The Day After Tomorrow

{4.5/5} “Sir, I am president of the Electronics Club, the Math Club, and the Chess Club. Now if there’s a bigger nerd in here, please… point him out.”

The politicians don’t listen to the scientists, and a huge disaster hits the largely unprepared people of Earth. A sudden climate shift begins with a series of disasters in various places — then the northern part of the world is plunged into a new Ice Age. People in the southern US are advised to head to Mexico, while people in the north are written off as unlikely to survive. Jack Hall, the paleoclimatologist who tried to warn everybody, makes a dangerous trip from Washington D.C. to New York because his son Sam is there.

The Day After Tomorrow was released in 2004. This is the second time I’ve seen this movie, and I missed the beginning, and my viewing was interrupted by commercials.

It’s still a great disaster movie — in what other movie do you see characters literally running from cold weather? It’s scientifically implausible, but as long as you understand that you can enjoy the movie on its own merits. The actors make you believe in what’s happening (at least until you think about it afterwards), it’s exciting, and it’s funny in spots.

Dennis Quaid (Frequency) plays Jack, Jake Gyllenhaal (October Sky) plays Sam, Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera) plays Sam’s friend Laura, and Ian Holm (Brazil) plays a scientist Jack knows.

The movie was directed by Roland Emmerich (Stargate).

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