertainment and was distributed by Columbia Pictures. Filming began in August 2008 in Vancouver, although it was originally planned to be filmed in Los Angeles.

Plot

In 2009, Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor), an American geologist, visits astrophysicist Dr. Satnam Tsurutani (Jimi Mistry) in India and learns that neutrinos from a massive solar flare are causing the temperature of the Earth’s core to increase. Adrian gives a report on this to White House Chief of Staff Carl Anheuser (Oliver Platt) who ends up taking Adrian to meet the President of the United States.

In 2010, President Thomas Wilson (Danny Glover) and other international leaders begin a secret project to ensure humanity’s survival. Approximately 400,000 people are chosen to board “arks” that are constructed at Cho Ming, Tibet in the Himalayas. At the same time, as the People’s Liberation Army are gathering volunteers, a Buddhist monk named Nima (Osric Chau) is evacuated while his brother Tenzin (Chin Han) joins the workers in the Ark project. Additional funding for the project is raised by selling tickets to the private sector for €3.333 million per person. By 2011, humanity’s valuable treasures are moved to the Himalayas under the guise of protecting them from terrorist attacks with the help of art expert and First Daughter Dr. Laura Wilson (Thandie Newton).

In 2012, Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) is a science fiction writer in Los Angeles who works part-time as a limousine driver for a Russian billionaire, Yuri Karpov (Zlatko Burić). Jackson’s ex-wife, Kate (Amanda Peet), and their children Noah (Liam James) and Lilly (Morgan Lily), live with Kate’s boyfriend, plastic surgeon Gordon Silberman (Thomas McCarthy).

Jackson takes Noah and Lilly camping in Yellowstone National Park. After an encounter with Helmsley, they meet Charlie Frost (Woody Harrelson), who hosts a radio show from the park. Charlie plays a video of Charles Hapgood’s theory that polar shifts and the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar predict that the 2012 phenomenon will occur. He has a map of the Ark project, in addition to information about officials and scientists from around the world who were murdered after planning to alert the public. The family returns home as seismic activity vastly increases along the west coast of the United States. Jackson grows suspicious and rents a plane to rescue his family. He collects his family and Gordon as the displacement of Earth’s crust begins, and they narrowly escape Los Angeles as the city disintegrates and slides into the Pacific Ocean.

As millions die in catastrophic earthquakes worldwide, the group flies to Yellowstone to retrieve Charlie’s map, escaping as the Yellowstone Caldera erupts. Charlie stays behind to broadcast the eruption and is killed in the blast, which is expected to spread enormous, deadly dust storms throughout the surrounding states. Learning that the arks are in China, the group lands in Las Vegas to find a larger plane. They meet Yuri, his twin sons Alec and Oleg (played by Alexandre and Philippe Haussmann), girlfriend Tamara (Beatrice Rosen), and pilot Sasha (Johann Urb). The group secures an Antonov 500 aircraft and departs for China. Also heading for the arks aboard Air Force One are Anheuser, Helmsley, and Laura Wilson. President Wilson remains in Washington, D.C. to address the nation one last time. With the Vice President dead and the Speaker of the House missing, Anheuser becomes the acting commander-in-chief. President Wilson is later killed by a megatsunami that sends the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy crashing into the White House.

Arriving in China in a crash landing that kills Sasha, the group is spotted by the People’s Liberation Army. Yuri and his sons, possessing tickets, are taken to the arks, leaving Tamara and the others behind. They are picked up by Nima (Osric Chau), a Buddhist monk and are taken to the arks with his grandparents (Lisa Lu and Chang Tseng). They stow away on the ark with the help of Tenzin, Nima’s brother, who works as the ark’s welder. As the ark’s tailgate is lowered, Gordon is crushed by the gears, followed by Tenzin’s large impact driver. Yuri sacrifices his life to get his twin sons aboard in time, but the obstruction prevents the gate from closing, rendering the ship unable to start its engines. The tsunami arrives and begins to flood the ark, drowning Tamara and setting the ark helplessly adrift. Jackson and Noah work together to free the impact driver and its cable from the closing mechanism. The gate closes and the crew regains control of the ark before it collides with Mount Everest.

After flood waters from the tsunamis recede, the arks travel to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa where the Drakensberg Mountains have risen in relation to sea level and become the tallest mountains in the world. Jackson is rejoined with his family, and Helmsley starts a relationship with Laura. The final scene shows that Africa and some land masses remain above sea level.

Critical response

The film received generally mixed reviews from film critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 40% of 2012 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 6.1 out of 10.[35] Among the site’s notable critics, 49% gave the film a positive write-up, based on a sample of 34.[35] The site’s consensus is that “Roland Emmerich’s 2012 provides plenty of visual thrills, but lacks a strong enough script to support its massive scope and inflated length.”[36] Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 1–100 reviews from film critics, has a rating score of 49 based on 34 reviews.

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone criticized the film by comparing it to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: “Beware 2012, which works the dubious miracle of almost matching Transformers 2 for sheer, cynical, mind-numbing, time-wasting, money-draining, soul-sucking stupidity.”[38] Roger Ebert was enthusiastic about the film, giving it 3½ stars out of 4, saying it “delivers what it promises, and since no sentient being will buy a ticket expecting anything else, it will be, for its audiences, one of the most satisfactory films of the year”.[39] Both Ebert and Claudia Puig of USA Today called the film the “mother of all disaster movies”.

剧情附会由古代玛雅人历法纪元终结而衍生的先知,描述2012年时发生应验该预言的全球性天灾[1]。由于超强太阳活动,触发地幔异变,导致地壳结构剧烈变化,人类文明及地表生态即将遭受极大冲击。

剧变爆发前三年,一位印度的科学家用一座矿井改造的微中子探测器发现了一个可怕的事实,由于受到太阳活动的影响,微中子放射量倍增,引发地壳内部的温度迅速升高,导致深层地下水沸腾。这位印度科学家将这件事告诉美国科学参事安达瑞,安达瑞便觉此事非同小可并上报美国政府高层。美国总统及八大工业国领袖证实上述危机后,多国政府随即联手展开应变措施,但同时对全世界公众严格保密。剧变前夕,一名失意的美国作家兼俄罗斯富商尤里的私人司机-杰克森(约翰·库萨克饰)带他的子女前往黄石公园旅游,发现有着一段美好回忆的湖泊已经干涸,而这个地区也已经成为政府的秘密地质监测设施,他们也因闯入禁区而被军方逮捕。然而在基地中,杰克森初遇读过自己作品的安达瑞,在他的帮助下,杰克森和两个孩子便很快被释放。夜晚露营时,杰克森从一位坚信阴谋论及末世论的私营电台主持人之处,得知关于政府应变计划的情报和谣言。

当杰克森与亲人设法逃离因地壳剧变而没入海中的加州时,各国领袖亦启动机密应变机制。在超级天灾席卷全球之际,政府要员、科学家、平民、富豪,纷纷开始为自身或他人的生存倾力一搏。

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