At said meeting, D-Nice meets up with a short, hobbit-looking fellow who warns him, "Don't ye take (Ian Holm) me pot o' gold," or something to that effect. He may have actually been a fellow weather groupie, tracking the weather from a remote Scottish facility. And then there's the issue of Q's son, who looks like he should be finishing up grad school but is, in fact, still in high school. The little scamp is having trouble at school even though he's really, really smart. His teacher just has it out for him, like they do for all misunderstood geniuses. But Li'l Quaid still makes his way to New York for some type of scholarly competition with fellow geeks from around the country. Then the storms come, a LA reporter gets streamrolled by a billboard, a drunken Japanese businessman gets pummeled by hail, a helicopter pilot freezes solid in about 5 seconds and Ian Holm's character just up and disappears. Oh, the humanity of it all!
At the end of the day this could have been a really cool 30-minute movie. But instead they had to stretch out the already basic plot of "weather destroys Earth" thinner than either of the Olsen twins. There's the father/son subplot, the mother/cancer patient subplot, the Ian Holm subplot, the Jake G./Emmy Rossum/unknown punk love triangle subplot, etc, etc. Silly things are concocted out of thin area to create drama like a bunch of ravenous wolves out on the prowl. DQ hikes from Philadelphia to New York. Lugging all kinds of heavy equipment. In an arctic freeze. And saying all this, you'd think I hated the movie. But I didn't. It really wasn't an exercise in cinematic storytelling but it was an entertaining piece of eye candy. The special effects (75% of which you've seen in commercials, trailers, etc.) are amazing and give the film all the 'oomph' it needs to make it watchable. And the real find of the film is actress Emmy Rossum, who bears a slight resemblance to a younger Julia Roberts. Eventually this film may be remembered more because it was her first major film than for anything else. That said, the wife, who was watching with me, was asleep shortly after the deep freeze hit NYC. So - like tequila - it's not for everyone. It'll make some people gag with disgust, while others can stomach enough of it to have a pretty good time.
Audio Commentary by Co-Writer Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Director Of Photography Ulei Steiger, Editor David Brenner and Production Designer Barry Chusid: This is the commentary I enjoyed listening to much more. Perhaps it's cause I'm more of a "movie geek" and much more interested in the technical aspects of a movie such as this one. Here you can find all the dish on the film's special effects and how things were shot. Considering the grand scale of some of the FX, it's really fascinating (and often surprising) to hear what utilized CGI and what was traditional.
Deleted / Extended Scenes: Two added scenes, which unfortunately add very little and are really just "alternate" scenes to ones that exist in the movie as is. But considering how slight the film is already, I can't image too much was cut out. I'd think - if anything - they had to keep adding stuff in...
Audio Demo: Here you can take a scene and re-edit the sound design, which sounds like it might be fun, but would probably benefit from someone from the sound team of the film talking a little bit more about what goes into this type of thing since most of us have no clue.
DVD-ROM: There were supposed to be a whole mess of features available once you popped this disc into your computer and let your DVD-ROM drive go wild. That, in theory, would be great...if it worked. The DVD wanted you to install some type of software to play their features and that software didn't jive with my computer. I talked to a few other people and they had similar problems. Perhaps it was an issue limited to screener discs, but I like to consider myself somewhat tech-savvy but even I gave up after a while.