The Day After Tomorrow (2004) Movie Review


The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

2004 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
124 minutes /

User Score: 82/100

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The Day After Tomorrow Review


Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek across America to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age.

The Day After Tomorrow (2004) is a 2h 4-min American science-fiction-climate-disaster action-adventure movie that had an estimated budget of $125 million and grossed over $544.3 million at the box office. Director and writer Roland Emmerich (Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998), 2012 (2009)) did an extraordinary job executing this film that was an intense film that is filled with tension. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat anticipating the next scene as the characters face one devastating circumstance after another.

The Day After Tomorrow was one of the best cataclysm films in 2004 and still ranks high on my list because the cast was strong, had believable special FX and it is something that can happen in the future. Global warming is something that I have been concerned with for years, and the situation is not getting better, and I remember news years ago about the polar ice caps breaking off along with the ocean’s temperature rising.

The Day of Tomorrow begins with Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid - Pandorum (2009), Vantage Point (2008), Frequency (2000)) taking core samples from the earth with his team. The group is taking samples because they are trying to determine weather patterns from the past and how our climate is changing now. The government did not believe Jack when he warned them about what outrageous devastation that is coming. Jack is the only one that has a weather cycle model that can predict the rapidly changing planet and what harm it can do. It did not take long for rain, floods, and blizzards to ambush Earth by starting from the northern hemisphere and heading down/south killing many people who head into the cold.

Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal - Donnie Darko (2001), Nightcrawler (2014), Zodiac (2007), Source Code (2011)) and his friends seek shelter on the high floors of the library after New York became flooded by a massive tidal wave. Sam was visiting New York and now finds himself stuck with the hazardous condition happening. His father Jack gives Sam hope and assures him that he will find a way to rescue him and his friends as soon as he can. It was an emotional story as we see Jack setting out to save his son. The storm was not our average storm as it was fierce as can be with killer tornadoes, savage waves, hail storms and other things that caused mass destruction.

The CGI was done fantastically where it displays breathtaking graphics leaving us with a highly visual experience that will be remembered for weeks after seeing the movie. The Statue of Liberty image of when it was frozen after being submerged in high tides. I felt the killer wolves was not needed in this film, and the movie would have been excellent without it. Sam and his friends would have been dead within minutes if not seconds after facing some of the devastation that they did, but you have to keep in mind that it is a movie and not everything will be one hundred percent accurate.With that said, I hope all of you who has not seen this movie will do so soon because it was a movie that kept me on my toes.

  • A few locations that The Day After Tomorrow filmed at:
  • Canada
  • Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Hollywood Sign, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Los Angeles Center Studios - 450 S. Bixel Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Yucca Street & Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA - Los Angeles destruction
  • Colton Street & N Edgeware Road, Los Angeles, California, USA - Los Angeles destruction
  • Century Freeway I-105, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Washington, District of Columbia, USA
  • Hawaii, USA
  • India
  • Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • New York City, New York, USA
  • Trinity Church - 79 Broadway, Financial District, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  • New York Public Library - Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street, Manhattan, New York City, NY, USA
  • El Paso, Texas, USA
  • Scotland, UK

About The Day After Tomorrow 2004

Title: The Day After Tomorrow
Original Title: Tomorrow
Year: 2004
Runtime: 124 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.05/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Ian Holm, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christian Tessier, Aaron Lustig, Vlasta Vrana, Chris Britton, Kenneth Welsh, Joe Cobden, J.P. Manoux, Dennis Quaid, Pierre Leblanc, Frank Fontaine, Matt Holland, Gordon Masten, Rick Hoffman, John Sanford Moore, Richard Zeman, Mark Thompson, Russell Yuen, Dash Mihok, Kwasi Songui, Sela Ward, Lauren Sanchez, Wendy L. Walsh, Jay O. Sanders, Anne Day-Jones, Perry King, Rosey Edeh, Lisa Canning, Adrian Lester
Writers: Roland Emmerich, Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Director: Roland Emmerich

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