The Day After Tomorrow – Edited
After studying ice cores from the Arctic Circle, climatologist Adrian Hall (Dennis Quaid) discovers a disturbing warming trend in the region. At a gathering of skeptical world leaders, Hall predicts the coming of another ice age in the next 100 years. His dire forecast comes true with one difference; the earth’s climate changes immediately. The special effects begin as massive storms sweep across the planet, pulling down supercooled air from the stratosphere, endangering the human race. When tidal waves submerge New York City and tornadoes pulverize Los Angeles, the president of the United States turns to Hall for suggestions. Most of the country evacuates to the south, but Hall heads north to New York to rescue his 17-year-old estranged son (Jake Gyllenhaal). When temperatures drop to –150 degrees, rendering all mechanized transportation useless, Hall attempts to hike to the Big Apple in the midst of impossible circumstances.
Bravo to the special effects in this film. All of Los Angeles gets demolished by a series of tornados (which some people probably actually wish for), New York City hammered by rain, tidal waves, and insanely cold temperatures. The movie does carry the typical end of the world theme to it, exhibiting many similar traits as in Armageddon and Deep Impact. It is nice, however, to have a different reason for the destruction of earth, rather than just an asteroid happening to be on course for impact.
This film was very interesting. It was nice to have a film of this nature without the intense love story entwined, and still have an attachment to the characters. The only thing that may be offensive in this flick are the shots of frozen, dead bodies. Also, the main theme could be somewhat scary for young minds- thinking about the end of the world, and losing everything. I recommend the viewing The Day After Tomorrow for clean family entertainment.