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(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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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)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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