The Day After Tomorrow
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It's a fitting time for The Day After Tomorrow, almost as if director Roland Emmerich...
It's a fitting time for The Day After Tomorrow, almost as if director Roland Emmerich is back to show everyone from Dante's Peak to Van Helsing how it's done. It's around ten years since computer effects came of age (with 1993's Jurassic Park), and almost as long since Emmerich put it to the best use (1996's Independence Day). Whether you loved or hated the seminal 1990's aliens attack movie, there's no denying that the sequences of mammoth alien ships blowing away American cities were spectacles the likes of which we'd never seen. With just as much gleeful abandon, Emmerich trashes LA and New York (again) in two sequences which remind you that he's a master of the craft of large-scale, computer-generated destruction.
Structurally, The Day After Tomorrow plays like The Poseidon Adventure - the money-shot destruction scenes comprise the first and second acts, leaving the characters stricken, trying to save themselves and each other. They include climatologist Jack Hall (Quaid), who predicts the coming catastrophe, and his son Sam (Gyllenhaal), stranded in New York, where a tidal wave has swept through the city in the film's most memorable scene.
Being an American blockbuster, the audience has its share of suffering too; there's the pro-American values, hammy script and syrupy family appeal fixtures (lovable dog, sick child). But it's a standout success of the merger between filmmaking technology and imagination, so if you still tingle with excitement at the memory of the Tyrannosaurus crashing out onto the road or the alien ship's weapon ominously opening up over the Empire State Building, go now.