ANDIt was 2004 when, due to global warming, a tidal wave swept through Manhattan. An apocalyptic scenario that seemed possible only in cinema: it is the subject of film, dramatically current, by The day after tomorrow – The dawn of the day afterairing tonight at approximately 9.25pm on Italy 1. Protagonists of the film, directed by Roland Emmerich, Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhall.
The day after tomorrowthe plot
Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) is a paleoclimatologist studying the composition of the Antarctic ice sheets. During one of the searches of him, together with the colleagues Frank Harris (Jay O. Sanders) and Jason Evans (Dash Mihok)attends the detachment of a huge ice floe from Antarcticawith a surface area equal to that of Rhode Island.
A short time later, he attends the United Nations conference in New Delhi, India, to communicate his concerns about the advent of an ice age. The cause is to be found in the global warming which causes the melting of ice, which flows into the ocean, influencing the direction of ocean currents, which are fundamental for climate regulation.
His theory does not meet with acclaim from conference attendees. Particularly, not to appreciate is Becker (Kenneth Welsh), the vice president of the United States, not at all impressed by the predictions. Furthermore, he believes that in economic terms it is not at all convenient to allocate resources to climate change, due to the uneven and not very prosperous trend of the economy.
Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhall, two heroes ready to save the world
Meanwhile, Hall’s theories begin to gain traction within the scientific community and capture the attention of Terry Rapson (Ian Holm), a Scottish scholar with whom the paleoclimatologist establishes a collaboration. On the private side, Jack’s life appears to fluctuate at least as much as climate change. He is married to Lucy (Sela Ward), a surgeon with whom he has a son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhall)who suffers from the absence of his father, who is constantly engaged in research.
Sam is a brilliant boy, a lover of studyready to leave for New York to participate in a culture tournament between schools together with Laura Chapman (Emmy Rossum), the girl he’s in love with, and Brian Parks (Arjay Smith). During the flight, the plane goes through severe turbulence, risking a crash. It is only the first of a long series of phenomena, including the drop in ocean temperature by as much as 13 degrees. Too much for it to fit into routine. Jack develops an algorithm to formulate a prediction: the ice age is coming. He returns to Becker, but this time too he is not heard.
soon after, New York is devastated by continuous torrential rains, until Manhattan is hit by a tidal wave. Sam, Laura and Brian, with the help of JD (Austin Nichols), a boy known at the championship of culture, find refuge in the library of the city. In the rest of the world, climatic phenomena follow one another in a tight way. Los Angeles is destroyed by tornadoes, a storm arrives in Scotland carrying cold air and causing temperatures to reach -101 °C.
The ending of the movie
Sam tells the family he’s fine and Jack warns him not to leave the library. Hall finally convinces President Blake (Perry King), who is preparing an evacuation to Mexico, that he is preparing to welcome the US population after obtaining the cancellation of debts. Meanwhile, Sam and the others burn books to survive the cold. Also, he tries to convince the other refugees in the Public Library not to leave the building.
Not everyone follows the advice and those who leave die shortly after due to the cold. The apocalypse is only just beginning as a Russian ship runs aground against the library. Meanwhile Laura is wounded in the leg and risks septicemia. To save her, Sam enters the ship’s hold and escapes the attack by the wolves of the Manhattan Zoo. She manages to make it back to the library just before a cyclone arrives. Despite the many vicissitudes, Jack arrives in New York with his friends, Jason and Frank, but the latter dies falling from the roof of a shopping mall.
The two survivors spend the night in the kitchen of a fast food restaurant and are saved. The scenario that presents itself at dawn the following day is truly apocalyptic. Once abandoned the makeshift shelter, they reach the library, where Jack manages to hug Sam. Politically, it is the beginning of a new phase. The president has fallen victim to bad weather and the vice president learns his lessonpromising that, from now on, man will respect nature and the planet of which he is a guest.
The climatic disasters announced by the cinema
Despite the copious criticisms received from the scientific environment due to the inaccuracy of the information contained therein, The day after tomorrow it is a film that makes you think. In 2004 global warming and climate change they were, when it came out, a niche theme. They were not considered an urgency, but an exaggeration of a few. The political agendas were focused on something else and it is impressive to note how, in less than twenty years, the film has revealed itself as partially prophetic.
Sure, it’s still a blockbuster aimed at breaking the box office, but it does nothing but show, albeit at an extreme, the consequences of man’s disrespectful attitude towards the planet. On paper it looks like a disaster movie, a science fiction film, but, as always, current events teach that reality far exceeds fantasy.
Just think about the climatic disasters that have hit Italy in recent months. Among all, the storm that hit the Marche region last September 16th. A violent flood, which caused 11 dead and 2 missing. Yet another tragedy that risks not remaining an isolated case, but turning into a sad routine.
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