Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Day After Tomorrow. B-

It's almost futile to make any sort of fuss over the ideas about global warming in this big blockbuster from Roland Emmerich. Emmerich's views are very overt, but it's clear that he's more concerned with his big special effects than making a serious impression about earth's weather situation. And I'm pleased he did this. Emmerich's talent is destroying things with convincing special effects and though he doesn't steer completely clear of controversy here, he mainly keeps the focus on the disaster sequences. 'The Day After Tomorrow' is my kind of goofy fun. It starts with an ice break in Antarctica which nearly kills paleoclimatologist Jack Hill (Dennis Quaid). HIll then presents the theory that the melting arctic is disrupting the the North Atlantic current. Then the bad weather starts as America becomes the victim of terrible rain followed by treacherous snow storms. Hill spends a lot of time indoors studying the system, but he gets out in the second half of the movie to trek to New York to rescue his son, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. 'The Day After Tomorrow' is thankfully just over two hours and flies by pretty fast. But if Emmerich had indulged in more depictions of disaster, the movie could have easily been longer and definitely would have started to drag. But it goes on just long enough and so we never have to wonder when this thing is going to end. At least that's how I felt. Admittedly the story's kind of lame, and most of the events are inconceivable, but the effects are cool and the pace is quick. A very good time.

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