Why would I be surprised by that? The acting was horrific, the directing was terrible, the script was unbelievably bad and the special effects were anything but special. Meanwhile, his son Sam is with friends in New York to attend an event. The dialogue in the first hour is nicely gruff and scientific and very genre but the second hour is more human and the lines aren't suited for that not even in the hands of an impressive number of good actors. If you want to see a movie that makes you believe that what's happening is real, watch this. Overall the first hour of this film is good on a blockbuster level, but it blows it's wad too early don't ya hate it when that happens?! You go for the special effects. Story: As Paleoclimatologist named Jack Hall is in Antartica, he discovers that a huge ice sheet has sheared off. The rest of the cast are fairly mixed but, as with the genre, they are just filled even if some are good.
For this reason the first hour is great it has dramatic pace, is involving and looks fantastic even if we have seen it before in different variations how many times has New York been destroyed now? I know they were in a library but you think they could have possibly tried to burn all the wooden tables and chairs around them? Dennis Quaid gives a good performance as a climatologist that predicted some of these events. After years of increases in the greenhouse effect, havoc is wreaked globally in the form of catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of a new Ice Age. All this film does is to provide spectacle and moments of dramatic action if you want to think about it then you will only hurt your enjoyment of the action. In that regard the film carries all the usual problems that the genre carries but happily benefits from the fact that the effects are much better than 1970's movies could manage. I do like the fact that they had the foresight to have Antarctic weather gear handy for just these occasions. 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.
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. The fact that the movie begins with the Twentieth Century Fox logo under stormy skies doesn't make it any more significant. And I can honestly say these are some of the best special effects I've ever seen in my life. Call your local Army Navy store. The script doesn't really create characters either and it means we don't care that much about what happens to them in the final hour countless millions are dead for goodness sake! There they discover that it has been raining non-stop for the past 3 weeks, 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.
As it is, it's an average film but one that is noisy and spectacular enough to pass muster in the summer blockbuster stakes. What of the tent that was able to withstand the chill but not the Empire State building? Action is the film's primary objective, but Emmerich also uses a lot of humanity in what his character's motivations are, and I for one, enjoyed seeing that side of humanity rather than what I probably would see under similar circumstances. Meanwhile, his son Sam is with friends in New York to attend an event. I like Quaid and he is a good lead here, he gets the good scientific stuff and only is lumbered with the rather silly notion of walking to New York from Washington. It's par for the course and you should not watch this if you know these aspects will annoy you. The story revolves around some major climatic shifts that cause the entire Northern hemisphere to become Artic tundra.
If all you care about is plot, there are better choices. But what he does not know is that this event will trigger a massive climate shift that will affect the world population. 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. I also found it amazing that any lines of communications were not really affected, including the under freezing water pay phone. We see things through his perspective and that of his son for much of the movie.
But what he does not know is that this event will trigger a massive climate shift that will affect the world population. The only ones who had communications losses were, of course, the main characters. So on that level, it works; the music by Harald Kloser and Thomas Wanker is also a bonus, being more restrained and serious in its support than is usually the way with Emmerich movies. Meanwhile, his son Sam is with friends in New York to attend an event. However after the sheer global terror is pretty much finished we suddenly become much more small scale and the film looses much of it's impact and it's pace. Hope you've got a big-screen and surround sound. It's fair to say that if you are looking for more than a basic script then you will be looking in the wrong place here.
Hail stones the size of footballs decimate cities, typhoons destroy Los Angeles and New York becomes flooded. As a previous viewer noted, this is a great popcorn movie! Welsh is good even if he was cast for his similarity to Dick Cheney, Holm adds a small bit of dignity in his role as well as being supported by the very fine actor Lester in a minor role. Seems that they would burn warmer and for longer than books. Generally I enjoyed the film because I was just expecting a big noisy movie to pass a few hours bad script, no characters and lots of cliches? Just a shame that the film message is delivered with all the subtlety that Segal showed when he did something similar in his environmental action film On Deadly Ground. This movie is so bad from the beginning. Faces like Sanders, Mihok and a few others don't really matter as they are merely victims waiting for their turn to be used for dramatic effect. After years of warning about global warning, Jack Hall is horrified to find all his predictions coming true much faster than he could have imagined.
This is easily one of his best films. Much of the credit for the film's success must go to Emmerich. I give this movie a 9 based on exactly what I expected of it. It certainly rates up there with Godzilla 2000 and Armageddon. I particularly liked Ian Holm's role as the British meteorologist stuck in the middle of nowhere while these changes advanced. 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.
. And then there's the script - it has a whole load of characters but doesn't do much with any of them. The film tries to deliver an environmental message but in a way this film will not help the environmental movement because it is too exaggerated to be taken seriously like the idea of Celtic and Man Utd reaching the Champions League final during this season? The cliches are all present and correct: the politicians, the upright scientists, the sacrifice, the daring rescues and so on. But what he does not know is that this event will trigger a massive climate shift that will affect the world population. Numerous tornadoes pummeling a West Coast city and there are actually people flying in helicopters to get a closer look. 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.