The Day After Tomorrow opens with some pretty nice-looking special effects of the Larsen B Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Initially, you'll think the beginning of the film is taking place on a body of water in a warmer climate, but Roland Emmerich does a great job at slowly introducing ice sheets, and then larger ice chunks. If you have a small television, you won't be able to appreciate it as much, but if you have a 37" or larger television, the fly-over shots of ice and water, are entertaining. I can only imagine what this will look like in HD format, and I'm certainly going to be one of the first to grab it once it is available.
|The Day After Tomorrow|
2-Disc Steelbook Edition
Features: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1. New steelbook packaging.
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: May 28, 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hrs 4 mins
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As the movie pans closer to a small camp in the middle of a white ice peninsula, we find Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) and his associates helping him drill for ice samples which contain traces of greenhouse gases--proof that great ice sheets of the earth are melting due to human indifference towards pollution. However, in the middle of drilling for those ice samples, the large ice peninsula cracks. Not good.
Indeed, ice cracks are not good, but is the beginning of proof for Jack Hall's theory that the ice caps are beginning to thaw, which will bring a terribly cold climate for parts of the world. If this wasn't enough to raise interest, sea temperature gauges are also beginning to drop rapidly, and for Los Angeles dwellers, a bunch of mega-tornadoes are wreaking havoc.
On the East Coast, you don't have to worry about tornadoes...but you do have to worry about a tidal wave hitting Manhattan and the rest of New York City. And for Jake's son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), he's getting a first-hand account of what his father has been speaking to the public about over the years. Emmy Rossum appears as Sam's romantic interest, Laura Chapman.
There are a few other subplots, which I don't need to get into, as it would explain and reveal the rest of the movie, but one of the overriding plots which seems a little thick, is Jack's determination to get his son Sam out of the dire situation in New York.