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.
Kelly Van Horn
Dash Mihok - Actor
Jake Gyllenhaal - American actor, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, DONNIE DARKO
Glenn Plummer - Star, MENACE II SOCIETY (2003)
Ute Emmerich - Associate Producer
Roland Emmerich - Director
Jay O. Sanders - American Actor, KISS THE GIRLS (1997)
Dennis Quaid - American actor, FREQUENCY (2000)
Ian Holm - British actor, THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001)
Ian Holm Cuthbert - British actor, THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001)
Stephanie Germain - Executive Producer, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW (2004)
Mark Gordon - Producer
Emmy Rossum - Actress, POSEIDON (2006)
Tamlyn Tomita - Actress/Come See Paradise
Nestor Serrano - Actor/"Brenda Starr"
Jeffrey Nachmanoff - Screenwriter, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW (2004)
Austin Nichols - American Actor, DURANGO KIDS (1999)
Sheila McCarthy - Actress
Ueli Steiger - DOP\"THE HOT SPOT"
Harald Kloser - GERMAN COMPOSER
Adrian Lester - Actor
Sela Ward - American TV/Film Actress
Kenneth Welsh - American Supporting Actor
Perry King - Cody Allen of TV's "Riptide"
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 123
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 024543135548
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (intense situations of peril)
- Release Date: August 2014
Theatrical Release: MAY 28, 2004
"[A]ll of Manhattan is flooded, then frozen. Neat!" - 06/04/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.54-5
"A throwback to the disaster movies of the '70s, this is cinema as pure spectacle....It's the kind of movie popcorn was invented for." - 07/01/2004 Uncut, p.132
"[T]he onset of this ice age is thoroughly cinematic." - 07/01/2004 Sight and Sound, p.48