Corrected entry: In the scene with the G8 meeting the American President is talking to the G8 members. The Russian President turns to his translator and speaks in clear Serbian language (not Russian!) 'do not go out, stay' (nemoj da izadjes, ostani). Then in the next moment the Russian President tells his translator in clear Serbian 'You can go now' (mozes da izadjes).


Correction: It's not uncommon for people to be able to speak multiple languages. If the Russian president thought someone could understand Russian, he could easily have decided to speak in Serbian. His choice to change his orders to his translator is not a mistake.

A Demon Premium member

Corrected entry: When the plane takes off from Yellowstone after refueling, it begins its takeoff roll on runway 15. This means the heading is 150 degrees (South southeast). As it lifts off and clears the other end of the runway, we see it is runway 32 (320 degrees). The opposing ends of runways are 180 degrees apart. So the opposite end of runway 15 (150 degrees) should be 33 (330 degrees), not 32.

Correction: Runways names are rounded to the nearest 10, so if the runway headings were 147 and 323, it would round to 150 and 320, explaining the unusual markings.

Corrected entry: As Air Force One is in the air, one of the crew announces to Anheuser that all ground communications are down. Yet after Air Force One has landed in Tibet, Satnam is able to call Helmsley to warn of the approaching tsunami using his mobile phone.

Correction: He uses a satellite phone, not a mobile.

Corrected entry: The Ark where the main characters are aboard is going to hit the face of Mount Everest. The wave that puts them there is 1500 meters high as it is traversing across India, but the base of Mt. Everest (according to Wikipedia) ranges from 4,200 m (13,800 ft) on the south side to 5,200 m (17,100 ft) on the Tibetan Plateau. Therefore the water could not have reached this height of land.


Correction: A wave's reach onto land is determined by the amount of water following it and pushing it onwards, not by the height of the wave. In this case, a lot of water is obviously pushing the front of the wave high up into the mountains.

Corrected entry: Yuri brags that enormous Antonov AN-500 cargo plane is of Russian origin. Antonov is a Ukrainian aircraft design bureau and manufacturer.


Correction: Antonov's have been built since the 1940s. Kiev doesn't have a facility to built the entire plane, so they've been assembled in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Novosibirsk, Russia, or Tashkent, Uzbekistan under contract. Besides all that, the 500 is a fictional plane for the purposes of the movie. The actual plane is an An-225.


Corrected entry: NASA has dubbed 2012 ''The most ridiculous disaster movie ever'', since such small particles emitted from the sun would have absolutely no effect on the Earth's core.


Correction: From what I have read, it is indeed the most absurd movie, but not because of the SIZE of the particles, but the effect of them. The particles they say are changing, couldn't possibly change and "mutate" as they are said to in the movie, because they have no DNA or parts to be mutated, therefore they could not be changed by radiation and solar flares from the sun.

Kimberly Mason

Corrected entry: Near the end, when the gate to Ark 4 is stuck open and water is coming in, the compartments begin sealing themselves to stop the flooding. Tamara, who was in the compartment between the daughter/dog duo and the rest of the family, wouldn't have drowned due to rising water.

Correction: She is never shown to die or survive the event, and is not mentioned to be either dead or alive during the rest of the film.


Corrected entry: All throughout the movie the 1 phone you see most of the government officials using was in fact the iPhone 4! Now if you do the research you will find out that the iPhone 4 wasn't even released to the public yet. Also Apple denied even the phones existence.


Correction: So, we have a film set in 2012 where you can see government officials using a model of phone that was released in 2010. Hardly seems like a mistake to me. More importantly, given how tightly Apple locks down its releases, and that the movie would have been filmed before the iphone 3GS was even released, most likely they're just using a phone which happens to resemble the iphone 4.

Tailkinker Premium member

Possibly a Sony phone (because Sony made 2012, and they usually add all their products into their movies).

Corrected entry: As the big Russian jet falls over the cliff, Sasha makes the Catholic Sign of the Cross, not the Orthodox Sign of the Cross. In the next scene, Yuri does the same.


Correction: This has already been corrected once. Who's to say the two are not actually Catholics? They have been living in the US for some time, and has had ample opportunity to convert to Catholicism.


Corrected entry: In the scene where the small plane is on the landing strip in Yellowstone park, the engine of it starts and stops between shots. It is seen when the camper van is approaching the plane - when we cut between the van and the cast the engine is started, then stopped, then started again within a very small time frame.

Correction: Yes, the engines were started, Gordon began taxiing, Kate and the kids convince him to stop, he shuts off the left engine (complaining all the while), and restarts it when the motorhome comes into view at the end of the runway.


Corrected entry: Tsunami waves in the deep ocean have an amplitude of only about 1 metre (3.3 ft) and a wavelength of about 200 kilometres (120 mi), so they can be hardly noticed or detected on ships. Therefore, building expensive arks is essentially pointless and many more people could be saved using already existing ships. Building the arks in mountains makes even less sense.


Correction: This film is fiction, not a documentary. The cataclysm that occurs is fictional and much stronger than anything that could occur in reality. In the film the waves and water are strong and high enough to make the arks necessary. As we see, they work exactly as expected.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: When John Cusack picks up his family (plus the new husband) to escape from the ensuing mayhem, there is a scene where the limo uses a piece of broken concrete in the street as a ramp, so that the whole car is airborne for one or two seconds. In that shot you can see that the front tires are not moving at all.


Correction: The front wheels ARE moving but stop rather quickly a second after the car gets airborne. Since the back wheels are turning normally, however, one might suggest that the car has a rear wheel drive.

Corrected entry: Jackson should not have been able to access the Internet from the middle of Yellowstone National Park, with no internet signal. (00:30:15)

Correction: It's the near future. It's not inconceivable that in that time wireless internet would become available in remote, but touristy areas.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: After the survivors escape from Las Vegas in the Antonov they are obviously worried about fuel and making it all the way to China. As any fool knows, lightening a plane increases range and yet, oddly, it never seems to occur to them to ditch all the heavy and now useless automobiles into the ocean. Luckily, the cars come in handy to manufacture an exciting exit from the plane at the end of the flight.

Oscar Bravo

Correction: For the first leg of the trip there is no reason for them to ditch the cars, as they fully expect to be able to land and refuel in Hawaii. After they realize Hawaii is gone, there is no point in ditching the cars as they are going to be short by "thousands of miles", and lightening the plane would make no difference.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: In the movie, the large transport plane is marked as an Antonov AN-500. The plane seen is in fact an Antonov AN-225. It is in no way as manoeuvrable as depicted in the escape sequence from Las Vegas, especially that shortly after take-off. Nor would it be able to take off from such a short runway, even if it wasn't loaded at all.

Correction: The movie is 2 years in the future. The second An-225 may have been altered and renumbered to an AN-500. This would include making all the necessary changes for its performance in the film (stronger engines, shorter take-off distance etc).


Corrected entry: The heavy cargo lifter shown is an Antonov AN-225, developed from the AN-124 to carry the Soviet space shuttles Buran. Different from the original plane, the single AN-225 built doesn't have a rear cargo door. The only access for internal cargo is in the front, where the nose and cockpit swivels up, like in the C-5 Galaxy and many 747 freighters. The second partially built AN-225 would have a rear cargo door, but it'd also have a single tail, not a dual tail.

Correction: The movie is 2 years in the future. A rear cargo door may be added in that time. Also the C-5 Galaxy has front AND rear cargo doors.


Corrected entry: The Russian plane has 6 engines, yet there are only controls for 4 in the cockpit.

Correction: There are 6 Throttle Controls seen. When they throttle up the controls are as follows, Engines 1 and 2 are lower left and 3 is left high center, 4 is right high center and 5 and 6 are lower right. The knobs are numbered and can be seen WITHOUT pausing the movie.


Corrected entry: Throughout most of the film John Cusack listens to a radio program on 745 KHz AM [medium wave]. In the United States, this frequency would almost certainly be impossible to hear in a car, due to U.S. frequency spacing of 10 KHz per station.

manthabeat Premium member

Correction: The radio station with 745kHz AM frequency is fictional and need not be scaled with the real word. To comply with the 10kHz spacing, the other fictional stations [even if not mentioned in the movie] could be 755, 765, 775kHz and so on. In the same way the telephone number prefix 555 is unused; hence, almost always used for fiction.


Corrected entry: There are two scenes in which a plane narrowly manages to take off before the ground collapses into the depths of Earth. The problem with these scenes is that those holes would not only swallow the surface, they would also suck in air. Without enough altitude nor enough velocity a plane would therefore be pulled into the new craters. That's why helicopters and small planes are instructed to avoid open-pit mines. And those are just static holes.


Correction: Already submitted and corrected. The continents are breaking apart because the earth's mantle is heating up. The huge land mass falls into the heated mantle; the heated gasses would rise rapidly, counteracting the effects of the downdraught. Indeed, the plane does lose some altitude immediately after the collapse, then is able to climb again shortly after. As for the velocity, you are making an assumption to say that the plane was not going fast enough.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: High amounts of microwaves hitting the Earth would cause every person on Earth with an implanted pacemaker (or icd) to have extreme heart problems and/or even death (coming from a person with one).


Correction: True, but there's no mistake here. We don't see anyone on screen experiencing heart problems, but that does not mean it doesn't happen.


Corrected entry: When describing the LA quake, the seismologists indicate that it is a 10.2, which is impossible on the logarithmic Richter scale.

Correction: A 10.2 earthquake is not possible on earth because a large enough fault slip is required to generate such energy. The fault line would have to be bigger then the earth it self.

Correction: This is false. A logarithmic scale is simply an exponential scale with no limit.

Corrected entry: When the actor is driving the RV he and the RV falls into where the earth is giving way.the RV falls backside in first which would make him fall looking up at the sky and the window is not broke but somehow he is able to climb out of the hole. (02:18:25)


Correction: No, the window was not broken, but was shattered enough to be easily broken and pushed out. We don't see how he gets out, so only assumptions will make this mistake valid.


Corrected entry: Even inside the ship, the water where the cast is swimming should be freezing cold, it having come from the surroundings of Mount Everest.

druid Premium member

Correction: It was a tsunami that reached the peak of Everest, but its origin was not Everest or its surroundings. It came from the south and engulfed India first, which would make the water a lot warmer.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When describing the temperature of Earth's crust around the world, it is said to be "increasing at a high velocity." Velocity is a vector quantity and implies a speed and spatial direction, which a rate of temperature increase/decrease simply would not have as a scalar quantity.

Correction: They could be talking about the increasing/spreading of affected areas. Just like in a wild fire, it would be interesting to know how fast it spreads or grows.


Corrected entry: In order to successfully seal off a hallway would you not need to seal off the ceiling too? If this is the case why build the sealed passageway under the animal enclosure that has a grated roof - as seen in the scene when the Russian girl drowns. With the rising water and the grated ceiling why did this water not spill over in to the adjoining sections. and furthermore, why was it only the middle compartment that had water that continued to rise?

Correction: The grated "ceiling" is there for the animal feces to drop through. They're not walking through a hallway, they're walking through a trough that holds the animal waste. In case of a hull breach the entire animal pen, living area and waste receptacle included, would be sealed off together as a unit.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: Why is it that after they claim earlier in the film that all global communication has ceased, an Indian watching an approaching Tsunami can make a mobile phone call to someone in the middle of a mountain in China?

Correction: It's a satellite phone, not a cell phone.


Corrected entry: The aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy is shown falling over on its side on top of a tidal wave headed for Washington D.C. Aircraft are slipping off of the deck into the ocean. The aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy has been decommissioned and is no longer in service.

Correction: As of November 2009 the ship was available for donation as a museum and memorial to a qualified organization. Like the Intrepid or any number of other aircraft carriers that have been turned into museums, the USS John F. Kennedy may become a floating musuem by 2012, complete with aircraft displayed on deck.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: There's a newscast about the cancellation of the 2012 Summer Olympic games. The events of the film take place in December: the games would have concluded 4 months ago. Olympic games in 2012 are from July 27-August 12.


Correction: There was only talk about December, but then there was talk about the timeline moving up, things happening faster, that's why the ships were not ready, so the events of the film clearly take place during the Olympics.

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, "the waters are receding". Where would they be receding to? The only land mass is Africa.

Correction: They'd be receding underground where much of the water is now. After the cataclysm has subsided, the water would fill in underground reservoirs, either in old places or new.


Most of the Earth's water is not underground, the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth's water, aquifers account for a small percentage of available water.

Corrected entry: Young Lily's bed wetting problem is obviously quite chronic. She brings two packs of the Goodnites diapers with her on her trip to Yellowstone and we see her mother putting several packs of them into a shopping cart at a grocery store. When they are on the run (and obviously did not have any time to take any with them), we see her sleeping several times - however, she never has any accidents.


Correction: I'm not to sure we get to check too closely! In any case, at the end of the movie she tells Curtis that she's over the "problem".

Oscar Bravo

Corrected entry: The scene after the earthquake in Washington D.C., when President Wilson is seen coming out of the rubble, we see a giant tsunami heading toward him. On the tsunami is the USS John F. Kennedy with the words "USS John F. Kennedy" painted across the runway deck. On the real USS John F. Kennedy, no such words are printed across the deck.


Correction: If the USS John F Kennedy do not have that markings in its runway deck in present day, it is not impossible that the US Navy will put them on by 2012.


Corrected entry: When Jacskon brings his children home early from their camping trip at the request of his ex-wife, she invites him in for pancakes - a request he declines because he is "late for work" even though he is returning from his trip "early."

Correction: He is driving a limo, and as seen in the movie, has his uniform with him in the car. He could simply have called the limo agency on the way back and told them he was available for work that day and asked if they had anything for him, as he is obviously prepared to step in at short notice.


Corrected entry: In the scene where the big cruise ship is capsizing, you see everything in the kitchen slide to one side. When a table slides by there are several see trough cans with fluid that are completely level and not tilted as the rest of everything in the shot.


Correction: If you take a glass half-filled with water, then slightly tilt the glass, the water will stay level, relative to the horizon line. If you are trying to say that the water tilted WITH the cans, then it's a mistake. Otherwise, the water acted the way it should have in such a situation.

Corrected entry: During the LA escape sequence, the limo avoids the giant donut from Randy's Donut. After the limo passes the donut rolls through the pedestrian crossing and goes behind a stop sign facing the wrong way. Inside joke?

Correction: All of Los Angeles is being torn to pieces... it is entirely possible that the stop sign got turned around during the carnage.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: When Krakatoa blew in 1883, it ejected some 5 cubic miles of debris into the atmosphere, dropping the average global temperature by as much as 1.2 degrees Celcius for the next year. It has been postulated that should the Yellowstone supervolcano erupt, it would exceed the last eruption, which ejected 240 cubic miles into the atmosphere. In the 28 days that pass before the denizens of the arks are permitted to go outside, the ash and debris from not only Yellowstone, but the scores of volcanoes that erupted almost simultaneously would have blocked the skies world wide. Not only would the citizens have been forbidden to emerge from their cocoons, but satellite views of Africa would have been impossible, and whatever crops survived the earthquakes and lava would have already started to perish.

Correction: True, if you only take the volcanic activity into consideration. But this is multiple volcano eruptions (one even turning Hawaii into a field of flowing magma) coupled with tsunamis that cover the land masses immediately afterward. The tsunamis would severely supress the effects of the volcanos (they won't do as much damage when submerged) and all the precipitation caused by the interraction between the magma and seawater would help clear the atmosphere of ash and debris.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: Just after the 5 people take off from Yellowstone Park, the earth beneath them caves in. A huge mass like that falling down would create an enormous downdraught and suck the rather small plane with it.

Correction: True, but remember the premise of the movie. The continents are breaking apart because the earth's mantle is heating up. The huge land mass falls into the heated mantle; the heated gasses would rise rapidly, counteracting the effects of the downdraught. Indeed, the plane does lose some altitude immediately after the collapse, then is able to climb again shortly after.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: How come nobody is sucking oxygen if the ark is at the same heigh as Everest? Oxygen is cut in half at 20,000 feet. At 29,035 feet, summit/top floor, oxygen is reduced to 1/3.

Correction: Since the sea level was pushed up to a level just below Everest's summit, it should mean that that the oxygen at sea level goes with it too.

Corrected entry: Earth does have enough water to cover the entire surface, but not have enough water to almost cover Mt. Everest at 8,848m.


Correction: True, but keep in mind that the entire African continent rose while the rest of the world was flooded. This would naturally have displaced a LOT of water, and allowing the sea level to rise even higher elsewhere on the globe.


Corrected entry: On many occasions we see whole cities give way and fall into gigantic holes in the earth. So how can there possibly be a Tsunami that covers the whole planet? Much of the water would have poured into the enormous holes and and made it completely impossible.

Gavin Jackson

Correction: Not so. Actually much of Earth's water is underground. In other words, the underground water is more than enough to replace the area left by cities sinking into the Earth. Which could actually contribute to the tsunami, not detract from it.


Most of the Earth's water is not underground, the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth's water, aquifers account for a small percentage of available water.

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