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The Day after Tomorrow

  • Drama
  • 2004
  • Roland Emmerich
  • 118 mins
  • 12A

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Professor Jack HallDennis Quaid
Sam HallJake Gyllenhaal
Professor Terry RapsonIan Holm
Laura ChapmanEmmy Rossum
Doctor Lucy HallSela Ward
Jason EvansDash Mihok
Frank HarrisJay O Sanders
JDAustin Nichols
Brian ParksArjay Smith
Janet TokadaTamlyn Tomita
LutherGlenn Plummer
SimonAdrian Lester
Vice President BeckerKenneth Welsh
President BlakePerry King
JudithSheila McCarthy
GomezNester Serrano

Crew

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DirectorRoland Emmerich

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2004-05-28
Guidance
Edited for violence and language.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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