The Top Scientific Inaccuracies in "The Day After Tomorrow"
By John Choquette on April 26, 2012, 1:30pm Last modified: October 23, 2013, 4:03pm
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So I was flipping through the channels the other day and stumbled upon a movie I had not seen in a few years. The film was Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow. For those who have never seen the movie, it was a natural disaster blockbuster starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Emmy Rossum filled with the typical disaster movie cliches, clunky dialogue, and an abundance of impressive CGI weather effects.
The basic premise of the movie is the polar ice caps begin melting adding more fresh water into the oceans which makes the warm ocean currents stop causing weather to go haywire. Cities get destroyed, millions of extras get killed, and our heroes manage to survive crazy situations.
The film is a guilty pleasure of mine but in terms of scientific accuracy, it is awful. It is no where near as bad as 2012, but there are plenty of painfully bad scientific impossibilities in the movie. So now join me in counting down the top scientific inaccuracies in The Day After Tomorrow.