Plot Summary: Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist for NORAD, must make a daring trek across America to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age.
Director: Roland Emmerich
Writers: Emmerich (story, screenplay), Jeffrey Nachmanoff (screenplay)
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum
Serious Jest: (Worth Watching) Despite this movie’s significant hokiness, its many corny moments, and its not-so-subtle agenda regarding certain political issues (I don’t like being preached to rather than reasoned with), the big-budget simulation of major world cities overtaken by different natural disasters and a deliciously-ironic moment involving border security make the film worth watching for its pop-culture value. Additionally, Gyllenhaal, Rossum, and Glenn Plummer bring charisma to their characters that transcends the script and makes you care about what happens to them a little more.