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The Day after Tomorrow 'The Day After Tomorrow' starring Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal was the long awaited big money blockbuster from the world renowned director, Roland Emmerich. Emmerich's previous accomplishments include the hugely popular hits Independence Day and Godzilla. Although immensely successful both films follow a pretty similar basic, bland story line. Essentially both plots are just mass destruction and the eventual defeat of a fictitious enemy by a male hero. Emmerich's latest picture, 'The Day After Tomorrow' clearly doesn't want to be a spoil sport and as expected contains plenty of disaster and destruction. The only differences' being the enemy in this newest movie is not an attacking sci-fi creature, but that well-known blood-curdling enemy, global warming! Plus the hero in this movie can't save the day! Instead he has to resort to the much smaller, unexciting scale of saving his only son. The film opens on a vast glacier in Antarctica with our hero, Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) ...read more.


He can work out every sum on a maths paper in his head, can easily out run a tidal wave and can, without any difficulty, hold his breath under freezing water for five minutes! This 'super Sam' character trait is about as realistic as man landing on Jupiter and removes any realism the films special effects had managed to build up prior to his introduction. After becoming stranded in the library Sam and co. then have to face rapidly decreasing temperatures- and a pack of not so realistic CGI wolves that recently escaped from a zoo, (they managed to both defy metal gates and escape an engulfing tidal wave, clever guys). Despite all this life in the library remains pretty sweet. Sam finds it the perfect time to fall in love, and everyone else present just lies around sleeping, this makes viewing for the audience little more interesting than watching 'Big Brother' at night. ...read more.


In fact, generally the special effects are awesome, close to perfection even; they also manage to convey the massive scale of destruction exceptionally well. Without this fantastic leap in visual technology, I think the film would be utterly dead. Overall the film isn't half as epic as Emmerich's previous blockbusters or half as entertaining. The dialogues are about as interesting as watching paint dry and the bland characters have about as much depth as a puddle in the street! The storyline isn't exactly deep, introspective stuff either. To top it all off 'The Day After Tomorrow' fails to really alarm the audience, which seriously undermines it's purpose, as you will not be inspired to become a cleaner, more user friendly citizen. The visual quality of the picture means it is hanging on by it's fingernails however I don't think even the stunning special effects can save this film from boring you stupid. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kirsty Finney English Language Coursework - 1 - ...read more.

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