Through it all there is an actual “story” which is something, you could imagine, the screenwriters thought about while sitting on the toilet. But what’re you gonna do, it was one of the “big” summer movies for Christsake! You’re not expecting anything worthwhile are you? Dennis Quaid (as a paleoclimatologist), after giving his presentation to the president and all those other uppity folk, is basically told he’s full of shit when he states that the world is headed into a new ice age. When all that fails, Quaid and two other guys head to New York to try and save his son, who is in the Big Apple for school. And they do this on f*cking foot! I shit you not. In New York, Gyllenhall and the rest of the high school kids hole up in a library where there is a debate on burning books for warmth and a half assed love triangle between Gyllenhall, a girl, and some other spotty kid. In company with the high school kids, is a bum who turns out to give the kids advice on surviving the elements (Oh, I get it. Bums are the people who we’ll turn to when shit goes bad on a massive scale, so be nicer to them. Gotcha!) There is also some lame ass subplot involving wolves…not joking people, actual wolves. Also, I could’ve done without the message about saving and retaining what’s left of God’s green Earth which reminded me of a question I heard the other day, “Have you hugged your hippie lately?”
There are documentaries and featurettes included with this extra special edition that are broken down into four groups:
Pre-Production – Visual effects supervisor goes through the motions of showing some very early graphics of some of the bigger disaster scenes. You also see some still images from storyboards and a pre-production meeting with Emmerich and members of the crew.
Production – “Two Kings and a Scribe: A Filmmaking Conversation” – Running more than necessary at almost an hour (we have shit to do here) this on-set documentary focuses on Emmerich doing his thing behind the camera.
Post-Production: Visual Effects – The coolest feature on the DVD, this goes way in depth into all the visual effects (not to mention the score) put into the film. Apparently, there were more than eight and less than ten effects studios (including ILM) that helped with the visuals in the film. There are also separate vignettes of the score of the movie, the mixing of the audio and also ten deleted scenes with optional commentary. If you’re wondering, you’re not missing much/anything.
The Science “The Force of Destiny: the Science and Politics of Climate Change” – I was actually really interested in this feature because things like global warming and the end of the world are subjects I have an interest in. Unfortunately, this turned out to be “humans and their garbage are bad, mmkay?” and basically a huge lecture on why we are so bad by polluting the Earth that I felt like I was back in school. I even shot a spit ball at my lady friend at one point. I slept on the couch (okay, the floor).
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