Head to Head – The Day After Tomorrow

Welcome to the latest installment of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critics enter into a relentlessly bloody battle to the death based on the merits of a particular film. This week, our critics battle the elements, and each other, over Roland Emmerich’s The Day After Tomorrow.

DVDman will argue FOR the film and Simon Miraudo will argue AGAINST it. Let us know in the comments who you agree with. Let the bloodshed begin!

DVDman – 4/5

Roland Emmerich is unlikely to be in the running for any intellectualism awards, but he does provide entertainment on a grand scale, and on this occasion he manages to slip a little proactive environmental messaging into the plot as well. In Jake Gyllenhaal’s breakout Hollywood film, Emmerich pushes the “act now before it’s too late” environmental angle, with a sprinkle of “we brought this on ourselves…” type topping. This is admirable considering he is a German working in Hollywood, telling Americans that environmental issues are self-inflicted. This film is chock-a-block with young love, heroic acts, great special effects, and a (semi) plausible plot, giving it a little bit of something for everyone. Unless of course you a pseudo-intellectual snob! (Not looking directly at you, Simon.)

Simon Miraudo – 1/5

The Day After Tomorrow manages to be the stupidest film ever to feature character’s running away from weather. A pretty horrific distinction, considering that genre contains only ONE other picture: The Happening. Yes, Roland Emmerich once again pulled out some hack-screenwriter’s first draft from the trash, threw cash at it hoping it would get better, and then finally just chucked in some CGI to trick the audience into thinking they were seeing an accurate account of the global-warming end of days. Come on DVDman, An Inconvenient Truth was more entertaining, and that was just a Power Point slideshow!

Now it’s over to you! Who do you agree with? Do you think like Simon, and believe that TDAT is worse than The Happening? Or do you side with DVDman, and think it’s a rollicking action pic? Let us know! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Previous Head to Head’s

Seven Pounds – Tie
The Village – Winner: Simon
Alien 3 – Winner: Simon
Natural Born Killers – Tie
Signs – Winner: DVDman
Family Guy – Winner: DVDman
Shakespeare in Love – Winner: Simon
American Gangster – Winner: Simon
Crash – Winner: Simon
No Country for Old Men – Winner: DVDman

3 Responses to “Head to Head – The Day After Tomorrow”

  1. I liked this movie. It may not be the most intellectually rigorous offering ever but it was tightly made and well acted. Also, DVDman has a sexy beard.

  2. I could have liked this movie, I tried to like this movie, I watched it through, but it just didn't do it for me. I happen to really like Jake as an actor, but there was something really lacking in this movie. It just didn't grab me the way good entertainment should.Simon has my vote

  3. I agree with Simon (not only because he looks hot in his photo). The CGI is the best thing about the movie. It starts off interestingly but as soon as Jake n friends take over the library and one of them grabs the Gutenberg Bible for safekeeping it's downhill from there. As if (the usual bodacious) Dennis Quaid's character would go searching NYC just to find his son when the majority of humanity has apparently perished is so ridiculous it's insane. "The Happening" is still a far worse movie though (don't get me stared on the dubious merits of M.Night Shymalan). Keep up the good work guys.

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