The Day After Tomorrow (2004, Roland Emmerich Disaster Movie) – 7/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Dennis Quaid: Jack Hall
Jake Gyllenhaal: Sam Hall
Ian Holm: Terry Rapson
Emmy Rossum: Laura (Chapman)
Sela Ward: Dr. Lucy Hall
Dash Mihok: Jason (Evans)
Kenneth Welsh: Vice President Becker
Producer: Roland Emmerich
Writer (Story): Roland Emmerich
Writer (Screenplay): Roland Emmerich
Writer (Screenplay): Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Director: Roland Emmerich
Writer (Original Book) Inspired by The Coming Global Superstorm: Art Bell
Writer (Original Book) Inspired by The Coming Global Superstorm: Whitley Strieber

Day After Tomorrow, The (2004)

Scientist’s around the world are forever warning of major climate change but Jack Hall is going one step further and saying that in the next couple of centuries the world could enter another ice age. Then data starts coming in which demonstrates that he is, catastrophically, both right and wrong.


Despite the spectacular scenes of mass destruction, this superbly sustained disaster movie is more subdued than usual for the genre and contains a positive, thought-provoking message. Remarkably, there are no melodramatically emotional death scenes (no "Stay with me" rubbish) and nobody descends into reckless hysteria. That’s not to say the story isn’t a bit of stretch but, critically, disbelief is entirely suspended for the running time and that is probably co-writer / director / producer Roland Emmerich’s true skill. His movie’s are good-looking, well-acted and truly spectacular, for sure, but it’s his ability to consistently suspend disbelief and keep it there that makes these movies work, and work well.

This movie contains a mild swear word, (commentaries contain sexual swear words) and unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.


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