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The Day After Tomorrow

A 2008 movie directed by Roland Emmerich

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A powerful diaster epic that may be implausible but still is complete fun....

  • Nov 11, 2009
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It's got a  great idea and mind blowing visual effects  but Roland Emmerich's "The Day After Tomorrow" falls  flat  mainly due  to  it 's poorly constructed script, underdeveloped characters, scientific inaccuracies and poor acting. But amazingly this film works due to it's special effects  are on such a grand and amazing scale that it works  even if it's plot is  ridiculous



"The Day After Tomorrow" is not great movie making  it's not horrible but it could have been more, much more. But  like most disaster films it settles for average instead of shooting for the stars. I liked the story, I  liked the ideas it laid out  in front  of you  onscreen  but it  didn't live up  to what I had really expected. Buy I will admit this,  TDAT was epic  on a technical scale  but on being a compelling and powerful story it fell far too short to impress  mainstream audience.


Dennis Quaid is alright as  the  hero of the story  but he  could have been so much better if he  had only been given more to work with, Quaid  isn't bad because he's a terrible actor  he's not  but the script is too shallow    and underdeveloped for him to work with. And that is the reason he fails  not due to the rest of the cast, not due to  his acting skills but due to poor production values  that downplay  him far too much. Jake Gyllenhaal  is painfully bad  as the son of Quaid   he can't carry  the part he plays  and he can't make himself  convincing enough   to help make this film   better. All he does is  just   act  moody through the whole film which doesn't do much for  the audience or  make him a very likable player  at that.  But all in all the cast of young  and seasoned  actors do alright in this but the young actors  don't do much   and the  more experienced actors fall flat due to poor production values but do entertain..  somewhat.



It may not impress you as a story  or as a whole  but as a special effects laden  blockbuster it works and it entertains but it's scientific inaccuracies will  turn off viewers from seeing it  but the amazing special effects may still  draw you into seeing it. "The Day After Tomorrow" is not  horrible  it's just average on a high scale and that is what makes it   work  and makes it  watchable  and entertaining. All in all TDAT is passing entertainment.
One of the best and most powerful disaster films I'v e seen in years...

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November 11, 2009
Agreed. Just whacked this in my player the other day in preperation for 2012.
November 11, 2009
I hear that 2012 is like a giant Day After Tomorrow sequel. I totally forgot how excited I was when i was watching this movie, and now after thinking I wasn't going to get into it, I totally want to see 2012.
November 12, 2009
2012 is fantastic. Just came out of the theater not 20 minutes ago. He takes the "disaster movie" to a whole new level in this one. Truly feels global. I love The Day After Tomorrow. That movie dealt with climate change, destructive to be sure, 2012 is The. End. Of. The. World. It's big, long and loud. Enjoy :)
 
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review by . November 17, 2008
The focus of this latest disaster flick is X-treme weather gone wrong.     Instead of aliens or mutant monsters, we have:     1. Some mean weather systems trashing the planet with tornados, typhoons, tidal waves, hurricanes, sub zero temperatures and flash freezing.     2. A screenplay attacking the ears with some terrible dialogue.     3. An implausable plot cruelly stretching the credibilty.     This …
review by . March 14, 2005
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Thought-provoking tale about the cataclysmic weather events that take place on planet earth as a result of global climate changes. Dennis Quaid stars as a climatologist who knows his stuff...and based upon information received from his colleagues around the globe, determines that the massive storms and temperature changes that the world has been experiencing is ushering in another ice age. Predictably, he battles with US politicians in an effort to save as many as his countrymen as possible--finally …
review by . October 24, 2004
Pros: Good balance between special effects and human interaction, serious good action.     Cons: Some cliche's!      The Bottom Line: In the final analysis The Day After Tomorrow is thankfully just fiction, but it will make you think, about what we are doing to our planet.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. By now if you have not heard of the growing global warm phenomenon, you are either a hermit, …
review by . September 24, 2004
Roland Emmerich has done it again. He's found another way of destroying major cities on the big screen. This time around, it isn't a giant lizard or aliens, though. This time, it's Big Momma Nature. I caught this one in the cinema, and I'm sure that it has a better payoff there than on the TV. It's still worth a look though.     The premise of the story is a little wild, but all in all this is just another disaster flick. There's no moral to this story(unless you're a tree-hugger …
review by . September 18, 2004
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The Day after Tomorrow was made, apparently, for one reason: To wow the audience with its special effects and for a few moments make us feel like we are also dodging tidal waves and tornadoes. In that way, for me, it succeeded.      You can't approach effects vehicles the same way as hardcore drama's that are filled with the do's and do not's of life. You have to step back and ask: Do I care enough about these characters to worry whether they make it or not? I felt …
review by . May 27, 2004
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Pros: None     Cons: Bad acting, story, and lines.     The Bottom Line: A complete and utter disaster.     In the new film “The Day After Tomorrow” a bitter chill will envelope the audience as they realize that they have just spent money to watch one of the worst films in history. This is the reaction that many unsuspecting theatergoers are going to have this Memorial Day weekend as they watch the latest disaster film from Writer/Director/Producer …
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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 h...
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