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When global warming triggers the onset of a new ice age, tornadoes flatten Los Angeles, a tidal wave engulfs New York City and the entire Northern Hemisphere begns to freeze solid. Now, climatologist Jack Hall, his son Sam, and a small band of survivors must ride out the growing superstorm and stay alive in the face of an enemy more powerful and relentless than anything anyone has ever encountered: Mother Nature.… (more)
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The Day After Tomorrow

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
Ian Holm – Terry Rapson

Written by Roland Emmerich and Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Directed by Roland Emmerich

First released, May 2004.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2004. 119 min. Colour. 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio. 5.1 Dolby Digital. Extras: audio commentaries by Roland Emmerich and Jeffrey Nachmanoff.

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In his story “The Forgotten Enemy” (1949), Arthur Clarke drew a haunting picture of London in the grip of an Ice Age, complete with a collapsed St Paul under the weight of snow, polar bears roaming Tottenham Court Road and relentless glaciers advancing from the north. In the preface to Reach for Tomorrow (1956), the first Clarke collection in which the story appeared, the author jokingly apologised in advance to experts who might be offended by the “slight” liberties he took with time scales: “But what is a factor of 10^3 among friends?” What, indeed? A trifle!

The Day After Tomorrow takes the liberties still three orders further, at least. Who cares? To add insult to injury, the screenplay piles one cliché on another with gusto. Marriage on the rocks, strained father-son relationship, teen infatuations, ignorant and arrogant politicians reformed: anything you like. Like I said, who cares? Like Avatar (2009) and Independence Day (1996), to name but two examples, this is a movie to be enjoyed entirely on visual level. You don’t delve into the plot, you don’t expect brilliant dialogue or complex characters, and you certainly don’t question its scientific basis. If you do, you miss the point completely.

That settled, the movie is a veritable feast for the eyes. You can tell Roland Emmerich is an expert in disaster stuff on epic scale. He makes short work of tornadoes devastating LA or a giant wave flooding New York City. He does even better with the freezing hurricane when it hits the Big Apple. Naturally, he is surrounded by team of CGI magicians who make the border between illusion and reality as good as non-existent. The special effects are absolutely breathtaking. Haunting images abound. Where else can you see the Statue of Liberty and the NYPL half-buried in snow or a giant Russian tanker invading the streets of NYC? The only slight exception is the scene on the ship. Wolves are spectacular animals, but I don’t think they are quite so agile as presented here. Realistic they are not, but never mind this insignificant quibble.

Never mind the plot and the acting, either, though both, incidentally, are good enough to carry the visual extravaganza. I know I said this movie is an entirely visual experience, and so it is; but even so, it needs some framework, however scanty or superficial, on which to hang the special effects. As a bonus track, the score of Harald Kloser is memorable. ( )
  Waldstein | Sep 1, 2016 |
This movie wasn't too bad as an extreme weather disaster flick. The effects were first rate. Parts of the plot were bit unrealistic. It reminded me a bit of Independence day without aliens and with lots of snow and ice. Theme ties in with the global warming/climate change agenda. ( )
  papyri | Feb 23, 2014 |
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  shelldvds | Feb 11, 2007 |
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Emmerich, RolandDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
April, Renéesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brenner, Davidsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Gordon, Marksecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Horn, Kelly VanProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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When global warming triggers the onset of a new ice age, tornadoes flatten Los Angeles, a tidal wave engulfs New York City and the entire Northern Hemisphere begns to freeze solid. Now, climatologist Jack Hall, his son Sam, and a small band of survivors must ride out the growing superstorm and stay alive in the face of an enemy more powerful and relentless than anything anyone has ever encountered: Mother Nature.

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