Day after Tomorrow, The (2004)

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Original Title : Day After Tomorrow, The
Director : Roland Emmerich
Writer : Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich
Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Genre : Action
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Roland Emmerich , Ute Emmerich , Stephanie Germain , Mark Gordon , Thomas M. Hammel , Lawrence Inglee , Kelly Van Horn , Kim H. Winther
Music : Harald Kloser
Thomas Wanker
Photography : Ueli Steiger
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for intense situations of peril.
IMDB ID : 0319262
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Dennis Quaid Jack Hall
Jake Gyllenhaal Sam Hall
Emmy Rossum Laura Chapman
Dash Mihok Jason Evans
Jay O. Sanders Frank Harris
Sela Ward Dr. Lucy Hall
Austin Nichols J.D.
Arjay Smith Brian Parks
Tamlyn Tomita Janet Tokada
Sasha Roiz Parker
Ian Holm Terry Rapson
Nassim Sharara Saudi Delegate
Carl Alacchi Venezuelan Delegate
Kenneth Welsh Vice President Becker
Michael A. Samah Saudi Translator
Robin Wilcock Tony
Jason Blicker Paul
Kenneth Moskow Bob
Tim Hamaguchi Taka
Glenn Plummer Luther
Adrian Lester Simon
Richard McMillan Dennis
Nestor Serrano Gomez
Sylvain Landry Science Officer
Christopher Britton Vorsteen (as Chris Britton
Vlasta Vrana Booker (MPC
Pauline Little Lanson (SSL
Alan Fawcett Commander Daniels (Hurricane Hunter
Howard Bilerman Rookie Scientist (Hurricane Hunter
John Maclaren Veteran Scientist (Hurricane Hunter
Frank Schorpion DC Fireman
Rachell Glait Pinehurst Academy Teacher (as Rachelle Glait
Pierre Leblanc International Reporter, New Delhi
Richard Zeman Flight Director
Perry King President Blake
Frank Fontaine Caddy 'Cooper'
Mimi Kuzyk Secretary of State
Al Vandecruys Scholastic Decathlon Referee
Vitali Makarov Yuri, Russian Astronaut
Russell Yuen Hideki, Japanese Astronaut
Tim Bagley Tommy
Pierre Lenoir J.D.'s Doorman
Don Kirk Victor, J.D.'s Driver
Lisa Canning L.A. Anchorwoman
Terry Rhoads L.A. Anchorman
Nicolas Feller Shop Owner Grandson
J.P. Manoux L.A. Cameraman
Chuck Shamata General Pierce
Phillip Jarrett Campbell
Tetchena Bellange Jama
Tony Calabretta Cabbie
Vivian Winther Noel, Frozen Woman
Sheila McCarthy Judith
Tom Rooney Jeremy
Amy Sloan Elsa
David Schaap Financial Reporter
Marylou Belugou Binata
Nobuya Shimamoto Japanese Policeman
Bunrey Miyake Japanese Shop Owner
Karen Glave Maria
Jennifer Morehouse French Reporter
Christian Tessier Aaron
Joe Cobden Zack
Caroline Keenan Tina (as Caroline Keenan-Wiseman
Aaron Lustig Bernie
Sam Woods Mr. Walden
Jesus Perez Mexican (NWS
Jack Laufer Jeff Baffin
Luke Letourneau Peter
John Sanford Moore New York Reporter (as John Moore
William Francis McGuire Bart Chopper Reporter
Michael McNally Buckingham Palace Reporter
Anne Day-Jones Jeanette
Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais Cecil
Lynne De Bel Old Frozen Woman (as Lynne Debel
Mikio Owaki Noodle Chef
Terry Simpson Cesar
Alvin Tam Japanese Reporter
Joey Elias Library Security Guard
Ron Darling Hawaiian News Anchor
José Ramón Rosario Cabbie 'Crazy Weather'
Kwasi Songui Statue of Liberty Guard
John C. Colton Fox Newscaster
Dilva Henry Fox Newscaster
Mark Thompson News Reporter
Wendy L. Walsh Weather Channel Newscaster
Mark Pfister Weather Channel Newscaster
Ana Garcia Headline Reporter
W. Lauren Sanchez International Newscaster (as Lauren Sanchez
Rob Fukuzaki National Newscaster
Ross King British Reporter
Robert Holguin Reporter
Suzanne Michaels Reporter
Leyna Nguyen Misc. Newscaster
Lina Patel Misc. Newscaster
Rosey Edeh New York Reporter
Lori Graham Grocery Store Reporter
Jesse Todd Scientist in Hallway
Gordon Masten New York Bus Driver
Matt Adler Truck Radio Announcer
Ray Légaré Construction Man
Matt Holland RAF
Greg Kramer RAF
Joel McNichol RAF


This movie takes a big-budget, special-effects-filled look at what the world would look like if the greenhouse effect and global warming continued at such levels that they resulted in worldwide catastrophe and disaster, including multiple hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of the next Ice Age. At the center of the story is a paleoclimatologist (a scientist who studies the ways weather patterns changed in the past), Professor Adrian Hall (Quaid), who tries to save the world from the effects of global warming while also trying to get to his son, Sam (Gyllenhaal), who was in New York City as part of a scholastic competition, when the city was overwhelmed by the chilling beginnings of the new Ice Age. In addition to all of the other challenges Dr. Hall faces, he's also going against the flow as humanity races south to warmer climes, and he's nearly the only one going north...


Clichéd, illogical, unscientific but the first hour really delivers even if the second hour is like the 1970's never happened After years of warning about global warning, Jack Hall is horrified to find all his predictions coming true much faster than he could have imagined. Hail stones the size of footballs decimate cities, typhoons destroy Los Angeles and New York becomes flooded. As the big freeze crosses the northern hemisphere, a small group of survivors try to fend off the cold as the world prepares for a dramatic change in the world order. This film may be a modern blockbuster but in almost everyway it is a 1970's disaster movie where an event happens after some build up and we then spend the rest of the film watching the survivors trying to, well, survive. In that regard the film carries all the usual problems that the genre carries but happily benefits from the fact that the effects are much better than 1970's movies could manage. For this reason the first hour is great –, it has dramatic pace, is involving and looks fantastic even if we have seen it before in different variations (how many times has New York been destroyed now?). However after the sheer global terror is pretty much finished we suddenly become much more small scale and the film looses much of it's impact and it's pace. After the initial danger has passed the film uses illogical and silly plot devices to put the survivors at risk –, a cold eye of a storm, blood infections, creeping ice and wolves are among the problems. While this is OK on a genre level it doesn't compare to the first hour and it gets a little dull and plodding at times. The clichés are all present and correct: the politicians, the upright scientists, the sacrifice, the daring rescues and so on. It's fair to say that if you are looking for more than a basic script then you will be looking in the wrong place here. All this film does is to provide spectacle and moments of dramatic action –, if you want to think about it then you will only hurt your enjoyment of the action. The film tries to deliver an environmental message but in a way this film will not help the environmental movement because it is too exaggerated to be taken seriously (like the idea of Celtic and Man Utd reaching the Champions League final –, during this season? Please!), however it does include several surprisingly barbed attacks on the US administration (could the VP look any more like Cheney?). Just a shame that the film message is delivered with all the subtlety that Segal showed when he did something similar in his environmental action film On Deadly Ground. The script doesn't really create characters either and it means we don't care that much about what happens to them in the final hour (countless millions are dead for goodness sake!). The dialogue in the first hour is nicely gruff and scientific and very genre but the second hour is more human and the lines aren't suited for that –, not even in the hands of an impressive number of good actors. I like Quaid and he is a good lead here, he gets the good scientific stuff and only is lumbered with the rather silly notion of walking to New York from Washington. Gyllenhaal must have upset legions of cult fan boys by appearing in a big budget movie but he does OK with the role (despite looking too old to be in school). The rest of the cast are fairly mixed but, as with the genre, they are just filled even if some are good. Welsh is good even if he was cast for his similarity to Dick Cheney, Holm adds a small bit of dignity in his role as well as being supported by the very fine actor Lester in a minor role. Faces like Sanders, Mihok and a few others don't really matter as they are merely victims waiting for their turn to be used for dramatic effect. Overall the first hour of this film is good on a blockbuster level, but it blows it's wad too early (don't ya hate it when that happens?!) and is left with a second hour that is right out of the 1970's with all the weaknesses that that entails. Generally I enjoyed the film because I was just expecting a big noisy movie to pass a few hours –, bad script, no characters and lots of clichés? Why would I be surprised by that? It's par for the course and you should not watch this if you know these aspects will annoy you. As it is, it's an average film but one that is noisy and spectacular enough to pass muster in the summer blockbuster stakes.
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