Film review: The Day After Tomorrow


Don’t expect any surprises and you’ll probably enjoy this film. The Day After Tomorrow delivers all the expected ingredients of its genre – the father searching for his son (and redemption as a father), the young love story, the child with leukemia, the divorced parents rediscovering their love, the faithful friends who stick with the star through thick and thin – you’ve seen em, you know ‘em. Add some pretty mind-boggling special effects and a dash of science, serve (very) cold and enjoy with popcorn. The only spice in the stew (OK, OK, enough with the recipe metaphor) is a surprisingly humble epilogue instead of the usual gung-ho American patriotic fervour. This, and the scene of Americans fleeing south of the border into Mexico, could possibly herald a reduction in the amount of flag-waving in American blockbusters. Until the next Arnie film anyway.

3 tidal waves out of 5.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Donnie
    Jun 02, 2004 @ 18:11:57

    I honestly can’t believe that with a mention on Dominey’s site you don’t have more comments. Weird, you would think a link from his site would mean instant web fame, and even more street cred. This puzzles me.

  2. UniversalHead
    Jun 02, 2004 @ 18:31:04

    Perhaps my blog just ain’t interesting enough!
    Or maybe I should talk more about web standards … 😉
    I’m new to the blog game suggestions welcome. But hang in there, things are going to get more interesting soon. Cheers.

  3. anaglyph
    Jun 09, 2004 @ 08:34:36

    I didn’t expect any surprises and I thought it was PILE OF CRAP! C’mon Pete, you’re letting your standards slip. There is only one redeeming feature in this film, and it is the scene of the tornadoes demolishing Los Angeles. I will look forward to the DVD so I can clip that bit out and play it continually on loop in moments of dark despair.

  4. anaglyph
    Jun 09, 2004 @ 08:37:17

    BTW, they had (count ’em) FIVE sound designers!

  5. UniversalHead
    Jun 09, 2004 @ 09:28:53

    I suppose it’s ‘blockbuster creep’—you tend to compare blockbusters with other blockbusters, and when they cross the T’s and dot the I’s you think you’ve got your money’s worth. Certainly compared on a scale that includes 2001: A Space Odyssey it’s be more like half a tidal wave out of five.
    Five sound designers? They must be cheap these days! 😉

  6. anaglyph
    Jun 09, 2004 @ 17:18:41

    They could’ve spent a WHOLE dime and got a dozen sound designers.