Roland Emmerich (2009)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Roland Emmerich has made a career out of creative destruction. The writer/director's hits Independence Day and The Day after Tomorrow feature humanity being destroyed by aliens and a climate change-induced ice age, respectively. He's firmly in his comfort zone for 2012, but this time it's solar flares that are to blame, as the planet gets microwaved. Cue some expensive, dramatic and genuinely awesome CGI as Yellowstone goes supervolcano, entire cities are destroyed and giant tsunamis romp across the globe. John Cusack stars as the failed author who is told the truth about the end of the world by Woody Harrelson's conspiracy theory nut, and attempts to save his kids and ex-wife (Amanda Peet). Chiwetel Ejiofor is a government scientist who knows what's happening, and also knows that the President (Danny Glover) has decided to keep the information from the masses. The script is nonsensical and while the actors do their best they are, inevitably, dwarfed by the breathtaking visual effects. Emmerich has outdone himself this time; this is a film that makes Independence Day look modest.


A scientist learns the world is soon to face a global cataclysm that will wipe out the human race, but finds the US president has plans to secretly save a fraction of the population, leaving everyone else to die. A writer learns of this scheme, and as the world is devastated by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, he tries to get his family to the last safe refuge. Disaster movie, with John Cusack and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Cast & Crew

Jackson Curtis John Cusack
Adrian Helmsley Chiwetel Ejiofor
Kate Curtis Amanda Peet
Carl Anheuser Oliver Platt
Laura Wilson Thandiwe Newton
President Thomas Wilson Danny Glover
Charlie Frost Woody Harrelson
Gordon Thomas McCarthy
Noah Curtis Liam James
Lilly Curtis Morgan Lily
Tony Delgatto George Segal
Professor West John Billingsley
Dr Satnam Tsurutani Jimi Mistry
Yuri Karpov Zlatko Buric
Tamara Beatrice Rosen
Captain Michaels Stephen McHattie
Tenzin Chin Han
Harry Helmsley Blu Mankuma
Director Roland Emmerich
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Sony PicturesGuidance: Edited for language.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Nov 2009