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Day After Tomorrow


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  • Directors: Roland Emmerich
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005W197LU

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With THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, director Roland Emmerich (INDEPENDENCE DAY, GODZILLA) trades evil aliens and radioactive lizards in for some seriously bad weather. When a radical change in the temperature of the world's oceans causes deadly storms and sets a new Ice Age in motion, climatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) must race from Washington D.C. to save his son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), in the subzero climes of New York City. Elsewhere, tornadoes and hail menace the globe, leading to international disasters on an extraordinary level. Emmerich, who has proven to be a master of big-budget cinematic destruction on numerous occasions, aims to outdo himself with THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW. Here entire cities are ripped apart, flooded, and/or frozen, adding up to one of the biggest disaster movies ever filmed. Although astonishingly rendered special effects rule the movie, adept actors such as Quaid and Gyllenhaal (along with Sela Ward, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, and others) turn in solid performances that help to balance out the meteorological mayhem. Surprisingly, Emmerich also uses the film as a vehicle for clever moments of social and political commentary, making THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW admirably smarter and considerably more entertaining than typical Hollywood blockbusters.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mail-order Christ on 20 Feb 2005
Format: VHS Tape
While it is true that this film's plot is a clichéd, father-doesn't-know-son-well, father-saves-son-at-end based story, and it is also true that, like with all war films to date, the film is audaciously biased towards America's power over the rest of the world, the film does make a genuine point about humanities dependance and complacency when it comes to global warming, and for that it deserves a star. The other stars go to the amazing special effects which are, quite simply, the best ever seen in cinema history. You'd be hard-pressed to find anything that even comes close.

My verdict is that this film, despite having a flat plot and amateur-ish acting (apart from Dennis Quaid, who proves once again that he can give even the most emotionless parts a bit of soul), you're certainly not going to be bored watching this.
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A well made film with something in it for everyone. Plenty of action and suspense. Although loosely based on scientific models of what could happen to bring on the next Ice Age and how this would occur, you have to remember this is a work of fiction and treat it as such. As long as you're prepared to do this you'll enjoy the film immensely. I first watched this film when it originally came out and have always wanted to watch it again. For me to do that it must be a good film as I'm not one for watching repeats. There are mixed reviews about this film but personally, I think this is a film well worth watching and as with the majority of disaster movies it ends leaving you with that feel good factor.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nick Fellows on 26 Oct 2004
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This fabulous action film always puts questions into your mind. Whether its about will they get enough food to survive or whether its "how long will they be in this library for?". The whole film is about the whole world freezing over. At one point in the movie, the earth's temperature goes way below 0 for a few seconds and one man just freezes while he's getting out of his helicopter. There are a few incidents like this so the main charactors decide that they and all the towns people need to go somewhere where it's warm so they can all share each others body heat. In the end, they choose the library. Everyone starts shoving books into the fire. One guy goes,"I've got some books on tax law down here that we can burn!".In the end, the earth of cource is saved from completely freezing over. It's an amazing film that has everything from action to comedy. A must buy!!
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ben on 23 Nov 2004
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Admittedly I was pretty sceptical going in to this one. Disaster movies laden with special effects and no real plot / character development have never been my thing - but I think this one really sinks to a new low.
The only real star is the special effects which are quite frankly amazing. However brilliant special effects do not cover up the fact that this film has little/no plot other than the inconceivable notion that a young man's father will cross a natural disaster ridden United States to meet/save his son.
Jake Gylenhaal's performance is wooden at best and embarrassing at worst. While other indie stars choose mainstream projects of interest and role's that actually give them a chance to demonstrate their abilities (see Toby Maguire in Spiderman) Jake seems to have picked the first major script that landed in his lap and his career will suffer greatly because of it.
Only for special effects junkies..
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