Heed the warning of 2012


John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, and Thandie Newton struggle to survive a global cataclysm in the epic film 2012.


Neverbefore has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures,so many religions, scientists, and governments than 2012. ColumbiaPictures' new epic 2012 tells of a global cataclysm that brings anend to the world and of the heroic struggle of the survivors.


Centuries ago, the Mayans left us their calendar, with a clear end date and all that it implies. Sincethen, astrologers have discovered it, numerologists have foundpatterns that depict it, geologists say the earth is overdue for it,and even government scientists cannot deny the cataclysm that awaits the earth in 2012. A prophecy that began with the Mayans has now been well-chronicled, discussed, taken apart and examined. By 2012, we'll know—we were warned.


Directedby Robert Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow), 2012 stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt,Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson.


Theoriginal idea for 2012 was inspired by an ancient story. "The movieneeded something beyond disaster, something which really makes it worthdoing," he says. "And in this case, it was the modern telling of Noah'sArk because I thought it would be very interesting.


"Isaid to myself, ‘if somebody knows the world is going to end, it wouldprobably be some scientist...' And then government officials wouldknow, and some very high-level politicians. And you know what, theywould probably keep it a secret..."


That,says Emmerich, poses the ultimate moral dilemma. "It becomes thisworldwide conspiracy between governments and it gets bigger and biggerand I was interested in the combination of people who know and whodon't know.


Emmerichconcludes, "The movie has a quiet, interesting, intellectual discussiongoing on while you are seeing normal people trying to save their lives."


Openingsoon across the Philippines, 2012 is distributed by ColumbiaPictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.


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