Theatrical Release: November 13, 2009


Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. “2012” is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.

Dove Review

Tsunamis, earthquakes, crumbling buildings, terror and chaos fill the screen in this futuristic apocalyptic movie. A danger is discovered in 2009 and by 2012 the lurking danger is ready to unleash itself on earth. This movie, which stars the likable John Cusack, also focuses on human relationships so as to encourage the viewer to care about what happens to the characters. Cusack plays Jackson Curtis, a novelist who is divorced from his wife but maintains a relationship with her and his two children, a son and a daughter. She has a new man in her life but when the disaster strikes, they all pull together in order to save all of their lives.

The special effects are pretty amazing and it did look as if Cusack was constantly just driving ahead of the disaster which was gaining on him, whether he was in a truck, a passenger on a plane or an ark. The biblical story of Noah and the ark is unmistakable in this story as a world-wide flood is looming and Jackson’s son is even named Noah. The writers chose to ignore the fact that the Bible states the entire world would never be flooded again. I guess they figured it was a story worth telling twice. At any rate, despite the interest the film manages to sustain, and its success in making the viewers think about how they would feel if they were to knowingly say good-bye to a family member for the last time, the movie unfortunately contains a lot of strong language and we regrettably cannot award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the film. It should be noted that several characters do die in the movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing between a couple; when a father takes a son to where he used to date his mother the boy tells him he doesn't want to see where they had sex; A "Why don't we make a baby" comment.
Language: GD-6; G/OMG-11; J/JC-3; Ch*ist-1; F (mouthed)-1; F-1; H-11; B-5; S-6; A-3; D-2; Holy Mother of God-1; Slang for breasts-1; Sc*ew you-1; Su*ks-1; Idiot-1; Fool-1
Violence: A lot of natural violence with earthquakes; cracks in earth; vehicle wrecks; flooding; crumbling buildings; the city falls into the water; a man's leg is injured and blood is seen; several people die; a woman drowns; guns are held on some people.
Drugs: Some drinking of beer and wine.
Nudity: Cleavage; a man's butt crack is seen.
Other: A dead moose is seen; a woman uses her middle finger toward a man who wronged her; the president mentions many religions have some agreement and he begins to read from the 23rd Psalm when the TV picture is lost; mention of the rapture of the church; a statue of Christ falls from the severe weather.


Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Writer: Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser
Director: Roland Emmerich
Producer: Larry J. Franco
Genre: Action
Runtime: 158 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter