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This film deserves a 2/5 - below average. Yet it so exemplifies the below average category, it rises (or sinks, depending on your perspective) to new lows.
Does Dennis Quaid actually act in The Day After Tomorrow? Yes, but he acts like Dennis Quaid in "Flight of the Phoenix"... or perhaps Dennis Quaid in "Switchback"... or perhaps Dennis Quaid in any number of Dennis Quaid-esque B-movies. Stereotypical lone ranger acting is just one of many reasons to see this film. As for Jake... well, let's just say no one mentioned 'Oscar.'
In addition to mediocre acting, the movie is... well, it's just plain bad. It is predictable, the dialogue is cliche, and you can tell when certain key characters are about to die (ie, the "oh yeah, I recognize that actor! What's his name? It's not in caps by the title - oops! I guess that's because he's only in the film 25 minutes"). You can even predict how the extras decease before they are offed by the director. Yup, nothing new here.
However, of all the reviews written for this film, no one mentions the most hysterical component: the CGI wolves. I won't ruin it for you. They are supposed to be menacing, but I couldn't stop laughing. Lie down in front of your tv, raise a sock puppet in front of the screen, and then growl. GRRR! You'll be ready to join the tundra terrors in no time.
Like many multi-million dollar endeavors, this blockbuster went from action-adventure to comedy because it took itself so seriously. This precisely why I recommend it: the combined mediocrity of acting, the overplayed drama-at-every-turn-approach, and the predictableness of everything but the terrifying villains (which are unintentionally the most comedic members of this ensemble) is why this film acheives such brilliant lameness. Honestly, who almost drowns while talking on a payphone in the library? Does Jake really have to raise a freezing floor in the Classical Literature section, and if he did, would closing the double wooden doors actually help? It's these sort of ridiculous moments that make this film so outrageously funny.
In trying to be a muscular blockbuster, this film becomes bloated with unexpected humor. The Day After Tomorrow loaded up on cream cheese instead of egg whites.
Buy it. Watch it. Hate it and love it at the same time. Don't forget your sock puppet.
A sudden shift in the earth's climate due to the melting of the polar ice caps creates weather conditions more destructive than the world has ever seen. Dennis Quaid plays an expert in this field who tries to inform the government of this before it is too late. But its already too late and all heck breaks loose. Tornadoes in California. Floods in New York. Freezing temperatures throughout the northern states. The destruction of many of the world's cities is made believable by some of the finest special effects I have ever seen in a movie. Never once did I have to grimace at obvious CGI shots that have been the norm in many films in recent years. These effects looked natural and realistic, and that alone makes this movie worth seeing. The movie runs into trouble because once all the destruction has taken place the script goes for down the toilet because they desperately need to give the characters something to do for the next hour and a half. Dennis Quaid's son and a small group of survivors are trapped in a library in New York City. In a brief exchange on the phone, Quaid tells his son to stay put, he'll "go up and get him". In case I haven't mentioned, Quaid is in Washington DC. SO while every other sane human is fleeing for their lives or already dead, Quaid and his 2 buddies set out for New York City. This subplot is totally ridiculous and pointless, as Quaid could have used his knowledge of these weather events to help the living, instead of going on what is surely a suicide run. There is no reason for his character to head to New York, and the chance of his making it all the way there is about zero. In fact, the roads become impassable in Philedephia, so he and his buddies hit to the roads ON FOOT! Ridiculous. There's also another laughable episode involving some wolves that had escaped early in the film from an animal shelter. I was rolling my eyes as the wolves happened to show up to threaten the lives of Quaid's and his friends. If the script had been a little better, this would have been a really good film. I think they could have come up with something better than this. That said, the special effects and action more than makes up for the shortcomings of the screenplay. So go ahead and see it.
This is one of those big budget disaster movies that comes off very well. Weather expert Dennis Quaid and doctor Sela Ward are the parents of student Jake Gyllenhaal who gets stranded in NYC when there is a dramatic climate change that few predicted and nobody else believed. Of course it is up to Dennis to resuce Jake and his student friends from the subzero disaster. All give solid performances and Jake is particularly good as the student everyone counts out to help them survive until they are rescued. Some of the specials effects don't work real well for me but mostly they are awesome.
The movie was a good ebay find and, like other ebay movie purchases, arrived quickly and in good condition. It was worth the hunt.
I bought this movie for my boyfriend. When we first saw it in the theater, the car ride home was spent discussing the movie; its themes, flaws, and the possibility of it actually occuring. We weren't too impressed. But as time went on, my boyfriend kept thinking about it and eventually began to really like the movie, and even started to reference it. Ever since I bought the DVD, he's watched it numerous times, so I asked him to write a review for me.
In a nutshell, here’s the gist:
"L.A. is devastated by a series of tornados. Hail the size of golf balls spill all over Tokyo. The United Kingdom is flash-frozen. The largest typhoon ever recorded hits Australia. And a storm surge over 255 meters high (about shoulder-length of the Statue of Liberty) drowns Manhattan.
The Northern Hemisphere, from Canada to Russia, is quickly abolished by, of all things, the second coming of an Ice Age.
Mother Nature teaches us a tough lesson, and the world – for the most part – comes to a sudden halt.
But, surprisingly, the music swells at the end of the film, its restorative power giving the audience new hope.
Yes, billions of people may have died, but at least the major characters survived, and seemingly, that’s all that matters in Hollywood (that’s right, Hollywood was wrecked, too, in the film).
That’s the downfall of “The Day After Tomorrow,” a film that unrealistically discusses the extreme effects of global warming and glacial melting.
Yes, it is scientifically proven that global warming can, and possibly will, activate an Ice Age, but not nearly as fast as this film portrays.
However, the special effects are engrossing, and if nothing else, entertains the audience to the degree that realism is temporarily forgotten. I wanted and enjoyed this movie for the same reason every other viewer likes or watches it – its human nature to destroy beautiful things.
And I am no exception."
“The Day After Tomorrow” is probably one of the best movies that I have seen in a long time. The basic plot is another natural disaster story, but so different from all the rest. Parts of it are typical, such as the environmental issues, the love story, and the coming of age concept. However, the producers have added so much more. The special effects are incredible – from the ice and snow that ravage the northern half of the globe, to the huge hailstones in the Far East, to the multiple tornadoes that strike downtown L.A. and destroy a famous symbol of California. There is the discussion of environmental issues, global warming being the number one topic. But there are also many subtle references to politics, such as the Latin American debt, immigration, and the state of the economy. (Be warned that a few topics are not so subtle as far as the choice of actors is concerned – especially the government officials). The movie is a wonderful balance of action and drama, and the natural disaster elements are well-balanced with a very interesting story line. It has touching moments as well as humor and suspense. And for those of you who are tired of action movies with so much gore, this one’s for you. While you still have the action and instances of “terror” (for the characters), there is very minimal blood and gore shown – most is implied. And while the ending is somewhat predictable, the last line of the movie is probably my favorite, and sums up the whole thing. An astronaut sees the Earth for the first time since the storm came, and says “Have you ever seen the air so clear?”. So go rent or buy this film, you won’t regret it!