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The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 28 May 2004 (USA)
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Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek across America 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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

£7,321,633 (UK) (28 May 2004)


$186,739,919 (USA) (29 October 2004)

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Has the biggest opening weekend gross for a movie that did not reach Number 1 at the US box office. See more »


During the destruction of Los Angeles, one of the buildings is apparently shaking violently yet the bottles on the shelf in the background are standing quite steadily. See more »


[first lines]
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Crazy Credits

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Excellent catastrophe movie by the great director Roland Emmerich
16 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

The film deals about ice melting of the Arctic created by global weather change of the hole ozone. The movie is impressive , New York's flood is overwhelming .

The plot summary centers in Dennis Quaid a climatologist who predicts disaster and he goes to looking for his son Jake Gyllenheal to New York staying all the way freezing cool fighting against amount dangers because middle United States are frozen. The F.X. of computer generator are first rate , better than the classics 7o and 80 :"earthquake", "Inferno towering" and likeness to "Volcano" or "Armaguedon". Thrilling screenplay dispenses absurd excitement as well as spectacular scenes and lots of action . This is a fast-paced, stylized disaster-spectacle film . Cinematography and musical score by Harald Kloser are breathtaking .

Direction by Roland Emmerich is fitting as in all spectacle film that he makes . Roland Emmerich estimated that at least 1000 digital artists worked on the film . The motion picture was well realized by Roland Emmerich . Roland made his feature length film in 1984 : ¨The Noah's ark principle¨ , he subsequently made ¨Joey¨ . In 1997 wrote, directed, and produced the critically acclaimed "Moon 44" . Filmmaker Roland Emmerich quickly understood the freedom and malleability that direct in USA presents and has gone about creating some incredibly interesting genre fare in ¨Universal Soldier¨, his first American movie in which displayed an acute understanding of the action genre . Roland ulteriorly directed 1994 Stargate , 1996 Independence Day , 1998 Godzilla , 2000 The Patriot , 2004 The day after tomorrow , 2008 : 10.000 , 2011 Anonymous and his last movie 2013 White House Down .

Rating : 7/10 , above average. The picture will appeal to disaster genre fans . Well worth seeing .

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