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The Day After Tomorrow (12A)
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz
Emmerich: Rubbish
Emmerich: Rubbish

Godzilla, Independence Day, The Patriot and Stargate are not great films. They vary between terrible and just about bearable, so perhaps it's not too much of a surprise to find out that Roland Emmerich's latest offering is definitely the worst summer blockbuster you will see this year, and probably for some years to come.

Dennis Quaid plays a climatologist who suspects that, due to global warming, the Earth may suffer another ice age over the next ten years. Of course, the politicians around the world shrug off the opinion of the respected scientist and lo and behold, a few days later, the Earth is frozen solid. Which Emmerich himself admits is completely unfeasible, but it doesn't matter - this is Hollywood.

So, as the worst storm mankind has ever seen strikes the planet, Quaid's son, Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko) gets stranded in New York Library and gets cold. His dad, meanwhile, decides to walk through the storm from Washington to New York, while most of the population of America gets wiped out. We never find out why Quaid's character does this, but that's OK because we get to see the American flag reflected in his ski goggles and watch him runaway from, wait for it... cold air.

There is so much wrong with this film, it's hard to pick a starting point. The script is cheesy and clichéd, the storyline is tacky and predictable and many of the events in the film are unrealistic, unfeasible, unexplained and nonsensical. An action film like this requires what they call "suspension of disbelief" to work, but you may find your "suspension" frequently broken here, by helicopters freezing in mid-air and dropping out of the sky or weather stations reporting that temperatures are dropping at 10 degrees per second. Parts of this film will at times remind you of Airplane! (but not in a good way) and at other times remind you of Deep Impact (there is no good way).

In summary, if the special effects in this film weren't so good, it would not be worth seeing under any circumstances. However, many people are probably willing to overlook all these flaws and just be swept along by the sheer size and scale of the events in this film. I'm just not one of them.

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Length: 124 minutes
Certificate: 12A
Official Site: http://www.thedayaftertomorrow.com/
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0319262/
Release Date: 27th May 2004

Top Five Rating: 40.0%40.0%40.0%40.0%40.0%40.0%40.0%40.0%40.0%40.0% (40.0%)
User Rating: 70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0% (70.0%)

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