Day After Tomorrow, The (2004, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid)

Poster for the movie "The Day After Tomorrow"
124 min - Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller - 26 May 2004
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Roland Emmerich's blockbuster stars Dennis Quaid as climatologist Jack Hall; a lone voice predicting that global warming will lead to a new ice age. He is ridiculed for his views, but his fears swiftly become true when a dramatic temperature rise in the Antarctic causes the world's weather to go mad, with tornadoes devastating Los Angeles, Britain literally flash-frozen and New York first inundated by floods and then overwhelmed by a killing cold snap. A few survivors, including Jack's son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), take refuge in a library and Jack sets out on a desperate mission to save them.

The action-packed film (which won lots of awards for its stunning special effects) does compress and dramatise the basic science of global warming but is based largely on fact. Emmerich gets to destroy New York for the third time (his two previous attempts being Godzilla and Independence Day ), and the sub-plot of Jack's expedition across frozen wastes to save his son and Sam's girlfriend Laura Chapman (Emmy Rossum) from death maintains the tension. Emmerich cast Kenneth Welsh as the Vice-President who ridicules Hall's theories and any physical resemblance to Dick Cheney is entirely intentional. But at least the making of the film didn't damage the planet - Emmerich paid $200,000 to make The Day after Tomorrow Hollywood's first carbon-neutral film.

Director:  Roland Emmerich
Original Author:  Roland Emmerich, Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Producer:  Roland Emmerich, Mark Gordon
Composer:  Harald Kloser, Thomas Wanker
Director of Photography:  Ueli Steiger

Production Details

Release Date:  26 May 2004

Running Time:  2 h 04 min

Genres: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller

Tagline: Where will you be?

Budget and Box Office takings where known

Budget:  $125,000,000
Revenue:  $544,272,402