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Movie of the Day – The Day After Tomorrow

Posted on the 27 February 2013 by Plotdevice39 @PlotDevices

Well the snow storm Rocky came and surprisingly it wasn’t that bad.  I mean yeah my dog gets lost in the snow drifts that are currently sitting in my backyard, but he’s a dog and he liked jumping around in them.  Although snow storm did look cool for the time it was happening, it was made better by my hate watching of The Day After Tomorrow, a movie that is so grandiose and bad, that I actually enjoy the large scale, global destruction cause Roland Emmerich is the fucking Picasso of end of the world movies.  Oh yeah, it’s time for a global scare.

The Day After Tomorrow 1a

At the eye of the storm is paleoclimatologist (a professor dedicated to the study of weather patterns throughout the ages) Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), who voluntarily takes on the preservation of the world in the dawn of the next ice age and all the disaster that comes along with it — violent hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tidal waves, massive floods, etc. Hall must also contact his son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), who was in the middle of an academic competition in New York City when the chaos begun. In addition to facing the largest-scale onslaught of natural catastrophes in the history of humankind, Jack, in his journey north, must contend with the masses fleeing south in an attempt to resettle in a warmer climate. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

I make no bones about my general love/hate relationship with this movie.  I love apocalyptic movies and this is one with a wide scale destruction path that is both a visual spectacle and pure, campy fun.  The campy fun comes from the acting, dialogue, and situation that the world is placed into.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some good actors in this movie, but Christ was it just a waste of talent with this script.  Everything was over the top in terms of being alarmists, the scientific discussions were a bit laughable.  I just want to see things get destroyed and by damn did I get that on a global scale.

The Day After Tomorrow 1b

If there is one thing that Emmerich can do well, it’s making a visual buffet out of destruction.  The weather phenomenons in the movie lend itself to glittery destruction paths from tornadoes, ice storms and floods, they all look wonderful and destructive.  It’s eye-popping for sure, a fulfillment of the most base of summer movie needs, but that is really all it has going for it, which is great since having to base a movie around special effects will come off even more as a joke.  The movie is surely filled with enough cliche moments that are all drowned in the special effects that Emmerich throws at the screen.  There is a certain rhythm to all the madness on screen, as each set piece of climactic weather is overtaken by the next.

Listen, I am disparaging the movie and its message of the climate of global warming, I guess it was trying to make a salient point about having to turn the tide of the weather and better the world with its closing message, but come on man.  In the movie people instantly freeze to death, the main lead makes it on foot from like Pittsburgh to New York in record time, in the snow mind you, and a lot of other leap in movie watching logic.  It all makes for window dressing amongst a large pandemic of weather calamities, also there are wolves in the movie for added tension because why the fuck not.

So, not the most perfect movie to weather our current snow storm, but hey, at least I can be entertained by some special effects and destruction.

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