Roland Emmerich sure does like making disaster movies. I am not usually drawn to the genre myself but I have been interested in The Day After Tomorrow for a while so I decided that I would watch it. I am always up for a movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
It was interesting to see Jake Gyllenhaal in a movie before he had done Brokeback Mountain which had shot him up to stardom. His character was my favourite throughout the movie. He never wanted to give up even when things weren’t looking so good for him and his companions. I haven’t seen Dennis Quaid in many films but I thought he was great in the father role he was placed in. He wanted to do whatever it took to help his son. The rest of the cast was average at best. Though I honestly didn’t expect world-class acting in this movie as it is a disaster film.
The Day After Tomorrow’s story is what I really liked though, it is quite a bit different from other disaster movie’s stories. It focuses on global warming which is a potential threat at the moment. Unlike a lot of disaster films which in there is not much hope, this one has does. It showcases human spirit and how you always have to hope for the best, even in terrible circumstances. I just wish that the script would have been better. The actors had a lot of clunky dialogue. It was a rushed script which most likely wasn’t looked over that many times. For once I would like to see a disaster movie with a well written script.
The thing that I was most disappointed with was how bad the visual effects were. I am use to disaster movies having not that great of scripts and an average cast. But I have never watched one which was lacking good CGI. Almost every time there was use of CGI you could tell. In every movie good or bad the visual effects should not stand out this much. It really breaks immersion, which sucks as disaster movies are fun to get into. The visual effects team seemed to have been rushed or they just didn’t do that great of a job.
So overall I was disappointed by The Day After Tomorrow. While the story was interesting and the two main leads were pretty good, it had a poorly written script and very bad CGI. It seems as if 20th Century Fox had rushed the production of this film. Even though this wasn’t the best, I would recommend that disaster movie fans to check this movie out. Just make sure to turn off your brain before hand.