Anyone looking for any kind of realistic consideration of the problem of climate change is in completely the wrong place with The Day After Tomorrow
. Employing scientific conventions and explanations that you could rightly describe as ropey, it nonetheless does manage to deliver an entertaining slice of science fiction, and some high concept blockbuster fun.
Directed by Roland Emmerich, whose previous examples of spectacle cinema include Independence Day and Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow sees a new ice age dawning on the Earth, and in double quick time too. Caught in the midst of it all are Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid, as a separated son and father, with the former in New York and the latter in Washington. Quaids climatologist sets off to find and rescue his offspring, across a desperate ice-laden wasteland replete with umpteen threats along the way.
Taken as a slice of easy blockbuster entertainment, its hard not to glean some enjoyment out of The Day After Tomorrow. You may sit there trying to work out why some things freeze and some things dont, but you cant help but marvel at the terrific special effects, and the breezy pace of it all. In high definition, as youd hope and expect, it all looks even better, and gives a meaty workout for any 1080p-ready display. Just dont take it all that seriously
Mega-budget, special-effects packed action adventure sci-fi epic directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, Stargate), in which global warming and the greenhouse effect have given rise to abrupt climate change - with cataclysmic consequences for the entire planet. Dennis Quaid stars as Professor Adrian Hall, a paleoclimatologist who is fighting to save the world from a second ice age and all the natural disasters that herald it: floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes to name but a few. But first, Hall must complete a more personal mission: his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal) is stranded in New York City where he was taking part in a school competition when the catastrophe began. As well as facing a perpetual onslaught of natural catastrophes, Hall must fight his way through the mass of humanity fleeing south into warmer climes... but can he reach his son in time to save him?