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Just more destruction

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI/summit daily news
Kimberly NicolettiArts and Entertainment editor
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From happily ever after to world destruction – didn’t I predict this in my last review?”The Day After Tomorrow” opens with awe-inspiring cinematography of glaciers but soon turns catastrophic – not only in plot, but also in acting.Director Roland Emmerich spent $200,000 out of his own pocket to offset all carbon dioxide emitted during the production of the movie by planting trees and investing in renewable energy – an honorable commitment. So why he didn’t spend more energy on directing actors, I’m not sure.

The implausible actions begin when paleoclimatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid – or is it Indiana Jones?) leaps over a huge chasm -with what I assume are two very heavy ice cores – when an ice shelf breaks.The film continues with too many actors feigning sustained stares of disbelief and taking little or no action as impending doom threatens to strike. Granted, I’m not sure how I would react to huge tidal waves or tornadoes roaring through my city, but the last I checked, I instinctively duck when something as small as a baseball whizzes my way.

The movie weighs heavy with political messages and implausible occurrences, which seems incongruent. It’s as if it started as a serious, nonfiction work to increase awareness but couldn’t resist the temptation to go Hollywood.Hall delivers a compelling argument to change the ways of the world and save the environment early in the movie but later turns into a super-action hero who walks most of the East Coast – braving the beginning of an ice age that is instantly freezing everyone else – to save his son.Speaking of his son, Sam Hall (Jake Gyllenhaal) develops a bit of an interesting subplot with his fierce loyalty and love interest.

Taken simply as an over-the-top world destruction movie, “The Day After Tomorrow” is pretty good. Horrendous storms keep the action swirling, and the special effects are fun to watch. Fun, that is, until guilt crashes in when you realize while you’re delighting in computer-generated scenes, our environment really is in danger.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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