The Day after Tomorrow

The Day after Tomorrow

Roland Emmerich (2004)

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Our Score
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.


A climatologist warns global warming will soon result in destructive freak weather, or even another ice age. He thinks the world still has time to prepare for the worst, but the crisis happens almost immediately - and as storms, earthquakes and hurricanes strike in terrifying fashion, he races across America to rescue his son from a frozen New York. Disaster thriller, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid. Edited for language and violence.

Cast & Crew

Sam Hall Jake Gyllenhaal
Jack Hall Dennis Quaid
Laura Chapman Emmy Rossum
Terry Rapson Ian Holm
Jason Evans Dash Mihok
Frank Harris Jay O Sanders
Dr Lucy Hall Sela Ward
Brian Parks Arjay Smith
Director Roland Emmerich
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Edited for violence and language. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 28 May 2004