After a decade of being stuck with super-nerd producer Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerichhas taken his game to the next level with kick ass producer Mark Gordon on The Day After Tomorrow.
Teaming up with Jeffrey Nachmanoff to script this Deep Impact meets Quintet ripoff, it’s the story of a climatological disruption of inconceivable proportions ravaging the world, sending millions of terrified survivors surging South.
Surging in the other direction, however, is Professor Adrian Hall (Dennis Quaid), a brilliant paleoclimatologist trying to save his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal) who may still be alive in New York City, now a frozen wasteland in the new ice age.
What Roland Emmerich didn’t destroy with aliens and giant lizards when he directed Independence Day, Stargate and Godzilla, he’ll get with natural disasters. Roland says that his newest movie is not at all like his previous works. In fact, after 9/11, such a movie became impossible, he believes.
“Blowing up buildings is an image you don’t want to see anymore,” Emmerich says, referring to Independence Day’s famous White House explosion scene. “The movie is quite different from Independence Day, and I don’t want to repeat myself, to be honest. I wanted to make the movie because the mood is so different than Independence Day.
I sometimes think the comparison will only hurt it.” But in my opinion, that’s bull, everyone wants to see buildings getting destroyed. I know 9/11 was traumatic, but what better way to get back to our normal lives than by watching movies with explosions?
While aliens were the enemy before, in The Day After Tomorrow (check out the effects in the Widescreen Edition), the enemy is us. The film is a nightmare story not about what could happen but what will happen if global warming worsens and world leaders look the other way. And so, tornadoes rip apart Los Angeles; a snowstorm buries New Delhi; hail the size of grapefruit batters Tokyo; and in New York City, the temperature swings from sweltering to freezing in one day.