The Day After Tomorrow

By Rhea Holleman

“If you look over behind me, that’s a tornado. Yes! A twister in Los Angeles. It’s one of many tornadoes that are destroying our city. There’s another one! That’s the Los Angeles skyline! It’s unbelievable! It’s huge! I’ve never sMV5BMTU1NTA3NzMwOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzEzMTEzMw@@._V1._SX640_SY964_een anything like that!”

In a storm of sudden climate changes, the world is dropping into a new ice age at an alarming rate in The Day After Tomorrow. Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a group of survivors try to stay just that, survivors. In the meantime his father, paleoclimatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) is on a desperate and seemingly hopeless quest to rescue his son, and mend the strained father-son relationship. The government is now trying to limit the damage done by failing to listen to Jack Hall’s warnings.

Roland Emmerich’s The Day After Tomorrow is a man vs. nature drama, the good kind. A dramatic warning of what could happen if global warming continues. This film is a perfect example of how you don’t need explosions or time bombs to keep an audience in suspense; Mother Nature is enough. Despite the serious topic and life-threatening situations, there is still a place for humour; the witty conversations between Jeremy and Elsa, two other survivors, especially lighten the mood.

Some of the scenarios are a little farfetched (Sam and his friends outrun a blast of freezing air and close the doors to keep it out) and, of course, there is the stereotypical government that doesn’t listen at the critical moment, dooming half the population.

The special effects, though, are impressive, especially the ice shelf cracking, the New York City flood, the lifelike wolves, the ship sailing through the streets of New York, and the overall weather effects. The music complements the dramatic moments in the film, full of suspense when the action unfolds, and thoroughly sad when necessary.

Some good acting on the parts of Jake Gyllenhaal, who still manages to be in love while all the drama unfolds, Dennis Quaid, convincing as the father who risks all to rescue his son, and Ian Holm, who knows how to bring bad news. Only Emmy Rossum’s acting as Laura is a bit affected.

Despite some minor flaws, The Day After Tomorrow is an exciting, interesting film, that keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat. Go see!

Movie: The Day After Tomorrow
Release: 2004
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Emmy Rossum
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Studio: Centropolis Entertainment Lions Gate
Script: Roland Emmerich, Jeffrey Nachmanoff
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 124 minutes


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