Now Playing by Josh Gates It's too late. The cinematic disaster of The Day After Tomorrow has already swept through the country, destroying the intelligence of anyone who crossed its path. If you've seen it, I'm sorry; and if you've seen it and enjoyed it, I'm sorrier.
It's another big-budget mess from Roland Emmerich, who brought such terrible movies as Universal Soldier, Stargate, Independence Day and the remake of Godzilla. Emmerich has a knack for dealing with original subject matter in a very unoriginal way. His movies appeal to the least intellectual of our senses. If you love to see things explode or can't get enough slow-motion action scenes, then these movies are for you. If you don't like anything new and original or you just don't want to think while watching a movie, then Roland Emmerich is your man.
The Day After Tomorrow is the worst film he has made to date, and is neck and neck with Armageddon as the worst disaster movie I've ever seen. There are so many problems with this movie, I don't know where to begin. It's overly sentimental, unoriginal, simple, boring, predictable, ridiculous, and poorly acted. In short, it's an absolutely pathetic film.
A few times during the movie I laughed out loud at what were supposed to be dramatic moments. One of the many ridiculous moments occurs when some of the characters actually run from the cold as if it was a villain out to get them. Luckily (but ridiculously), at the last second they are able to get behind a door and shut out the cold.
Another laughable moment consists of very unrealistic looking wolves lurking around corners for their next meal. The scene might have worked if the wolves didn't look cartoonish. On second thought, no, it never would have worked.
Each character is nothing more than a clich� of what they could be. There's the loving father, the worrisome mother, the intelligent son (who will obviously save the day), his love interest, the rich kid and the comic relief which, untastefully, is a homeless man. The various storms that take place during the film have more personality than any of the characters. They are in turn, menacing, cunning, scary and even funny.
Somehow, we are expected to care about the one dimensional characters and their struggle to survive but, at the same time, forget that more than half of the world has already been wiped out. The filmmakers did a terrible job of giving any of the characters a personality and without a personality, why should we care about what happens to them?
To many of us who have already seen The Day After Tomorrow, the damage has already been done, but the disaster will be back in the form of video and DVD and if you haven't seen it yet, save yourself and others before it's too late.