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The Day After Tomorrow

Starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Sela Ward,
Ian Holm, Dash Mihok, Jay O. Sanders

Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) is a climatologist whose work has led him to discover some very odd weather patterns and huge temperature changes throughout the world. Snow falls in India as hail the size of cantaloupes hit Japan and Europe. Jack fears the world is on the door step of a new ice age and attempts to let the political leaders know his fears, but the government ignores his warnings until everything above the Mason-Dixon line is lost under ice.

As Los Angeles is destroyed by violent tornadoes New York City is getting drowned by a 500 foot tidal wave and later buried under mountains of snow. Jack decides to head to New York on foot from Philadelphia to save his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), and his girl friend Laura (Emmy Rossum). They have taken shelter inside the New York City library along with a few other folks their age who listened to Sam and did not go outside in the minus 150 degree weather.

The Day After Tomorrow delivers special effects second to none! Scenes in which we see Los Angeles and New York City being devastated appear so real we find our pulse racing and discover that our seats have too small an edge to sit on. The FX are so realistic the cold, wind and terror appear to fill the theater and our eyes are riveted to the screen. Kudos to director, Roland Emmerich and his special effects team for making the scenes so perfect.

The weak part of this film is character development. What a shame we can not find a single character to get involved with. Even Quaid who plays his role quite well doesn’t warm our heart in all that snow. Had we been introduced to folks we care about the suspense would have taken our breath as the characters survived or were destroyed by the violent weather. Too bad the great special effects run away with the film.

This is a must see film on the big screen. The effects will not play nearly as well on video at home. I can tell you that The Perfect Storm plays nicely on a 65 inch HD Wide TV Screen, but the theater rendition blows it away. This film produces the same visual characteristics.

Within all the weather problems, look for the political sub-line it’s about as real as it gets.

The Day After Tomorrow
B +

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