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The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 28 May 2004 (USA)
Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City, to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age.



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Dr. Lucy Hall
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Saudi Delegate
Venezuelan Delegate
Saudi Translator (as Michael A. Samah)


As Paleoclimatologist named Jack Hall is in Antartica, he discovers that a huge ice sheet has sheared off. But what he does not know is that this event will trigger a massive climate shift that will affect the world population. Meanwhile, his son Sam is with friends in New York to attend an event. There they discover that it has been raining non-stop for the past 3 days, and after a series of weather-related disasters begin to occur over the world, everybody realizes the world is entering a new Ice Age and the world population begins trying to evacuate to the warmer climates of the south. Jack makes a daring attempt to rescue his son and his friends who are stuck in New York and who have managed to survive not only a massive wave but also freezing cold temperatures that could possibly kill them. Written by John Wiggins

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10,000 years ago, one storm changed the face of our planet. On May 28, It will happen again. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for intense situations of peril | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tomorrow  »

Box Office


$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$852,391 (Austria) (28 May 2004)


$186,740,799 (USA)

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Has the biggest opening weekend gross for a movie that did not reach number one at the U.S. box-office. See more »


In the closing scene as the rescued students are flying in the helicopter above Manhattan and see the other survivors coming to the rooftops, J.D. is on Brian's left when Laura looks out the window. When you see them again, J.D. is on Brian's right. See more »


[first lines]
Frank Harris: See how it's done?
Jason Evans: Yeah, I think I got the hang of it.
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Crazy Credits

The Fox logo before the credits has a storm in the background. See more »


Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Independence Day (2010) See more »


Written and Performed by Emanuele Arnone (as Fungone)
Courtesy of Compression Records/Magelic Productions Inc.
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Get Your Icicle On, Book Boy!
20 January 2017 | by (Quis Ut Deus?) – See all my reviews

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Caveat: Nietzsche frequented brothels which was how he got syphilis. Please, he was not in love with his sister. I love morons, who have never read his works, distilling one of the greatest philosophers of the 19th Century to frozen misandry girl's lobotomized existential summary: Up your mittens, sweetie! Now, this movie most resembles Jupiter Ascending; you must turn your brain completely off before watching it. The effects are perfectly symmetrical with the writing which is inversely bad: The laws of pressure systems, differential effects of high winds (destroys some things while leaving others unscathed). Pandorum Boy discovers that the 'ocean conveyor belt' has shut down and we are on the speed ramp into human Popsicle land. They knew things were a bit awry when tornadoes began leveling Los Angeles. The movie charts the rapid very bad weather days turning into quick freeze drying of all people when the giant rotating donut holes freeze everything: kind of a tropical hurricane run by Mr. Freeze. Of course Big Easy Boy warns everyone, but only Ash and his soccer fans believe him, until half the world is turned into Penguinland north. The part of the movie that you need warning about is that beneath the cool effects scenes are the coma inducing teen angst problems of pimply book boy's quest to get his icicle on with his teenage dream girl.

I really was torn here, which am I more interested in: the earth being destroyed by ice or whether Calculus boy gets his frozen pants blazing for teen girl? I had to flip a coin, it was very close. I went with the other 9 billion people on the planet. Evidently, the big E picked his blazing pants. You will spend ages as they have their teenage glands ablaze, gazing deeply into each other's eyes. The plot thickens when curly haired girly boy moves in on Book Boy's future squeeze: the tension, the thrills, flush my toilet with joy. Of course, they are all trapped in the New York Public Library, which is a good thing, since nobody is ever inside of there anyway. Book Boy tries to relay dad's warning but, show of hands, do most people heed him? Nope, they decide the time is right for an arctic expedition. There are great effects scenes you should see, I just would keep that chapter skip button handy unless you are a big Twilight movie fan. Every time the effects got great, and I started to get sucked (No pun intended) into the movie, back to Book Boy and Quiz Girl. Their enchanting social group was as coma inducing as they were.

There are a few great scenes that justify your watching this. The hunt for medicine aboard a freighter, with wolves, inexplicably loose, chasing them was well done. The weather scenes are why you should bother. Just be warned, the bulk of the movie is this social grouping right out of Twilight: Coma City. Quaid mounts a rescue where he hikes with some unfortunate friends, who will wish they weren't, to rescue small pockets at the library. There are other heart rendering moments with full orchestras wringing every tear out of our ducts. Like Jupiter Ascending, this is a pure effects movie, the writing is atrocious. Please, ice ages really do not happen quite this quickly. I could have suspended disbelief for this defect, my main complaint is, like Deep Impact, the movie wanders from its narrative. It soon changes into a teen romance movie which is not exactly the movie I was sold. Quaid and Ian Holm give good performances, the teen cast is very shaky. If you choose to watch this, make the decision predicated upon how much you love special effects. I own it but I do not have candles alight surrounding it. Better than his Independence Day: Resurgence but then so is a high colonic. A Middle Of The Road Review. Q.E.D.

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