The Day After Tomorrow

The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American science fiction disaster film directed, co-produced, and co-written by Roland Emmerich. Based on the 1999 book The Coming Global Superstorm by Art Bell and Whitley Strieber, the film stars Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sela Ward, Emmy Rossum, and Ian Holm. It depicts catastrophic climatic effects following the disruption of the North Atlantic Ocean circulation. A series of extreme weather events usher in global cooling and lead to a new ice age.


Jack Hall, an American paleoclimatologist, and his colleagues Frank and Jason, drill for ice-core samples in the Larsen Ice Shelf for the NOAA, when the ice shelf suddenly splits away. At a UN conference in New Delhi, Jack discusses his research showing that climate change could cause an ice age, but US Vice President Raymond Becker dismisses his concerns. Professor Terry Rapson, an oceanographer of the Hedland Centre in Scotland, befriends Jack over his views of an inevitable climate shift. When several buoys in the Atlantic Ocean show a severe ocean temperature drop, Rapson concludes Jack's theories are correct. Jack's and Rapson's teams, along with NASA meteorologist Janet Tokada, build a forecast model based on Jack's research. Jack tries to get Becker to consider evacuations in the northern states, but Becker again refuses.

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    contentLocation Delhi Los Angeles New York City Scotland Tokyo Washington, D.C.
    director Roland Emmerich
    editor David Brenner
    events extreme weather global cooling Shutdown of thermohaline circulation
    genre action science fiction thriller
    keywords abandon academic decathlon against all odds astronaut atlantic ocean balmoral castle blood poisoning book burning british royal family buoy burn books canada central park central park zoo cut doom eye fall frozen to death hurricane ice age ice sheet international space station larsen ice shelf latin america manhattan meteorologist mexico nasa national oceanic and atmospheric administration new delhi new president new york public library noaa north america northern hemisphere oceanographer oceanography paleoclimatologist paleoclimatology payphone penicillin pennsylvania physician poison president president of the united states rescue royal family russia sepsis shortwave radio siberia space station storm surge temperature drop the international the weather channel their way tornado outbreak tropical depression troposphere tsunami un united nations united states academic decathlon united states presidential line of succession us vice president vice president vice president of the united states warn wolf
    musicBy Harald Kloser
    producer Mark Gordon
    productionCompany Centropolis Entertainment Lionsgate Films The Mark Gordon Company
    publisher 20th Century Fox
    recordedAt Japan Montreal New York City Toronto
    theme climate change disaster science fiction action science fiction thriller