The Day after Tomorrow

  • 12
  • Roland Emmerich (2004)
  • US
  • 118 min
The Day after Tomorrow
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This jaw-dropping disaster movie makes director Roland Emmerich's previous outings feel like expensive dress rehearsals. For all their epic destruction, his previous features Independence Day and the lacklustre Godzilla are damp squibs compared to this astonishing, cautionary tale. Rooted loosely in scientific reality, the film piles on the Hollywood excess to deliver a US-centred thrill-ride in which global warming abruptly pushes the planet into a new ice age during one incredible worldwide superstorm. Though there's a human element, focusing on climatologist Dennis Quaid's cross-country journey to Manhattan to rescue his trapped son, Jake Gyllenhaal, it's the weather effects that take centre stage. Putting aside the anticlimactic conclusion, this is cinema as pure spectacle, as tornados, flash floods, hurricanes and snow demolish cities including LA and New York. Never mind that the dialogue is frequently laugh-out-loud cheesy and the performances are often melodramatic, what counts here is the enormous entertainment factor.

Plot Summary

Disaster movie from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, starring Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal. When climatologist Jack Hall tries to warn Washington that the planet is facing an imminent, catastrophic climate shift, government officials fail to take him seriously. But, when the Earth abruptly plunges into a new ice age, it soon becomes clear that the human race is facing extinction.

Cast and crew


Professor Jack Hall
Dennis Quaid
Sam Hall
Jake Gyllenhaal
Professor Terry Rapson
Ian Holm
Laura Chapman
Emmy Rossum
Doctor Lucy Hall
Sela Ward
Jason Evans
Dash Mihok
Frank Harris
Jay O Sanders
Austin Nichols
Brian Parks
Arjay Smith
Janet Tokada
Tamlyn Tomita
Glenn Plummer
Adrian Lester
Vice President Becker
Kenneth Welsh
President Blake
Perry King
Sheila McCarthy
Nester Serrano


Roland Emmerich

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Edited for violence and language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 28 May 2004
Certificate 12
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.