Movie Review: The Day After Tomorrow
Alternate Title: Baby, It's Cold Outside
Story: If you need a large dose of stupid on a hot summer's day, check out this very 'cool' film. Global warming is coming (but most of us regular folk already know that). This topsy turvy film has the desalination of the oceans, caused by the warming of the ice cap, creating a new ice age. Rather than happening in many years to come it happens within a two hour film. And guess what? Only a handful of climatologists are prepared.
Director, producer, writer, micro manager Roland Emmerich (Godzilla, The Patriot) shows us some fabulous special effects but a very weak script. It is really hard to care about any one human being when the planet is being devastated. There were many scenes when I should have been seriously involved in the end of the world, but found myself laughing out loud instead.
Is it just me? Am I simply too cynical for these types of films? Perhaps - but I just love special effects.
I was waiting for my own building to be shown on the big screen, but I realized that director Roland Emmerich had already destroyed it in his film, Godzilla!
Acting: Puh-leeze! I really don't know how anyone kept a straight face in this film. Maybe they were all too cold to laugh.
Predilection: I LOVE special effects and I love films that are shot in New York City (even if it is only digital New York City).
Critters: A wonderful black and white dog, a sea lion, four wolves, a black bear and a million birds (all heading south).
Food: Lots and lots of junk food from vending machines.
Visual Art: The special effects are exciting to watch.
Blatant Product Placement: I got a little nervous for most of the film when the only TV News channel shown was the Fox network. I worried that in the near future there might be only one network - FOX. But after a while the logos of NBC, ABC and CBS were displayed. The Weather Channel must have paid a lot for its prime exposure too. Wendy's, Verizon and M & M's to name just a few.
Soundtrack: Soaring and sappy.
Theater Audience: Just me and one other person who was laughing just as loud as me.
Sappy Factor: 5
Predictability Level: High
Oscar Worthy: It might get a nomination for some of the special effects.
Nit Picking: I know in a film like this I should not nit pick at all - but, I know for sure there are no wolves or black bears at the Central Park Zoo. It wouldn't have bothered me - but the wolves (who once again, by the way, are portrayed as demons) have a cameo of some significance late in the film.
Big Screen or Rental: If you are going to see it at all, the big screen is a must. If you also want to see NYC destroyed check out Godzilla.
Length: A bit over two hours.
LOBO HOWLS: 5 (one for each borough)