Excerpt: Climatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) predicts that global warming is about to create a second Ice Age, but no one believes him until tornadoes and hailstorms and tidal waves begin wiping out major cities. Hall's son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal) is trapped in a flooded New York City that is about to get hit by the wave of cold, so Hall decides to trek across four states to try to rescue him.
Excerpt: Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) is a climatologist, he studies patterns in the planet’s climate and weather, from the prehistoric era up to modern times. So he is able to recognize certain patterns even before they are realized, but even he couldn’t have predicted what has started. Hall presented information about global warming and how it would change the climate of the world, but his suggestions were ignored for the most part.
Conclusion: A very good video transfer and an excellent audio track makes The Day After Tomorrow a solid but imperfect addition to my Blu-ray library. Recommended to the fan of the disaster movie genre or home theater buff. Turn off your brain and enjoy. Reviewer's Note : I tried playing this and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer on my Windows Vista Ultimate PC with PowerDVD Ultra 7.3. At first the program wouldn't play the disc at all, then an update appeared on site.
Excerpt: Director Roland Emmerich has carved out a career of big-budget-large-scale-summer-blockbuster-type-movies; he's one of a few directors that have had a lot of success creating nonsense fodder for the popcorn crowd. His film are often bloated, feature lackluster scripting and acting but are usually entertaining (with the exception of "Godzilla" (1998) which was painful for all involved including the audience) and feature some high class special effects that tend to steal...
Conclusion: 'The Day After Tomorrow' is an ambitious and idealistic Hollywood blockbuster about the dangers of global warming. Unfortunately, despite its unique premise, ultimately this one's a rather pedestrian action-thriller that doesn't say much about the state of our climate other than we're doomed. This Blu-ray release is a winner, though. The video achieves reference-quality levels and the booming soundtrack hovers just above fantastic.
Summary: Sometime after the debacle that was 'Godzilla,' director Roland Emmerich obviously came to terms with the fact that he really just wants to make a 70s disaster movie. Thanks to a game cast and stunning special effects, he delivers.
Excerpt: Here's the detail that reveals everything anyone needs to know about The Day After Tomorrow : As a climatological catastrophe destroys the world, the film frequently checks in on a noble doctor who's unwilling to abandon her post even as the situation grows hopeless. (In fine disaster-movie tradition, she's played by Sela Ward, one of about half a dozen B-listers—including Perry King as, uh, the president.
Excerpt: I’m pretty forgiving when it comes to disaster movies. Give me big effects, big destruction, and lots of it and I’ll be happy. Till now, Roland Emmerich has proven to be the modern master of that genre. Silly computer virus ending aside, Independence Day is a blast. There’s even some fun to be had in watching Emmerich’s Godzilla , inferior though it may be to the eminently better low budget efforts of Toho.
Conclusion: Watch out for the odd soggy patch/ unintentional giggle, but Emmerich's best movie does not require a storm warning. On the contrary, the outlook for summer is rather cool, with bright box office and, for once, no chance of a sequel to dampen spirits.