Day After Tomorrow

The Day After Tomorrow

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Director: Roland Emmerich

Cast: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm

     
 

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Directed by Roland Emmerich, this mega-budget, special-effects-laden epic revolves around the onset of an international series of crises brought on by the long-term results of the greenhouse effect. At the eye of the storm is paleoclimatologist (a professor dedicated to the study of weather patterns throughout the ages) Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), who voluntarily takes

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Directed by Roland Emmerich, this mega-budget, special-effects-laden epic revolves around the onset of an international series of crises brought on by the long-term results of the greenhouse effect. At the eye of the storm is paleoclimatologist (a professor dedicated to the study of weather patterns throughout the ages) Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), who voluntarily takes on the preservation of the world in the dawn of the next ice age and all the disaster that comes along with it -- violent hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tidal waves, massive floods, etc. Hall must also contact his son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), who was in the middle of an academic competition in New York City when the chaos begun. In addition to facing the largest-scale onslaught of natural catastrophes in the history of humankind, Jack, in his journey north, must contend with the masses fleeing south in an attempt to resettle in a warmer climate. The Day After Tomorrow also features Emmy Rossum, Sela Ward, and Joe Cobden. ~ Tracie Cooper

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The science behind this one may be a little shaky -- the possibility of a new Ice Age sweeping the planet overnight is pretty remote. But once you can get past the basic implausibility of the premise, you'll find that The Day After Tomorrow is, well, one of the coolest pictures to come along in quite a while. It's really a throwback to those great Irwin Allen disaster movies of the '60s and '70s. Allen's 1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, for example, took the opposite tack and posited that Earth's atmosphere could catch fire overnight. You take a group of people with disparate backgrounds, interests, and agendas; throw them together in a life-threatening situation caused by Mother Nature; and see how many of them survive to discover a means of reversing (or escaping) the effects of the calamity. In this case, climatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), having foretold the possibility of global warming suddenly triggering a new Ice Age, gets no satisfaction from seeing his prediction come true -- because his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal) is trapped in New York City, which has already been swamped by a tidal wave and essentially frozen solid. As the planetary freezing moves southward, Jack heads northward to rescue Sam and others that may have survived. Director Roland Emmerich, no stranger to such apocalyptic goings-on, marshals assistance from his art director, cinematographer, and special-effects team to make this frigid farrago convincing, and it's to his credit that he succeeds admirably. Formulaic plotting and stereotypical characters aside, The Day After Tomorrow, like Jack Hill himself, plots a course and doggedly pursues it to a successful conclusion. Although the submersion of Manhattan by tidal wave was done fairly convincingly in 1933's Deluge, that film's visuals don't begin to compare to the digital magic conjured up by Emmerich's special-effects sorcerers. There probably isn't a viewer on the planet -- in hot or cold climes -- that won't feel a chill up his or her spine when the Statue of Liberty is swept under by a monster tsunami. Quaid and Gyllenhaal are appropriately stolid in their roles and more than adequately supported by Ian Holm, Sela Ward, Jay O. Sanders, and others. Relative newcomer Emmy Rossum makes a strong showing as Jake's plucky companion and (if she lives through the ordeal) probable girlfriend. Providing old-fashioned thrills served up with new-fangled technology, The Day After Tomorrow makes an ideal "popcorn movie," and one that will certainly stand the test of time with repeat viewings.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2004
UPC:
0024543138891
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid Jack Hall
Jake Gyllenhaal Sam Hall
Ian Holm Terry Rapson
Emmy Rossum Laura Chapman
Sela Ward Lucy Hall
Dash Mihok Jason Evans
Kenneth Welsh Vice President Becker
Jay O. Sanders Frank Harris
Austin Nichols J. D.
Perry King President of the United States
Nestor Serrano Gomez
Adrian Lester Simon
Sheila McCarthy Judith
Arjay Smith Brian Parks
Glenn Plummer Luther
Tamlyn Tomita Janet Tokada
Jared Harris Actor
Rick Hoffman Actor
Kenny Moskow Bob
Joe Cobden Zack

Technical Credits
Roland Emmerich Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Renee April Costumes/Costume Designer
Marc Bonin Art Director
David Brenner Editor
Barry Chusid Production Designer
Don Cohen Sound/Sound Designer
Ute Emmerich Executive Producer
Martin Gendron Art Director
Stephanie Germain Executive Producer
Mark Gordon Producer
Thomas M. Hammel Co-producer
Lawrence Inglee Associate Producer
Harald Kloser Score Composer
Michele Laliberte Art Director
Jeffrey Nachmanoff Screenwriter
Réal Proulx Art Director
Ueli Steiger Cinematographer
Kelly Van Horn Executive Producer
April Webster Casting
Kim Winther Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Victor Zolfo Set Decoration/Design

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The Day After Tomorrow 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can snoot the ax murder that's right behind you, but there's nothing you can do about the weather. An excellent choice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great entertaining flick! The Cast was great, and acting well done. While the possibility may or may not be far fetched, it gives us all something to think about! It's too bad that Mr. Rusch (see reviews) seems to think the only ones responsible for destroying the planet are Republicans - I imagine, he walks everywhere, and never wears anything other than clothing and shoes made from natural fibers harvested by hand, and eats nothing unless he grew it himself (grown organically of course!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some people may think that it was just special effects, but the time is coming and sooner than we all want to accept. It is a great movie that should make people stop and think...the special effects were very good...and little Emmy is just too beautiful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent disaster movie, I saw it at the theatre when it came out, I was so into the movie I didn't notice we had a heck of a storm going on outside.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jake Hall (Dennis Quaid) is a climatologist who predicts a ice age is coming with in maybe a hundred years, or so. But, shorty into tha movie we see that the weather gets serious and Hall's prediction comes true sooner than he though it would be. As you watch the movie it seeems that the world will be covered in ice and everyone will freeze to death. Jake tries to warn the world before everyone faces a terriable tragedy. His son Sam leaves home to go to Newe York with two friends from school before everything started. they get stuck in New York. others try to leaves because they won't able to survive, but Sam and his friends stay, hoping that they will be rescused. Everyone thinks that the ice age will hit New York directly. This movie is the best. It made me feel excited. It a great combinations of three genre: Action, Thriller, and Drama.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this movie!!!! It is the best movie they have ever made. That is just because I LOVE studing weather. I think that this is my favorit movie ever, out of the 56 other titles I own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far Dennis Quaid's best film!! His acting was suburb. The special effects were fantastic and there was a great plot!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dennis Quaid is drawn to save his son who is trapped in a tsunami that is the biggest one ever in New York City.He stops at nothing to make sure of his son's well being.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Would you stay with your family until the end and die together? Or would you try to find a way to avoid such a terrible ending? Everyone had to face these questions in this action filled movie about the world being destroyed by the next ice age. Present in the middle of this story is a paleoclimatologist, Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), who uses his training to try to save everyone in the world from the effects of global warming. Meanwhile, his need to protect his child forces him to go against all odds trying to get to his son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is trapped in New York City. The city has been taken over by the beginnings of the next Ice Age. His wife, located in another state, also has to face the harsh temperatures as she waits with an ill patient for ambulance transportation. In addition to all of the other challenges Hall has to face, he witnesses the many deaths of those who tried to go south, but failed. He has to survive the chilling temperatures, challenges that he never thought he would have to go through, and keep his sanity at the same time. Despite what anyone might say, I personally think this movie is great. It has twists and turns that will surprise anyone. And if shows what can really happen if the next ice age dawned upon us from a different perspective. It¿s a wild ride that you can¿t miss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am glad I only spend $2.59 to rent this movie. Unbelieveable story lines made this feature laughable. Get a group of friends to watch it and enjoy picking this one apart. A 'B' movie with an 'F' grade
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of the movie I thought that it was to take a long while to get to the point but the event just continue to come. I think this movie is very good with a great climax of the story. The movie is brilliantly acted out with a good selection of actors to play the part in the movie. This movie can make us think twice about what we do. This movie is an educational that might help us in the future. This movie might help stop pollution in the world we live in. Or it would at least help cut it down a bit. This movie may have people think of the question: what if? So I give this movie a five star rating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is backed by just enough information to seem real. I would give this movie 8 stars if I could. Fantastic effects to back a great concept. This movie is in my top 10 of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BLOCKBUSTER LITERALLY 'TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY' AND EVEN 'KEEPS YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT!!!!' I'VE BEEN KEEPING TRACK OF THIS FILM ON IT'S WEB SITE AS WELL AS APPLE QUICKTIME MOVIE TRAILERS!!!! NEVER HAS A MOVIE KEPT ME ENTHRALLED AS THIS MOVIE HAS EVER DONE IN MY LIFE!!!! I'M MOST ACTIVE AS A SEVERE STORM HOBBIEST FOR MANY YEARS; ESPECIALLY SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS AND TORNADOES!!!! BUT, NOTHING COULD PREPARE ME FOR A CATACYLSMIC WORLDWIDE CHAIN OF EVENTS AS THIS FILM DID!!!! THE VICE PRESIDENT'S CHARACTER WAS AS STUPID AND MORONIC AS ANY ATHEIST WHO DIDN'T BELIEVE UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE!!!! MUCH CREDIT GOES TO DENNIS QUAID, IAN HOLM, AND JAKE GYLLENNHAAL (WHO WAS OUTSTANDING AS HOMER HICKHAM IN THE BEAUTIFUL AND DRAMATIC 'OCTOBER SKY!!!!')!!!! THE SPECIAL EFFECTS 'BLEW ME AWAY', AND KEPT WONDERING TIME AND TIME AGAIN: 'CAN IT REALLY HAPPEN?!' I SAY HONESTLY: 'I FEEL IT MIGHT SOMEDAY!!!! GLOBAL WARMING IS FRIGHTENING!!!! THE END RESULT UP IN NEW ENGLAND, COULD SOMEDAY BE ANOTHER ICE AGE!!!! ONLY TIME WILL TELL!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't thought that this movie was going to be like this : just another movie with great special effects. It was 2 hours long, and you saw one big disaster after another in this movie.I didn't knew that something like this could happen in the future. I didn't know that such devestation could be this big. Acording to the movie,the reason for these disasters is global warming.This all happens because of air polution like burning fuel,smoke from factories, and automobiles.In this movie a lot of people died, and a lot of buildings were destroy by tornadoes.The scenes were very wild and out of control.The people didn't knew what to do. People wanted to go down south because of the weather.I guess they didn't thought it was not going to be real cold. Even the birds were going down south and the animal were acting kind of wierd, maybe because of the change of the weather or it could be a warning to the people that something was going to happen. The animals could sense doom before the humans. I thought that this movie was not going to be this interesting. I give this movie a 9 out of 10.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the best - and makes it scaryier due to the fact that it could happen. So when/if it does - lets see who is crying out to see the movie again for useful tips. It is so realistic-the special effects-I thought it actually happened. Johnny Pitts-I spit on you - LOOK AT YOURSELF! (she/he said 'Anyone who thinks this movie has any scientific value (much less entertainment value) should take a good hard look at themselves!' - twit)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The characters of the movie are Professor Adrian Hall (Dennis Quaid), Sam Hall (Jake Gyllenhall), Laura Chapman (Emmy Rossum), and Terry Rapsom(Ian Holm). The total amount of time that the movie takes is two hours and four minutes (124 minutes). The movie was rated PG-13 for intense situations of peril. It comes in three different languages, but I watched it in English. The movie released in theaters on May 28, 2004, and I watched it in July 2004. The topic of this movie is based on what might the next ice age be like? We learn that the next ice age will come about in two or three days. In the past scientists believed that it was really supposed to happen in 10 million years. The theme is sci-fi, horror, action, adventure, and drama, and it is set in present-day New York City. T he Earth is a experiencing and unusual amount of natural disasters. Professor Hall is trying to save the Earth while trying to rescue his son from an already freezing New York. In this movie you are always on the edge because you never know what is going to come up next. This movie is totally unpredictable. I would tell you more about the movie but you'll just have to watch it for yourself.
Sophie-Bear More than 1 year ago
I love weather related movies and this is one of my favorites. I know it will probably never happen, but it sure is fun to watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, like I said, the special effects were amazing. I think the tornadoes was the best special effect of all, though New York under water was pretty good, too. It's a movie that makes you think and leaves you hanging. Some things you can predict, others you can't. It is a FANTASTIC movie! A+
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE IS THE ALL TIME BEST MOVIE EVER!!! AND PLUS THE MAIN ACTOR IS TOTALLY HOT HOT HOT
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Day After Tomorrow features the characters- Sam. Brain, Laura, Professor Jack Hall {Sam's dad}, Dr. Lucy Hall {Sam's mom}, played by the actors- Dennis Squaid, Jake Gyllengaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, and Sela Ward. The movie was two hours and thirty-five minutes, and I watched it in English. It was rated PG-13. I watched this in the DVD format. The main idea of the movie was that Global Warming is not a future problem, it might happen at any time. The movie shows what its' effects on the Earth just might be. What are the results of our continuous abusing natural resources and destroying the balance between fresh and salt water? When the huge wave of water hit New York City, you will find yourself at the edge of your seat. In the beginning of this movie you see scenes from New Dehi and Tokyo. For the rest of the movie we are taken to Manhattan, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles. By the end of the movie, we are in Mexico. After years of unabated global warming, the greenhouse effect is wreaking havoc all over the globe in the form of catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and, most ominously, the beginning of the next Ice Age. Paleoclimatologist Adrian Hall (Dennis Quaid) tries to save the world while also shepherding to safety his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), who was in New York when the city was overwhelmed by the beginnings of the new big freeze.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Characters: Dennis Quaid as Jack Hall Jake Gyllen Haal as Sam Hall Emmy Rossum as Laura Chapma Sela Ward as Dr. Lucy Hall Becker- Kenneth Welsh as Vice President Ian Holm as Jerry Rapson Dash Mihok as Jason Evans Producer Mark Gordon Rating: PG-13 Release date: May 28 2004 Like a violent twister touching down on a small midwestern town, The Day After Tomorrow hurls moviegoers right into the eye of storm, literally within minutes. As the film opens, climatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) and his field team are researching ice cores in the Antarctic. They are almost killed when a chunk of ice the size of Rhode Island breaks off the Antarctic Ice Shelf. Later in Washington, Jack presents his research , which suggests that in the future, a buildup of carbon dioxide will cause polar ice caps to melt, pouring fresh water into oceans and disrupting the North Atlantic current. Unfortunately, mother nature has her own time table. Because of this , there are three massive super storms that look like they will push the northern part of the US into a new Ice Age--in a matter of days. Finally, when there doesn't seem to be a way to stop the fierce storms, the U.S. government launches full-scale evacuations to south of the boarder. Jack--snowshoes in tow--heads north to save his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is stranded with some friends inside the Manhattan Public Library, burning books (much to the dismay of the librarian) to keep warm. The story here isn't exactly deep, introspective stuff and the geographically dispersed characters are simply here as vehicles to advance the plot. The story is littered with disaster movie clichés, including J ack ' s wife who stays behind with her young cancer patient, the autocratic vice president who won't take Jack seriously, and the homeless guy who knows all the tricks to staying warm. The movie was a "must go see".
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best movies I've ever seen!! It really makes you think too(about global warming and all that).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Characters:Dennis Quaid as Jack Hall Jake Gyllen Haal as Sam Hall Emmy Rossum as Laura Chapma Sela Ward as Dr. Lucy Hall Becker- Kenneth Welsh as Vice President Ian Holm as Jerry Rapson Dash Mihok as Jason Evans Producer Mark Gordon Rating: PG-13 Release date: May 28 2004 Like a violent twister touching down on a small midwestern town, The Day After Tomorrow hurls moviegoers right into the eye of storm, literally within minutes. As the film opens, climatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) and his field team are researching ice cores in the Antarctic. They are almost killed when a chunk of ice the size of Rhode Island breaks off the Antarctic Ice Shelf. Later in Washington, Jack presents his research , which suggests that in the future, a buildup of carbon dioxide will cause polar ice caps to melt, pouring fresh water into oceans and disrupting the North Atlantic current. Unfortunately, mother nature has her own time table. Because of this , there are three massive super storms that look like they will push the northern part of the US into a new Ice Age--in a matter of days. Finally, when there doesn't seem to be a way to stop the fierce storms, the U.S. government launches full-scale evacuations to south of the boarder. Jack--snowshoes in tow--heads north to save his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is stranded with some friends inside the Manhattan Public Library, burning books (much to the dismay of the librarian) to keep warm. The story here isn't exactly deep, introspective stuff and the geographically dispersed characters are simply here as vehicles to advance the plot. The story is littered with disaster movie clichés, including J ack ' s wife who stays behind with her young cancer patient, the autocratic vice president who won't take Jack seriously, and the homeless guy who knows all the tricks to staying warm. The movie was a "must go see".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have given this movie zero stars but it was not an option. Anyone who thinks this movie has any scientific value (much less entertainment value) should take a good hard look at themselves! If this movie is based on any sort of scientific reality then 'Jurassic Park' is a documentary. I would have walked out in the theatres but it was so bad I had to see how it would end, which was shockingly stupid. This movie makes 'Hudson Hawk' look like 'Citizen Kane.' Everyone I know who has seen it found the whole thing appalling. I mean...cold that CHASES PEOPLE?! Give me a break! This movie gets an 'F' in virtually every category in my book. A terrible waste of time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While watching The Day After Tomorrow all I could do was wait impatiently for 'the movie after this one'. This movie was so boring, I've got some advise for all you thrill seekers.....save your money and wait for it to come out on television!! Big waste of money and almost 2 hours of my life that I want back!