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(2004), PG-13
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
May 27, 2004
66 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), PG-13 -- ...made me glad I live in Texas.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Tomorrow Films, Centropolis Entertainment, Mark Gordon
Distribution (US): 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Roland Emmerich
Producer(s): Roland Emmerich, Ute Emmerich, Stephanie Germain, Mark Gordon, Thomas M. Hammel, Lawrence Inglee, Kelly Van Horn, Kim H. Winther
Story: Roland Emmerich
Screenplay: Roland Emmerich, Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Cinematography/Camera: Anna Foerster, Ueli Steiger
Music: Harald Kloser, Thomas Wanker
Film Editing: David Brenner
Casting: Andrea Kenyon, April Webster
Production Design: Barry Chusid
Art Direction: Martin Gendron, Michele Laliberte, Claude Paré, Réal Proulx, Tom Reta, Gerald Sullivan
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

With a score of 66, The Day After Tomorrow earned a score just one point under the top end of the scoring range earned by PG-13 movies (67 to 55 out of a starting 100 points) of our comparative baseline database. If you decide to watch it, bring a jacket! This film made me glad I live in Texas.

Rated PG-13 for intense disaster peril. No kidding? Los Angeles is wiped off the map by tornadoes. Tokyo is killed by huge hail. New York is so flooded a Russian freighter makes a stop at the New York Public Library.

Each of three continents in the northern hemisphere is covered by a continent-sized hurricane with 50-mile diameter eye. Yes. Hurricanes. On land. The oddity of these hurricanes is not only their size and that they are land-based but their altitude as well. They are high enough to reach into the ionosphere and bring down super-cold air from the ionosphere, cold enough to freeze anything like liquid nitrogen. In seconds. If Wolfgang Peterson felt he had the perfect storm in The Perfect Storm, in comparison to The Day After Tomorrow he was wrong. I looked for a temperature profile for the ionosphere but could not find one. I did find, however, that the gasses in the ionosphere are so thin a thermometer cannot be used. That is something someone can do for us -- find a temperature gradient profile for the ionosphere and send me its URL.

Paleoclimatologist Dr. Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) warns that the earth is suffering a global warming, the ice caps are melting and a global climate shift is imminent. Northern hemisphere disaster is about to take a toll, all the way down to Oklahoma. Northern coastal cities will become underwater grave yards. But will the world listen?

Hall battles the government to listen. Since Hall's best estimates of the coming ice age were originally from 100 to 1000 years, Vice President Becker (Kenneth Welsh), the money bags for the research Hall was doing, just wouldn't listen thinking the immediacy of the world economy much more important. Soon things begin to happen. Temperature sensors around Greenland begin to reveal a 13 degree drop in surface temperatures. Polar ice cap melting begins. Hall's estimate for the coming ice age is days now, not years.

There is nothing I can find in the Bible about any ice age but a two hundred year ice age happened before man about 10,000 years ago (so science claims). What is there to indicate it won't happen again? Or when? Note that Dr. Hall said that "We survived [that] ice age. We'll survive this one." Though I am not prepared enough to argue it, my understanding is that man as a civilization is only about 6000 years old. The Earth is much older than 10,000 years, but man is relatively young. Though the CAP Ministry is an interactive ministry, I am not prepared to argue the issue. And won't. Seek your answers in "Answers in Genesis."

Dr. Hall had just recently sent his son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal) to New York to compete in a team brain contest when the storms hit. Accompanying Sam was teammate and Sam's love interest, Laura Chapman (Emmy Rossum). Also accompanying Sam as teammates were Brian Parks (Arjay Smith) and J.D. (Austin Nichols), a competitor for Laura's affection. All three were the Philadelphia team in them brain contest. And all three are thrust into a tight-nit group vying to survive the intense storms, flooding and bitter freezing. And survive they do when they find shelter in the New York Public Library about 20 floors up. When dad finds out about this, he heads for the NYC Public Library with a couple cohorts, one of whom dies by sacrificial suicide.

There is programming with which parents might ought to be concerned regarding dangers of negative effects on our youth. It's a PG-13. But there are some fine portrayals of courage, stamina and intestinal fortitude. And computer aided graphics and other visual effects are astounding with quite powerful mood-setting background music and sound effects

There are only six uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Prov. 8:13], once by a teen [Luke 17:2]. God's name is used in vain nine times, once with the four letter expletive and eight times without it [Deut. 5:11], one of those by a teen. [again Luke 17:2] Regarding Sexual Immorality, the issues found included viewing an adult and teen in underwear (different scenes), a heterosexual pair making out with the male unbuttoning a female's sweater that was not completed and inappropriate touch, specifically Laura using her body skin to warm Sam's hands and arms ... with Sam commenting about enjoying it making it clearly sexual [1Ths. 4:1-5].

This film earned scores equivalent to G-rated or PG-rated movies in the comparative baseline database in Impudence/Hate (I), Sexual Immorality (S), Drugs/Alcohol (D), Murder/Suicide (M) and PG-13 in Offense to God (O). But it clearly earned a score equivalent to R-rated movies in Wanton Violence/Crime (W).

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  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • 1Ths. 4:1-5 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable...

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    The Day After Tomorrow (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • disaster peril, repeatedly, some graphic
  • multiple deaths by severe weather, repeatedly
  • weather violence
  • in-flight peril
  • severe weather peril, repeatedly
  • death by flying debris
  • plane crash aftermath
  • three helicopter disasters
  • human freezing
  • theft
  • near drowning scene
  • animal attack, twice
  • frozen dead strewn about

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • seven uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, once by a teen
  • lie
  • teen arrogance against father (once!)

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • homosexual song in background (Do You Really Wanna Hurt Me - Boy George)
  • adult in underwear, twice
  • teen in underwear, once
  • making out, male on female
  • male starting to unbutton woman's sweater for sex
  • inappropriate touching
  • (to warn freezing hands/arms)
  • gaping face kissing

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, twice, once to ease fear of the future

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive plus eight uses without it (once by teen)

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • sacrificial suicide


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