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The Day After Tomorrow
|*Also starring: ||Emmy Rossum, Sela Ward, Arjay Smith, Tamlyn Tomita, Austin Nichols, Timothy Bagley, Christopher Britton, Tony Calabretta, Tommy Chang||
Review by Susan Granger
3 stars out of 4
As Dennis Quaid says, "This is every disaster movie rolled into one.
There are blizzards and hailstorms and tornadoes and tidal waves." After
decades of global warming caused by pollution, it seems Earthlings are facing
deadly meteorological conditions and a new, instant ice age.
Quaid plays a climatologist who treks from Washington, D.C. to
flash-frozen New York during a global superstorm to find his teenage son (Jake
Gyllenhaal) who has taken shelter in Manhattan's Public Library with a
classmate (Emmy Rossum) after a tsunami floods the city.
Director/co-writer Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day") tackles the
mayhem of this overwhelming environmental debacle with the gusto of a true
catastrophist. Suggested in part by the Art Bell/Whitley Strieber apocalyptic
"The Coming Global Superstorm," the swift climate-change concept seems
exaggerated, but who knows? The impressive CGI devastation includes a Russian
freighter floating up Fifth Avenue during a giant tidal surge, the Statue of
Liberty covered in an icy crust and the "Hollywood" sign crumpling in a Los
Angeles tornado, albeit reminiscent of "Twister," "The Core," "Deep Impact,"
"Armageddon," "Vertical Limit," etc..
Despite several meandering subplots, there's little character development
and the dialogue is laughably lame, although an ironic note surfaces as
Americans are forced to flee south, seeking sanctuary in Mexico. The
politically-savvy may also pick up Bush/Cheney jibes for their veto of the
Kyoto Protocol, a global treaty to reduce the threat of global warming. On the
Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "The Day After Tomorrow" is a harrowing, scary
7, delivering an unmistakably cautionary message. If you're into visual
effects, this is a spectacular, eye-popping disaster blast!
Copyright © 2004 Susan Granger
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