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The Day After Tomorrow (SE)
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Jun 10, 2005 By: Johnny Moreno
The Day After Tomorrow (SE) order
Director:
Roland Emmerich

Actors:
Dennis Quaid
Jake Gyllenhall
Emmy Rossum

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Mother Nature is really pissed with us humans messing up her beloved world, so she exacts revenge by flooding Manhattan and freezing it, dropping tornadoes in L.A., and dumping snow in India, with all of this being predicted by scientist Dennis Quaid. Quaid then has to rush to New York to find his high school son (Gyllenhall) and try to save the world. Give it up dude, invest in a snowmobile.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
What I really liked about The Day After Tomorrow was you didnt have to wade through a lot of set up or dialogue. The movie pretty much gets right to it because director Roland Emmerich knows that this movie is about one thing: mass destruction. All right! The special effects, especially when I originally saw this in the theatre, were outstanding, causing people to actually gasp and scream and even DODGE flying debris in one scene. But really, every effect you see in the movie was basically showed in the trailer, only they go on a tad bit longer.

Through it all there is an actual story which is something, you could imagine, the screenwriters thought about while sitting on the toilet. But whatre you gonna do, it was one of the big summer movies for Christsake! Youre 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 hes 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 well turn to when shit goes bad on a massive scale, so be nicer to them. Gotcha!) There is also some lame ass subplot involving wolvesnot joking people, actual wolves. Also, I couldve done without the message about saving and retaining whats left of Gods green Earth which reminded me of a question I heard the other day, Have you hugged your hippie lately?
THE EXTRAS
The following features can be found in the first DVD release of The Day After Tomorrow: Audio commentaries: one with director Roland Emmerich and producer Mark Gordon, the other with co-writer Jeffrey Nachmanoff, director of photography Ueli Steiger, editor David Brenner and production designer Barry Chusid.

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 youre wondering, youre 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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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
In all, I found the movie to be quite enjoyable, mostly due to its intense visual effects. On the downside, the story was distracting enough to almost make me fall asleep and gasp at how bad and ill-conceived it was. The Clinic suggests you rent The Day After Tomorrow, as its filled with enough visual goodness to leave your jaw agape. But close your mouth; youre catching flies, man.
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