The Day After Tomorrow
The Day After
The premise of the good-old fashioned
disaster movie is a hypothesis, and what largely decides its level of
interest is the potential of this hypothesis and how it is presented.
That is not to say that its probability has been discussed. Of the
science on which a film like this is based I cannot say much (and not
even experts agree). So if a filmmaker wants to go with a worst-case
scenario in order to make a film, then alright with me.
is a director who likes his works to be loud and flashy and who doesn't
mind a bit of melodrama. His most renowned film, Independence
Day, was over-dimensioned and more or less shot its own
mouth off. His newest outing, The Day After Tomorrow has many of
the same qualities but largely stays away from the ridiculously pompous
statements. It is closer in spirit to the classic disaster movies of the
but the scale of the disaster here is of course a quite different one.
There is little doubt that in presenting the whole thing, Emmerich is
way too ambitious. And his focal points are at times (as with Independence
Day) strange, to say the least. The film values human life more
unequally than most tyrannies throughout history, and most characters
make choices that are so far off from realism that it makes them look
less authentic than the forces of nature presented. Even so, Emmerich
directs his action sequences brilliantly and makes it all quite
suspenseful. The images are breathtaking. Never mind the kid with cancer
or the ridiculous wolf-attack.