“ Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 2004 / Director: Roland Emmerich / Actors: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal ... / DVD released 18 October, 2004 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, PAL „
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My daughter bought this film round for us to watch recently. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it as I don't tend to like action films but she told me it was a 'tame action' and she was right. I really enjoyed it.
It is directed by Roland Emmerich and is set in America. The story tells of the threat of the end of the world. Jack Hall who studies the weather realises that things are changing, there is a huge shift in a piece of ice and this leads to extreme weather conditions. It soon becomes apparent that something drastic is going to happen. A huge ice storm is hitting the north and a big evacuation procedure begins as people head south to try to survive.
Drama unfolds as Jack Hall's son gets stranded in New York and lots of dramas unfold as they try to evacuate him. Romance unfolds too between him and Emmy Rossum whilst his father tries to reach him and save him.
I found it so fast-paced I couldn't stop viewing. The effects were amazing of things like freezing cities, huge flooding. It really did have me gripped.
The story was nothing new I think there are many films about how global warming leads to the end of the world but this was really gripping because of the connection between the expert trying to warn people and his son being stranded, the love interest added a nice, human side to it all too which was needed amongst all the action and science.
I thought the acting in this was really good so I can't fault that at all.
It was a very good film to watch which did make me think a little about the future of our planet and maybe it isn't that far detached from what could happen. I enjoyed watching it.
I still remember feeling quite blown away after seeing this film on the big screen. I was stunned by how many different kinds of events could be crammed in and yet each one was somehow more alarming than the last. Since then I have seen The Day After Tomorrow again, and again. After watching it on the television again a few days ago I decided to add it to my review collection!
Climatologist Jack Hall and two of his colleagues witness the breaking off of a huge ice sheet in Antarctica and after further research, realise that the world is heading for a new Ice Age. As several dramatic weather changes occur throughout the world, he urges the UN to act quickly to evacuate the north, where a freezing storm brews. But with all their procrastination and denial of the problem, it soon becomes too late and evacuation for those north of a line Jack indicates is no longer an option. With his own son, Sam, trapped in New York, Jack must now find a way to reach him, and hope that he is safe.
The pattern is rather standard for a disaster movie: some scientist makes a chance discovery that could potentially change or destroy the world. Government or authority figures either ignore them or any action taken fails and worst case scenario seems to be on the cards. The survival path of a small group of people, closely connected to that scientist is followed and we hope for a good ending. I think that the less likely a happy ending is, the more we love it because we are constantly on the edge of our seats.
Admittedly this kind of story has been milked for quite some time now, but we do not seem to be tiring of it. In fact when the film is well made, as long as it is approached with just a little more excitement each time, it seems as popular as ever. Of course there have been disasters in this area, for instance the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still, which actually left me feeling a bit ripped off. But with the level of action involved in The Day After Tomorrow, and just a tiny bit of romance, it seems we are onto a winner. I haven't a clue about the scientific grounding of the film, but certainly as an ordinary layperson, it all sounded very convincing and I found myself wondering how such a thing has not actually already happened. I think if you know too much about environmental science, that could potentially spoil the story and that's probably the one case where the film might not be enjoyed. Certainly this is not a film for the cynical mind and as with all films about possible future events it is easy to dig too deep and pick holes when looking for them.
The characters are all likeable, or at least very difficult to dislike with good reason. This does make the film a little corny and terribly unrealistic, but perhaps that is what we want.
There are few scenes where the Hall family members are physically together and most of their communication is over the phone. Jack Hall is played with passion by Dennis Quaid, but because of the distance factor, most of his face to face interaction is with his fellow colleagues and staff. Jack's son Sam is played by Jake Gyllenhaal not too emotively but with passion and some intense scenes in New York. There were several other impressive actors and the film seems to feature more brief encounters than building relationships. However, an interesting relationship does seem to be developing amid the chaos for Sam, so it is worth looking out for this.
The thing that amazed me most about this film, especially on the big screen but also on an ordinary television, was the number of major events put in and each with the same level of detail and special effects. There are hailstones, tornadoes and even a tsunami amongst other disasters, and each has been reflection with great attention to detail and thought into what sort of impact they would have. Watching this film on the big screen I almost felt as though I were there, and even now seeing it again on the television I still felt stunned by what I saw. It would always be hard to imagine what it is like to experience a mass disaster without actually being there, and it is arguably a little insensitive to do so, but then we do need to give thought to how best to help people and how best to be prepared and this film certainly gives you as good an idea of what to expect as any documentary I have ever seen.
There are some very intense scenes, and also scenes where kids are attacked by a wolf and so some violence ensues, but on the whole the film fits well as a 12A. I didn't notice any swearing and there were no sexual scenes, which makes this a very comfortable film to watch with the family.
I quite enjoyed this film, and whether you think it is exaggerating the situation, misleading people on environmental sciences or highlighting just how important it is for us to change our habits before it is too late, you can certainly appreciate the effort that has gone into making it. Some might even think we are too late to prevent this sort of catastrophe and that it is already happening, but then perhaps we need to think about how best we can help people that are caught up in the disasters. The other thing I really liked about this film is the fact that it acknowledges that in a situation like this, no country is better or stronger and the idea that it could happen anywhere at any time is a little scary. If you do not believe this would ever happen, this is still an epic film with a touch of romance and I would strongly recommend watching it.
The Day After Tomorrow is everything you'd expect from the director of Independence Day; spectacular special effects, a beautiful cast who manage to look immaculately groomed throughout - despite their lives being turned upside down - and a good stack of dramatic one-liners. In a surprise twist to the trend of big-budget action films depicting America as the good guy however, the writers should be praised for the alternative stance they take. The film is often thought-provoking in this way, and the political statement it makes regarding important issues allows it to stand out from the deluge of mediocre blockbusters of the same genre.
The story follows Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) as a government climatologist who, when he learns of the powerful storm forming a path of destruction across the world, treks through the killer conditions to find his estranged son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal). Sam, however, has found safety a long with a group of friends and fellow citizens, in the New York Public Library. As the storm closes in around the terrified crowd, they attempt to salvage food, warmth and - cheesy American film as it is - hope. The thing that most surprised me about the film is that it was often very funny. There are numerous memorable lines, and a clever use of ironic humour.
The special effects are, of course, outstanding. Then again, you'd expect nothing less from a film of this capacity. In particular, the birds eye view of New York City conveys the lengths the art department have gone to to create an authentic look. It is interesting to note that director Roland Emmerich (who also directed Godzilla) makes a point of emphasising the carelessness of the world's inhabitants, and the destructive effects their pollution is having upon the planet.
It does, of course, have its disgustingly sentimental moments, and is often highly predictable. Saying that, it is a film i'd watch again, not least because it seems to have somewhat of a prophetic air about it. It's well worth watching.
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I am a massive fan of end of the world films because they are scary in a different way to what horror films are. I first watched The Day After Tomorrow when it was released but just recently I watched it again...
Jack Hall, a climatologist, whilst in the Arctic a sheet of ice (the size of Rhode Island) breaks off. When he returns back to his lab to do some research he finds out that that incident will cause a massive knock on affect that could send the Earth into a second ice age. The break in the ice was caused by Global warming (a very real thing in our lives today) but nobody realises how serious Jack is. After a series of natural disasters people begin to listen and Jack, using scientific equipment predicts the day the Earth will be once again covered in ice.
Meanwhile, Sam Hall, his son, and some of his friends travel to New York to take part in a university challenge style quiz.
However, everything happens far quicker than Jack had anticipated and the end of the world as they knew it was only just round the corner. With Sam stuck in New York, his father gives all the information that the president needs and sets off on a mission to save him.
What to Expect
This is an intense ride...You will be on the edge of your seat throughout most of the movie. The effects are fantastic. There is something about seeing the Statue of Liberty half way under water that makes you a little on edge. The realistic figures and concepts that they use make this much more frightening due to the fact it makes the audience think "wow, can this actually happen?"
The acting is good from all parties and the chemistry between them is generally perfect.
Who is in it?
Dennis Quaid - Jack Hall
Jake Gyllenhaal - Sam Hall
Emmy Rossum - Laura Chapman
Is it for you?
If you like disaster movies, then this is one of the best out there in my opinion. So, i would definitely recommend it. Its worth watching for the effects alone...Reminiscent of the new 2012 film. Obviously, it is very far fetched, it has to be to be entertaining!
Rated 12 due to some distressing scenes
Run Time: 124 minutes
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Am I the only one on the planet who has never seen this film? Sometimes it feels like it so the other night, when there was nothing else on, I finally decided to slip in the DVD that had been sitting in the cupboard for ages and give this epic disaster movie a go. And I can honestly say I was surprisingly somewhat impressed!!
Dennis Quaid, the poor man's Harrison Ford, stars as an emminent scientist whose predictions of global warming are hastily ignored by a pig-headed Vice President of The United States and the rest of the gathered U.N. Days later, in a sudden surprise even to Quaid, freak weather conditions begin to be reported all over the globe. As temperatures drop, tidal waves loom and tornadoes and hurricanes begin appearing all over the shop, Quaid quickly realises that the Doomsday scenario he had been pitching is about to happen in days; not weeks, months or hundreds of years!
By the time anyone starts listening to the truth, it is too late. Much of the world has begun to undergo the conditions of a modern-day ice age! With his son trapped in upstate New York, Quaid sets off on a rescue mission despite the odds being stacked against him, knowing that he might never retun alive! And so begins an epic journey across a New York buried under a thick layer of ice and snow....
The science in this CGI-heavy blockbuster may be extremely shady but the film contains everything you would expect from a Roland Emmerich movie! He is the man after all that brought us the likes of Independance Day, a modern-day American version of Godzilla and the more recent 2012! Provided you don't have your brain in gear, all these films have one thing in common in that visually they are highly impressive!!
And it is the same here! With a little careful editing, this film could have appeared much more credible; with the action happening over a period of years rather than in a few short weeks! But Emmerich decides, in his tradittional style, to go for the senationalism and that is the only thing that lets this film down! Yes, it has a cheesey script and a hackneyed plot but that is what you want from a decent disaster movie. A disaster flick that takes itself too seriously is always destined to fail!
Where this film succeeds is in managing to snag a very impressive cast. Jake "Donnie Darko" Gyllenhall stars as Dennis Quaid's son and Ian "Bilbo" Holm also takes a turn as an english scientist. All of these do highly competent jobs despite the dross they are asked to act out and, without them, this wouldn't be the same film at all!
Overall, this is a real no-brainer of a film. Don't think about it too much and don't over-analyse it and you will have a good time. Think about it too much and the flaws and plot-holes become glaringly apparent!
My best suggestion....just sit back and enjoy the ride. After all, it's just a film....right?
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The Day After Tomorrow is an excellent movie, which I have managed to view for the second time tonight.
It is a disaster movie, showing the consequences of global warming. The ice caps melt, causing a disruption to the flow of the North Atlantic current. That in turn causes the temperature in the northern hemisphere to drop, it then freezes over.
All this is predicted by Dr Jack Hall, a paleoclimatologist, (played by Dennis Quaid), but when he presents his findings to the United Nations and his own president, they do not take him seriously and also do not want the expense of trying to do something about it.
Very soon disaster strikes and the U.S. is ravaged by severe storms and freak weather, then the temperature begins to plummet. New York is badly hit by a tidal wave and ends up under several feet of water.
Meanwhile Dr Jack Hall's son, Sam (played by Jake Gyllenhaal), is in New York City for an academic competition with 2 of his friends. They find themselves trapped in the New York Public Library. Very soon the temperature begins to drop as the new ice age takes hold.
I don't want to tell you much more, as that would spoil the movie for anyone that hasn't seen it.
The Day After Tomorrow has some amazing special effects and it makes you feel cold just watching it. When New York City started to freeze, you could see the ice travel up the buildings and along all the corridors. I was impressed at how real it all looked.
I can't say that the acting was anything astounding, but they did all manage to look really cold!
The movie was 120 minutes in length.
I enjoyed watching this movie again, but it was only the second time I'd seen it. I wouldn't be in a hurry to view it again though. A movie has to be pretty special for me to want to watch it over and over again and this movie isn't.
'The Day after Tomorrow' is one of your typical epic disaster movies like 'Independence Day' or the more recent '2012' and is fun to watch but not overly realistic. Although, judging by the ice age we seem to be gripped in at the moment could it ever happen in the future? Who knows? Basically the movie is just over two hours long and if you want an entertaining film where you don't have to think too much then this is great. If you want more realism then perhaps not.
Dennis Quaid is a weather expert who has worked out that we heading for another Ice Age at a pretty fast rate and we may not be able to stop it. The top powers in the country ignore his warning with dire consequences. After that there is mayhem and drama as people die in their thousands around the globe and his warnings come true. There is always a personal battle in these movies and this time it takes the form of his son who is trapped in New York City with his potential new girlfriend. He then faces a fight for survival as he treks to New York to find his son and rescue him. Dennis Quaid did a pretty good job with his role and tried to bring out that sence of urgency and determination in his character.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays the son and is pretty good too. He shows courage in the face of adversity and has brains to go with it too and is not a helpless character just waiting to be found and saved. There are many moments in the movie where, without his actions and common sense they would have all perished.
As expected with a big budget movie the special effects and the settings were pretty spectacular throughout the movie and brought things to life. Without the effects and stunning back drops this would not have been very good and would have a run of the mill disaster movie.
They put a lot of emphasis on global warming in the movie and our mistreatment of the environment and how we have caused this global disater by our ongoing actions. At times this can be a bit much as you just want to watch the film and enjoy rather than thinking about it.
Overall though, it's an entertaining family film, although perhaps not for very young children as could be a bit frightening for them. I probably wouldn't want to watch it more than once though. You will love it though if you like this type of movie.
This is a fairly relevant film right now with the Copenhagen talks and global reflection on global warming. It looks at what would happen if greenhouse gases and global warming increased to levels that caused global catastrophes, including hurricanes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of a new Ice Age.
Professor Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) is a scientist who is an expert on the previous global weather patterns and trends, he tries to find a solution to solve the crisis engulfing earth while trying to get to Sam (Jake Gylenhaal), his son who is somewhere in New York when it is hit by a new Ice Age. His journey to New York sees him flying in the face of popular wisdom as most Americans head south to try and find warmer solace in Mexico and further south.
Dennis Quaid ... Jack Hall
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Sam Hall
Emmy Rossum ... Laura Chapman
Dash Mihok ... Jason Evans
Jay O. Sanders ... Frank Harris
Sela Ward ... Dr. Lucy Hall
Austin Nichols ... J.D.
Arjay Smith ... Brian Parks
Tamlyn Tomita ... Janet Tokada
Sasha Roiz ... Parker
Ian Holm ... Terry Rapson
Nassim Sharara ... Saudi Delegate
Carl Alacchi ... Venezuelan Delegate
Kenneth Welsh ... Vice President Becker
Michel 'Gish' Abou-Samah ... Saudi Translator
This is a typical Roland Emmerich film, it looks expensive, is filled with big budget disaster effects and the usual disaster movie twists and turns, there are sick kids a man on a mission, huge collapses and set pieces at large locations. The film looks fairly good but in a way too slick false way. Quaid hams it up as a scientist who is too late to save the world so tries to save his son. Gylenhaal is underused and cold for most of the film. In theory the premise of the film is excellent but not enough happens, the acting is without reward and like most Emmerich films it really does have a whole lot of visual over substance.
It is interesting seeing some well known places covered in Ice or destroyed and it is mainly the Northern Hemisphere that takes the hits (maybe there are a few political comments being made in the film), but overall its too big for you to really care what happens to anyone.
Overall it is a strange story, the main premise is excellent but if you are a scientist who understands better than anyone that the world is ending due to something more powerful than man why try to find your son when you know there is no hope?
The DVD is available as a one disc edition on Play.com for £3.99 and includes:
* Audio commentary from Roland Emmerich and Howard Gordon
* Audio commentary from co-writers Jeffrey Nachmanoff & Ueli Steiger, editor David Brenner and production designer Barry Chusid
As we got our first snow today up here in the north of Scotland, I decided to try to scare myself silly by watching The Day After Tomorrow. This movie is all about rapid and catastrophic climate change when global warming causes a new ice age and storms engulf the entire globe. The whole of the northern hemisphere freezes over and, in the United States, those trapped in the northern states are left to fend for themselves.
Amidst the chaos and destruction, a number of stereotypical characters fight for their survival and to save their friends and family.
In one camp we have the sheltered and precocious private school kids who make good, the homeless guy and his dog who cooperates with them, and the librarian who lectures them against burning books.
In another camp we have the parents of one of the private school kids - the father decides to walk from Washington DC to Manhattan in the storm to rescue his son. In the meantime, the mother, a brave doctor, struggles to save the lives of her patients as her own families lives hang in the balance.
Then there are the climate scientists at the polar research station who are almost certainly doomed, the astronauts who circle helplessly in their orbit in space looking down at the masses of storm clouds the earth has become, the president and his advisers, the misguided cop who gives out bad advice, etc.
If there were an academy award for most cliches and stereotypes in one movie, I think this film would win hands down. How they manage to make death and destruction and danger so mind-numbingly boring is beyond me. But I know it has something to do with the lack of mystery in how this will all turn out. For example, will the private school guy get the private school girl? Will the dad make it and rescue his son? Well, I'm not going to give away the ending, but keep in mind this is Hollywood....
There were a lot of awe-inspiring special effects in this movie, I'll give it that. The huge container ship sailing through downtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building freezing over, the massive waves rolling through the city, all of these looked very realistic and believable. And the wolves that were chasing some of the kids at one point were really frightening and menacing-looking. I really don't know how they did that.
I also had to laugh about the fact that the Americans were desperate to get into Mexico and were in fact crossing illegally. The film did a good job of carrying the message that we, the international community, are in this climate-change thing together and that what affects one of us will affect us all, so we need to look out for each other.
I didn't find this film to be a realistic portrayal of climate change and although I enjoyed watching it for the special effects alone, I cannot recommend it based on plot. If you're looking to watch a movie about climate change, I found "Burn Up" starring Neve Campbell to be far superior to this movie in terms of believability and intrigue, although it is certainly a mixture of fact and fiction as well.
The Day After Tomorrow has a running time of 118 minutes. Extras on the DVD include audio commentary by the director and, for some reason, an inside look at at alien vs. predator, "effects behind the scenes - making of the creature."
When water temperature in the North Atlantic begins to drop significantly it would appear to be a warning of things to come, or at least that's what Professor Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) thinks. He tries to convince the government that there is a natural disaster on the way but they refuse to believe the theories of a climatologist. Suffice to say Jack is right and soon after, horrendous weather hits the world, engulfing it with water and snow and when temperatures drop to -150c people are beginning to freeze to death on the spot.
While this natural disaster is occurring, Jack's son Sam (Jake Gyllehaal) is in New York for a competition with a few friends, when the weather worsens they're forced to take shelter in a public library and Jack promises to rescue his son... but will he be too late?
The Day After Tomorrow is another in a long line of disaster movies with a purpose of playing on peoples sense of reality and paranoia. Much like Armageddon portrayed in 1998, The Day After Tomorrow focuses on a natural disaster that happens because of peoples reluctance to change and take responsibility for their actions which in turn have led to what could be the end of the world. The film is set in the present day which gives it a more realistic feel, with movies like 2012 being set in the future it negates away from the paranoia aspect as people are more concerned about today not years in the future. With The Day After Tomorrow this ominous threat occurs in the present and could maybe be a sign of how badly we treat the planet these days and what will happen if we continue to abuse our world.
The Day After Tomorrow focuses on the more plausible threat of the world being devoured by water rather than a not so believable alien attack. Of course we don't just have the plot of the end of the world (apparently the end of the world just isn't important enough to require an entire film!) we have to endure the emotional aspects of the disaster with the Hall family consisting of Jack, his doctor wife Lucy and his son Sam. Sam and Jack take up most of the screen time with their story of Jack coming to rescue Sam from a New York library. Lucy doesn't really have much of a story, she's a doctor who is taking care of a child cancer patient and when an ambulance fails to turn up to rescue the sick boy Lucy decides to stay with him, risking her own life. This subplot really doesn't have much of a point to the film as it doesn't develop and I feel that it was a real waste of time and a part of the movie that could and should have been edited out.
Dennis Quaid does a decent job as the would-be hero who sets about risking his own life to save his son who for all he knows could be dead. The audience get behind Jack when the politicians fail to believe him about the impending disaster because obviously the audience knows he's right however Dennis Quaid isn't very charismatic in this film and the audience support that he garnered early on seems to gradually deplete as the film progresses. As aforementioned, his wife's role is very superfluous as we already have the worried parent role in Jack so I think they should have tried to bring another dimension to Lucy's character which they failed to do. Jake Gyllehaal is a little better than his parents playing a 17 year old science genius who hates to fly. He brings out a little personality in his character however I felt like he was holding back for some reason because it's clear that he's a fantastic actor. It seems that the director was more concerned by the disaster aspect of this film than the actual storyline itself.
The storyline cantering around the disaster itself I didn't feel was very well explained, of course you're made aware at the start that water temperature around the world has dropped significantly and giant hailstones are falling at different locations however when it came to the dialogue part I felt that a lot of the explanations went straight over my head; this may of course just be me being a bit dense when it comes to science but I think that they should have explained things better as opposed to just letting the visuals explain things to the audience. I wanted to know exactly why the disaster happened and I came away only knowing fragments of the reason.
The special effects are undeniably superb, with attention to detail being paid at every occasion and it would seem that the director was more focused on getting the special effects absolutely perfect than directing an engrossing disaster movie which would keep your attention not only because of the effects but also because of the storyline.
I found the family storyline to be a bit predictable, but that doesn't take away from the excitement of it all. I haven't watched this film for about two years and when watching it recently it was a lot better than I remember it being and I found myself really enjoying it. The film captures your attention right from the offset with the near death experience involving Jack and two friends. From then on the film switches from action to dialogue with ease and it doesn't look too forced. The film runs for a little over two hours so I think it's an achievement that the film managed to hold my attention for it's entirety because disaster movies are generally hit and miss with me.
The DVD is available from play.com for £4.99.
The special features include:
Audio commentary from Roland Emmerich and Howard Gordon
Audio commentary from co-writers Jeffrey Nachmanoff & Ueli Steiger, editor David Brenner and production designer Barry Chusid
The epic disaster/sci fi movie that is scary due to the fact that it could possibly happen, directed by Roland Emmerich.
The movie was release in 2004 and has a great cast with Dennis Quaid as Jack Hall the paleoclimatologist (a boffin who studies the past changes in weather ) and Jake Gyllenhall as his bright son Sam.
The movie starts with Jack in the Antartica witnessing a major change in the ice formations as chunks are breaking off and disappearing.
Jack presents his findings to a global conference climate change and tells them the planet will face drastic changes in its climate if mankind do not take steps to halt pollution in as little as 100 years time.
Jack meets Professor Terry Rapson(Ian Holm) a Scottish Professor keeping a watch on oceon currents in sunny Scotland.
I like this bit of the film as it shows the plight of other countries not just the good old Yankie Doodle.
When Jack gets a phone call from Rapson telling him the oceon currents have changed he realises his predictions are all about to come true.
There are then some horrific freak weather episodes such as giant hail stones falling over Tokyo and tornados in Los Angeles.
The worlds climate is changing and fast.
Jack tells the president that he should evacuate everyone in the Southern states to Mexico, it is too late for the people in the northern states as they will all perish in the coming Ice Age.
Jacks son just happens to be going to New York for a school competition just as the World slips into the next Ice Age and Jack has to brave the elements in order to rescue him, thats hell of a walk all the way from Washington D.C.
Some great scenes with a great cast of actors and a very possible scenario.
Hate the bit where the 3 British scientists freeze to death why is always the Brits that get wasted?
I love these disaster movies but they do tend to play on your mind so I wouldnt advise anyone to allow a small child to watch this.
Available from Play.com for £4.99 with free postage, with a running time of 118 minutes.
This is another one in the genre of big blockbuster disaster style movies. It is classed as an apocalyptic science fiction film and was first released in 2004.
This movie takes a look at what would happen to the world if the effects of the greenhouse effect and global warming continued and how it could result eventually in worldwide catastrophe and disaster, including multiple hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of the next Ice Age.
The story involves Professor Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), who is a Paleoclimatologist (a scientist who studies the ways weather patterns changed in the past. He tries to save the world from the effects of global warming whilst also trying to rescue his son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is in New York City as part of a scholastic competition when the city is being completely destroyed by the chilling beginnings of the new Ice Age. In addition to all of the other challenges Dr. Hall faces, he's also going against the flow as humanity races south to warmer climes he is one of the only ones going north.
The movie starts well and all the science is dealt with in a sensible and quite informative way, and you do feel a sense of impending doom. The early disaster special effects and CGI are great and entertaining. I am not an expert in the field but the onset of the ice age and disaster does seem a little speedy and in real life may take place over a longer period of time. The script and plot is a bit flat and doesn't really create and develop characters either and it means we don't care too much about what happens to them in the final hour. As it is, it's an average film which has some great special effects and keeps you engaged and entertained but doesn't have a lot of substance to it that makes it and the characters in it memorable.
It is watchable if only for the great special effects and is able to keep your attention because of this but the plot and dialogue aspects of the film were disappointing.
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich (story)
Jeffery Nachmanoff (screenplay)
Jay O. Sanders
Music by Harald Kloser
Editing by David Brenner
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) May 26, 2004 (Kuwait); May 28, 2004 (rest of the world)
Running time 124 mins.
I've seen this film so many times I've lost count! The Day After Tomorrow is an epic disaster movie. This film came out back in 2004 and was a massive box office smash. This is the type of film designed for the cinema with big effects and dramatic events.
The basic plot is quite simple. A sudden change in the earths climate causes a massive series of storms to hit the world. These are storms that the modern earth has never seen before, they devastate the world and cause chaos. The story follows the events around the world and mainly focuses on a few characters who are dealing with the storm as it hits New York.
The films stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid. They both play good roles and put in solid performances. This film is more about the effects that the acting and to be honest there performances are nothing special.
If I could split the film in half, I would probably give the first half 5 stars. The science is all explained, we are told what events are unfolding and given some great clips of the impending doom bearing down on earth. The as the effects of the climates sudden change hit home there are some wonderful effects which really grab your attention and get you onto the edge of your seat.
However the second half of the film is aweful! Would proably give it 2 stars. When the storm hits the story just gets silly. Wolves? Whats that all about? There are some silly and unnecesary bits in the film that really make no sense, and the story just goes down hill. Its a dispointing end to the film after such a good start.
Overall this is a good film that I do enjoy. As I said the ending in pretty poor, but its worth watching the film just for the effects in the first hour or so.
The film is rated as a 12. There is some moderate language and some mild violence and horror, but nothing in there to serious that should offend anyone.
The film runs for 124 minutes, which for me is just a bit to long. The film really drags at the end and gets boring. They could cut 20 minutes off the film and it would improve it.
The DVD itself has a few features. The usual things like the trailers and a few commentaries on the film which are OK. But really this DVD should be bought for the film itself and not the extras.
Overall this is a good film that is easy to watch and enjoyable. It could have been wrapped up better, but even so its worth a watch.
I have seen this film twice now and I was under whelmed and disappointed both times. The basic premise of the film sounds fairly intriguing and the cast line up almost make it worth playing 'spot the lesser known British TV actors'. However Despite the prospect of Global warming plunging the planet into an apocalyptic sci-fi scape, this film really is the epitome of a Hollywood big buck enterprise film falling flat on it's ugly face.
The one saving grace this film can boast is the bringing together of the father and son characters, Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) and Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal). The father makes the classic promise to his offspring that he "will come for you" and embarks on an utterly ridiculous journey in almost comedic ally bad weather conditions. It is hardly the epic Odyssey of Homer's Odysseus travelling back to Penelope and Telemachus but it is almost emotional, as the father and son had been drifting apart, a little.
Having said that, tugging on the heartstrings in films such as this is generally an attempt by the director (Roland Emmerich) to draw the audience in and get them attached to the central roles. The characters in this film remain under developed and annoying. Moreover the legendary Ian Holm had such a minute part in the whole thing, which is just silly...
With a potentially promising plot and the 'science' to back it up this film could have been a grand scale marvelled powerful warning to mankind. Unfortunately with terrible CGI, and yes by that I mean the man hungry Wolves that conveniently escape their former captive lifestyle of the zoo, this film just flops. It is not one for the DVD collection and definitely not a future classic by any means.
If you think that the cover looks as though the special FX are going to actually be something special then don't be fooled. I'm not saying it's the worst film ever but considering the year it was made and the past achievements of an otherwise brilliant director, this film incredibly poor.
The Day After Tomorrow was the film designed to show what could happen with global warming and was an excellent excuse for a big budget use of special effects to destroy most of New York City.
The film sees Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) who is a government climatologist who learns that a huge storm, the likes of which have never been seen is brewing thanks to the years of global warming mankind has wreaked on the Earth. Jack treks through all of the huge storms and killer conditions to find his estranged son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal) who is with a group of friends and other citizens has found safety in the New York Public Library. Can father and son get over their past and reconcile as they fight for survival against the might of mother nature or will this be the final act for humanity?
I absolutely love this movie thanks mainly to the amazing quality of special effects seen throughout. The movie in my opinion is actually let down slightly by the father and son story line as this brings a sop story that is not needed...just watching as all of mankind fights against the elements would have been ample for this film. I found the acting throughout the movie to be of a great standard and with the storyline being so close to home thanks to all of the talk in the media surrounding global warming you feel more of a connection with this movie than you do with other big budget disaster movies.
If you love your special effects movies then this is one for you as the effects are mind blowing.
Supreme silliness doesn't stop The Day After Tomorrow from being lots of fun for connoisseurs of epic-scale disaster flicks. After the blockbuster profits of Independence Day and Godzilla, you can't blame director Roland Emmerich for using global warming as a politically correct excuse for destroying most of the northern hemisphere. Like most of Emmerich's films, this one emphasises special effects over such lesser priorities as well-drawn characters and plausible plotting, and his dialogue (cowritten by Jeffrey Nachmanoff) is so laughably trite that it could be entirely eliminated without harming the movie. It's the spectacle that's important here, not the lame, recycled plot about father and son (Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal) who endure an end-of-the-world scenario caused by the effects of global warming. So sit back, relax and enjoy the awesome visions of tornado-ravaged Los Angeles, blizzards in New Delhi, Japan pummelled by grapefruit-sized hailstones, and Manhattan flooded by swelling oceans and then frozen by the onset of a modern ice age. It's all wildly impressive, and Emmerich obviously doesn't care if the science is flimsy, so why should you? --Jeff Shannon