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A look at what the world would look like if the greenhouse effect and global warming continued and ocean currents changed due to alterations in salinity. This would result in worldwide catastrophe and disaster, including multiple hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of the next Ice Age.
At the center of the story is a paleoclimatologist (a scientist who studies the ways weather patterns changed in the past), Professor Adrian Hall, who tries to save the world from the effects of global warming while trying to convince a reluctant government that this is indeed the beginnings of a new Ice Age.
In addition to all of the other challenges Dr. Hall faces, he's also going against the flow as humanity races south to warmer climes, and he's nearly the only one going north... to save his son, trapped in New York, in the middle of the worst storm in history, where death is waiting just outside the glow of a fireplace.
Wow!!! That was all I could think for quite a while after seeing this movie.
I had been mildly curious when I first saw the ads for it on telly, and had thought "what the heck," nothing else on at the time that I wanted to go and see, so went to see this one. By the time I walked out of the movie theatre, I could have easily walked straight back to the ticket office and bought a ticket for the next showing if I'd had the money.
What left me so stunned though, was more the believeability of it.. I can see this happening in reality, if things keep going the way they are, and watching it on the big screen... well let's just say I hope things don't end up going that way. The awesome special effects made it seem very real and I was hooked throughly within the first 10 minutes.
Again..all I can really say to this movie is...WOW!!
Well, I had planned to write a simply scintillating review of this movie, letting everyone know how much I enjoyed it. I even saw it a second time inside a week. Which, although not completely unheard of, is a fairly rare occurance. Writing notes on my impressions of the movie, what I thought, felt, saw, heard... I got myself so completely bamboozled, I nearly didn't bother writing anything at all.
But, I am getting off the track, onto my review.
Simply put, without faffing about, it was BRILLIANT! A good (and VERY believable) premise, great performances from the lead actors and CGI and man-made special effects blended seemlessly.
Overall, I LOVED this movie, and have already told people of my plan to add it to my collection when it comes out on DVD.
Expecting some form of over-dramatised lecture in eco-awareness, thinly disguised as a movie, I was stunned to find myself well and truely hooked within the first half an hour.
The special effects were stunning to say the least. I could easily have believed much of it was actual footage. The extremely high level of realism clearly displayed a number of key points;
- We ARE stuffing up our environment, and thus our very lifeline.
- We are in no way prepared for a true Major Natural Disaster.
- We are a pathetic, puny species, living on a thin shell under a blanket of gases. We have no real protection from nature.
- The producers REALLY want to drive these points home.
I was so hooked, I actually plan to go see it again, and am quite willing to pay full price if that's what it takes. AND, when possible, I plan to add it to my collection.
Overall, it's been nearly 7 hours and I am still stunned by it. If you only ever see one movie this year, this is the movie to see.
Saw it again the other day, still stunningly impressive. More so this time, because I was able to spot the leadup cues a lot easier, knowing where they should be, and sure enough they were. Brilliant, simply brilliant..
Now have this on DVD, (Special Double-Disc Edition) and if it is at all possible I think it's actually better than the cinema! Now I can have a closer look at the special effects, replay bits that had me a little confused first (and 2nd) time around, and the extra disc with the bonus footage, deleted scenes, commentaries, etc just adds so much more to the experience. With a good home theatre system, this is DEFINATELY the premiere movie for 2004's DVD release. Even 4th time around, this movie still blows me away!
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Re: Wolves... They were there to add dramatic tension to the trip to the ship... otherwise what else could they have done to make that scene 'important' - yet it was a vital part of the storyline... so it had to have some 'spice'. They also show that some animals can survive an ice-age... and since there aren't any sabre-tooth tigers in any zoo I know of, and wolves DID survive the last ice-age... it was a perfect choice.
And as for their realism, well yes, the special effects wizards did conjure a dud there, but that was such a tiny part of the overall movie it was hardly worth downgrading the entire movie because of one slightly jittery animated scene.
I stick with my original assessment, even after a third viewing. The movie is still awesome, and WILL be in my collection as soon as is economically possible.
You have got to be kidding. It was good, but brilliant....? What was the purpose of the wolves, and how realistic do you really think they were?
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