Review Date: May 26, 2004
Director: Roland Emmerich
Writer: Roland Emmerich, Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Producers: Roland Emmerich, Mark Gordon
That said, it's still a letdown and ultimately ends on a whimper, especially when you consider the awesome mayhem that comes before it. Like most Emmerich flicks, we also get the typical over-use of characters (you don't need to include someone from every minority group in every one of your movies), the crappy dialogue from time to time, the unbelievable circumstances, the fuckin' dog (!!), the forced attempt to slip a "message" into the movie (if I wanted a lesson on the environment, I'd join Greenpeace) and the superfluous attempts at emotion (Sela Ward and her hospital kid) Some of the stuff was also included for the obvious sake of "exposition" to the audience, like when one of the characters turns to Gyllenhaal and says "It's been raining like this for three days straight"-dude, you've been with him for the past three days...I think he already knows that! (Aaaaah, but the audience doesn't...I get it now) Like most event flicks, if you really want to pick this one apart, it's easy to do, but c'mon man...there's a tidal wave washing over New York City...lighten up, it's just a movie! My personal favorite is Quaid's character braving the fuckin' snowstorm of the millennium by wearing a yellow parka, mittens and sleeping in a tent. Makes sense to me! All in all, I can't say that I was ever really bored during this film, enjoyed most of the actors, specifically Quaid who was a nice anchor and Gyllenhaal, who felt like a good "fit" and really loved the CGI stuff, all of which came off really well. I've also become an instant fan of newcomer Emmy Rossum, who lit up the screen with her pretty smile and glowing cheeks. She played Sean Penn's daughter in MYSTIC RIVER.
Note: To anyone who's ever caught in a situation close to this one in real life: listen to the dude who says his dad's a "paleoclimatologist" instead of the library security guard when it comes to matters about the weather. Just FYI.