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The Day After Tomorrow - Preview



Preview by: Jack Foley

AS THE year comes to a close, thoughts inevitably turn to next year, and which films will be among the year’s blockbusters.

And with no Matrix, or Lord of the Rings to look forward to, audiences may have to find themselves looking to new projects, for a change, to satisfy their appetite for big budget thrills.

Aside from Troy, Spider-Man 2 and Shrek 2 (which are obvious highlights), Twentieth Century Fox will be vying for prominence with their big event movie, The Day After Tomorrow, which will take its bow, world-wide, on May 28, 2004.

The film is being billed as a special-effects packed motion picture from Independence Day director, Roland Emmerich, in which the enemy is the force of nature itself.

The film is set at a time when an abrupt climate change has cataclysmic consequences for the entire planet.

Climatologist, Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), predicted the coming of another ice age, but never expected it to happen during his lifetime.

A sudden and violent shift in global weather causes extreme elements to wreak havoc in every corner of the earth; floods, hail, tornados and temperatures of a magnitude never seen before threaten the planet.

Jack has to quickly convince the President of the United States to evacuate the country in order to save millions that are in danger, including his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal). But when Sam becomes marooned in a sub-zero New York City, Jack must make a perilous trek against the clock to save his son.

Hence, audiences are promised such spectacular highlights as a wave crashing through New York City, and, according to one report, an opening scene featuring a gigantic piece of Antarctic ice breaking off, causing a group of scientists to jump over crevasses.

In announcing the release date for the movie, Stephen Moore, President of Twentieth Century Fox International, commented: "We are thrilled to be working again with Roland Emmerich, whose film, Independence Day, delivered a phenomenal $510 million at the international box office

"The Day After Tomorrow’s day-and-date debut continues a successful trend for Fox, most recently evidenced by our day-and-date release for X-Men 2, which netted a massive $404.7 million world-wide this past Summer.

"Tomorrow promises to be the ultimate movie event spectacle of the Summer 2004: its cutting-edge special effects and compelling story will appeal to all audiences around the world."

Mark Gordon, who produced the film along with Emmerich, added: "Roland and I are very excited to be working with Twentieth Century Fox on the release of The Day After Tomorrow.

"It is less a cautionary tale about an abrupt change in the world’s climate than a ‘what if?’ kind of scenario; but, at the heart of it, is an emotional story about characters people will care about."

Emmerich himself commented: "As The Day After Tomorrow is a movie about a global climate shift, it seems only fitting that we would have a global release. We are very proud of this film and are delighted to be given the opportunity to release it day-and-date worldwide."

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