The Institute, which is featured in the film, is charged with the task of ensuring the human race will survive after the supposedly-cataclysmic events that happen in December 2012 and will wipe out most of civilization. On this site you can learn about what the Institute does, read press releases from the Institute and their many Initiatives and you can even "register" for the survival lottery that will apparently ensure you will live past the year 2012.
2012 revolves a family who goes on vacation in December 2012, just as the Mayan calendar is coming to a close. Over the decades, many have prophesized that the world will end when the ancient calendar ceases on Dec. 21, 2012.
2012 was released November 13th, 2009 and stars John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Thomas McCarthy, Woody Harrelson, Danny Glover. The film is directed by Roland Emmerich.