Between 2002-2008, your beloved TNU members held what was commonly known as “$5 Tuesday Movie Night.” These get togethers always took place at the Patriot Cinemas behind the Hanover Mall in Hanover Ma.
On most of these nights our core group consisted of: Laneit; his girlfriend/wife; John; Caitlin; Ali; and yours truly. But we also had a rotating cast of guest stars that would join us from week to week. We were like a modern-day episode of “The Love Boat” or “Fantasy Island.” If I remember correctly, there were at least a couple of nights when our movie night group had at least 15 people.
During our Tuesday nights, we saw all kinds of movies. Some of them we loved, and a lot of the movies we saw sucked. Sure, some of these movies were so bad you had to laugh and enjoy them, but every once in a while, a movie came along that was so awful that it makes me wonder why the hell we decided to see it. One of those gawd awful movies was 2004’s “The Day After Tomorrow.”
Despite having a somewhat decent premise, and a surprisingly strong cast, “The Day After Tomorrow” is one of the worst movies made this century. Now that may sound harsh to many, but there simply isn’t anything about this movie that I liked. For one thing, the are just too many characters in this movie.
Lets see, in “The Day After Tomorrow” there is: Dennis Quaid as Professor Jack Hall;
Jake Gyllenhaal as Sam Hall; Emmy Rossum as Laura Chapman; Ian Holm as Professor Terry Rapson; Sela Ward as Dr. Lucy Hall; Christopher Britton as Vorsteen; Arjay Smith as Brian Parks; Dash Mihok as Jason Evans; Jay O. Sanders as Frank Harris; and Sasha Roiz as Parker. And that’s just the main cast. There are countless other secondary characters I won’t mention.
The problem with a cast that large is that the plot can’t handle them all. Sure, Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal get some character development, but the rest of the cast get maybe a couple of lines of dialogue about their background. In the end, none of the actors are given much to work with, and this hurts the movie because we the audience don’t care if they live or die.
As I recall, Laneit and I were rooting for most to them to buy the farm. We didn’t care how they died, we just wanted them gone from the movie. Feeling that way about a group of actors is bad enough, but then came a moment in “The Day After Tomorrow” that nearly made us walk out of the theater.
Now, you would think the premise of the world freezing over would be enough of a Conflict to deal with. I mean, assuming you’ve survived the tidal waves, and everything freezing over, what other problems could there be to deal with? Why you need some wolves of course! At least four of them to run amok in the frozen wasteland once known as Manhattan.
Don’t worry, there is a logical explanation for this. You see, after Jake Gyllenhaal ’s love interest (Emmy Rossum) gets random blood poisoning (I don’t remember how), Jake and three random friends decide to jump aboard a moored ocean liner that’s in front of the library they’re stuck in.
Luckily they find the penicillin Emmy Rossum desperately needs, they try to get back to the library but can’t because there’s a pack of wolves on the ship. Not just any wolves mind you, CGI worlves that are hungry and want to eat our heroes.
I’m just guessing here, but my feeling is that the filmmakers spent most of their budget on the tidal wave and snow/freezing effects earlier in the movie. This has to be why these damn wolves looked like something I created in art school in 1999.
So if you haven’t seen “The Day After Tomorrow,” then count yourself lucky. This movie is everything that’s wrong with Hollywood. A CGI bonanza that means nothing because the script is so damn weak. And if you do decide to watch “The Day After Tomorrow,” just remember I tried to warn you.