Film Review by Jennie To reward myself for 25 solid hours of job hunting activities this week, I went to a 4 p.m. showing of The Day After Tomorrow. It’s the exaggerated (in time frame only) story of a world climate change crisis. It was very engaging and held some interesting ironies, like the U.S. having to forgive Mexico’s debt so they would open their borders to refugees fleeing south to escape killer snowstorms. The sight of Americans slogging across the Rio Grande into Mexico brought a big huummpph out of my mouth. The vice president– who looked a little too much like Dick Cheney– has a change of heart when he becomes president and admits he’s been wrong, on national television. Another rarity that happens only in the movies!
Well, I recommend this flick. And I applaud the moveon.org campaign [http://action.moveon.org/dayafter/ ]
to use it to encourage discussion and questioning. The Bush administration is not only in denial, but has censored reports of scientific fact on the topic. Global warming, a result of the polluting policies and addictions of the northern hemisphere, will cause biological crises too. In The Day After Tomorrow, the “third world” turns out to be the savior of the “first world” people left with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
The movie is simple enough for masses to get the message, and has humor, compassion and a little love story as well. New Yorkers might not like the images of their city, but I didn’t leave depressed.