Story: Radical weather changes cause monsoon like rains, horrible wind storms and tornadoes, and other extreme weather events all over the planet. A new ice age arrives, covering the northern half of the world. A cast of characters led by the Hall family – Professor Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), and his wife Dr. Lucy (Sela Ward) – must survive the horrible conditions. Things aren’t made easy for them with Sam stuck in flooded and then frozen over New York City with a friend and a love interest, Jack trekking through the cold to get his son, and Lucy evacuating a hospital.
Thoughts: This movie is empty. It’s packed with special effects, but they aren’t filling or satisfying in any way. I suppose New York frozen over looks good on a technical level. There aren’t any thrills or interesting characters to see amongst the spectacular effects. The fact that it’s a Roland Emmerich film might’ve tipped you off that the characters are rather cliches or boring. But at least a movie like Independence Day (1996) had some exciting action to hold my attention. The Day After Tomorrow has a lot of rain, some tornadoes, freezing temperatures, and nothing to make them worth centering a movie around. People spend most of the time in doors talking about stuff I don’t care about or traveling to another place to talk about things I don’t care about. Since the characters weren’t worth snot, their conversations weren’t much either. Don’t get me started on the environmental messages, which are admirable but shallow and told like they were coming from a fifth grader’s class presentation. The Day After Tomorrow is unsatisfying and you’ll walk away feeling like you didn’t even watch a movie but a black void for two hours.