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Lord have mercy, I’m the Frozen Man
Posted by on Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 4:47 pm

Saw The Day After Tomorrow. Loved it.

I mean, the science was crap, and the plot had lots of holes; duh. But the special effects were awesome, as advertised — and, for me at least, the “survival melodrama” in the second half of the movie wasn’t nearly as bad as the Variety review suggested. There was enough humor and cool visuals to make the whole movie entertaining, from start to finish.

The shot of Americans illegally immigrating into Mexico by crossing the Rio Grande was especially dramatic, and I loved Ian Holm’s character (we’ll call him Professor Bilbo) and especially his final scene. The nerd romance was also cute, if formulaic.

But the highlights, of course, were the destruction scenes in Los Angeles and New York.

Interestingly, the New York Times cited one preview audience’s enthusiasic post-tidal wave cheers as evidence that “a kind of moment, minor but worth noting, had passed in the city’s post-9/11 history: New Yorkers were finally ready to watch Roland Emmerich destroy their city again on the big screen.”

The helicopter crash was also very cool, as were the shots of the flash-freeze “wave” moving down New York’s skyscrapers, and the final wide shot of the ice age-stricken Earth from space.

The only parts of the movie I really didn’t like were the few moments of overly didactic politicization, like when the Dick Cheney lookalike solemnly pronounced, “I was wrong.” I wanted to say the director, “Okay, okay, we get it.” (It was also interesting that they chose to kill off their version of President Bush. A Hollywood fantasy, perhaps?)

But for the most part, this was just a thoroughly fun flick. I give it four frozen shillelaghs.




6 Comments on “Lord have mercy, I’m the Frozen Man”

  1. Tiger Trojan Says:

    good fun. politically motivated. wish I couldve watched it from anywhere but the front row.

    How about Mexico shutting their border to us?

  2. Sean Vivier Says:

    Ah, yes, nerd love. Also the most easily resolved love triangle in the history of motion pictures.

    I saw it yesterday. Once again, the whole world is endangered, and to us that means… New York.

    Also, you gotta love the atheist who saved the Gutenberg Bible.

  3. Joe Loy Says:

    “Once again, the whole world is endangered, and to us that means… New York.”

    Yes but what’s your point?

    “Also, you gotta love the atheist who saved the Gutenberg Bible.”

    Har Har I haven’t seen it but I like that anyway.

    (Recent NYC Loomer/Newington Loy email exchange:

    > “i’m bringing home a kosher apple pie from gideon’s bakery.”

    > “Only to find Gideon’s Torah.” )

    - Rothberg Raccoon :)

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