When global warming triggers the onset of a new Ice Age, tornadoes flatten Los Angeles, a tidal wave engulfs New York City and the entire Northern Hemisphere begins to freeze solid. Now, climatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a small band of survivors must ride out the growing superstorm and stay alive in the face of an enemy more powerful and relentless than any they’ve ever encountered: Mother Nature!
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With THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, director Roland Emmerich (INDEPENDENCE DAY, GODZILLA) trades evil aliens and radioactive lizards in for some seriously bad weather. When a radical change in the temperature of the world's oceans causes deadly storms and sets a new Ice Age in motion, climatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) must race from Washington D.C. to save his son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), in the subzero climes of New York City. Elsewhere, tornadoes and hail menace the globe, leading to international disasters on an extraordinary level.
Emmerich, who has proven to be a master of big-budget cinematic destruction on numerous occasions, aims to outdo himself with THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW. Here entire cities are ripped apart, flooded, and/or frozen, adding up to one of the biggest disaster movies ever filmed. Although astonishingly rendered special effects rule the movie, adept actors such as Quaid and Gyllenhaal (along with Sela Ward, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, and others) turn in solid performances that help to balance out the meteorological mayhem. Surprisingly, Emmerich also uses the film as a vehicle for clever moments of social and political commentary, making THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW admirably smarter and considerably more entertaining than typical Hollywood blockbusters.
Rating (MPAA): PG-13
Originally Released/Aired: 2004
Run Time: 123 min
DVD Special Features:
- Commentary by director Roland Emmerich, producer Mark Gordon, and co-writer Jeffery Nachmanoff
- Commentary by Ueli Steiger, editor David Brenner, and production designer Barry Chusid
- Deleted Scenes: Scene 25 Gary's Shady Deal/Taka Dies (3:13), Scene 209-210B First Version of Jack and Jason After the Big Freeze (4:49)
- Interactive Audio Demo
- DVD Rom link to exclusive material
- Inside Look: Intro Animation (:45)
- The Flight of the Phoenix Sneak Peak (3:00), Mr. and Mrs. Smith (3:00)
Audio: English DTS 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround
Close Captioned: Yes
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