‘Tomorrow’ doesn’t add up | SummitDaily.com

‘Tomorrow’ doesn’t add up

RICHARD CHITTICK/summit daily news
Richard Chittick/summit daily news

The idea that global warming can cave in on itself and cause the next ice age is an intriguing one. That’s the basic premise of “The Day After Tomorrow,” the latest end-of-the-world epic from “Independence Day” creator Roland Emmerich.Dennis Quaid stars as Jack Hall, a paleoclimatologist who specializes in studying ice cores for weather trends over the last 10,000 years. A few days after Quaid witnesses a Rhode Island-sized chunk of the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica break off and float away, he hypothesizes that sometime in the next 1,000 years, global warming will be responsible for the next ice age.

He explains to world leaders at a conference on global warming that all the fresh water melting into the oceans would cause ocean currents to shift, thereby making weather patterns unstable.Coincidentally, his theory comes true the next day in a doomsday scenario that sends the Northern Hemisphere into an ice age in a mere eight days. This movie, which could easily be marketed as a sequel to “ID4,” was intolerably predictable, right down to the specific ways in which Emmerich would add two and two to get whatever number he wanted to keep the plot flowing.It’s a little odd to believe that a pay phone will work when it’s half submerged in ocean water or that military helicopters aren’t designed with insulation around their fuel lines.

I went into “The Day After Tomorrow” expecting it to be like “Independence Day,” except you replace Jeff Goldblum with Dennis Quaid and invading aliens with Mother Nature. I was right. It wasn’t a stretch to assume the movies would have a lot in common. What was surprising, however, was just how radically similar the two movies are. Both feature a sole individual trying to convince world leaders that the end is near. Both feature a really slow introduction that is supposed to develop the characters but fails. Both even feature a cantankerous individual staring out the window of his vehicle in awe shortly before his demise as a wall of destructive force comes racing down the streets of Manhattan.

What “The Day After Tomorrow” lacks is Will Smith, saving the movie with his smart wit and energy, as he did with “ID4” back in 1996. For the most part, Emmerich just uses the idea that the paradox of global warming creating the next ice age will destroy buildings and kill a lot of people.Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at rchittick@summitdaily.com.

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