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The Day After Tomorrow movie review

Photo of the Statue of Liberty in New YorkGlobal warming is a hot topic and there are a whole bunch of movies that use it in various forms. Some that I have seen and reviewed are Ice Age The Meltdown and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. If you are still in denial about global warming (How to fight global warming), we recommend that you watch The Day After Tomorow, especially if you work for a polluter.

The movie is very dramatic and is only meant to highlight what is possible, not necessarily what will really happen (unless a catastrophic event like a nuclear war or an asteroid hitting the planet raises the temperatures quickly). Even a fifth grader now knows that climate changes slowly, not within a matter of days, as the movie shows, but the point is made.

The Day After Tomorrow tells the story through the eyes of Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), his son (Jake Gyllenhaal) and friend Laura Chapman (played by Emmy Rossum). While New Delhi gets it first snowstorm ever and grapefruit sized hailstones drop in Tokyo, the United States is not prepared for the unpredictable weather that causes flooding and massive snowstorms within a matter of days completely paralyzing the northern half of the country, specifically New York City. Bad weather is seen in other parts, particularly Hollywood.

The film has excellent special effects and while it clearly looks impressive, it is also incredible (see the photo above of how the Statue of Liberty first gets flooded and then covered in snow towards the end of the movie). We were also not impressed with a part of the plot in which Jack literally walks all the way from Washington DC to New York Public library to (successfully) rescue his son while hundreds of thousands of people simply froze to death in the extreme weather. Nevertheless the movie is entertaining (grossed over half a billion dollars) and drives home the message that we must act to save the planet during the coming years. Strongly recommended to fans of science fiction.

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