Global Warming: Cinema or Reality?

The film “The day after tomorrow” is a movie that exposes, in a very explicit way, the consequences of the global warming. Although the film might be a little bit exaggerated, the idea presented is not far from reality.

The movie starts when scientists and climatologists propose that global warming is going increase rapidly and cause massive climate change in the world in the next 100 or 1000 years. The melting of the poles is provoking that the currents of the sea will change dramatically and this will unchain the union of huge hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis and earthquakes.

The special effects achieved to keep the curiosity of the spectator from the beginning to the end of the movie. Also, the theme of the movie was good. It can induce a little fear because that situation is what many people are afraid of what could happen in the future. However, there are some scenes that went a little over reality, like the immediate climate change, in just a few days, with the massive hurricanes or scenes where the scene where of the protagonists do not get hit by the temperature change in the room of the library.

There have been reports and researches about climate change and global warming, but this movie directed by Roland Emmerich can have a bigger impact than these documentaries. Are the special effects from the movie exaggerations or they might be just an example of what could occur?

Even though the movie has a happy ending and leaves some hope after the president’s speech (this will teach humanity some humility), the consequences of the climate change may last longer. We are the cause of all of this we cannot keep living like we do or did in the past, now is the time to start taking measures.

“The day after tomorrow” is an interesting film that can make us realize that the increase of the global warming can bring serious consequences to Earth and humanity. The effects of climate change can already be seen in the world today. The tornadoes in the Midwest have made the news in Spain and right now we are experiencing the coldest summer in 200 years. This is probably attributed to worldwide climate change. The scariest thing is that the consequences of the climate change are unpredictable.

Luis

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2 responses to “Global Warming: Cinema or Reality?

  1. Luis,
    I am glad that you also found the unrealistic aspects of the climate changing to put off-putting in the movie. I was watching this film with my sister, who is studying meterology and climate at KU, and she commented the entire time during the movie by saying “yeah, right”. I asked her about it, and she said that it would take decades for the climate to drastically change like the way that it did in the movie. However, that would make for a boring movie, so I can see why the director and screenwriter chose to make the storm and climate changes transition so quickly: to make for a better film.
    -Sara

  2. I like how you mentioned the special effects in your report. Those were definitely necessary in order to get the full picture of the drastic climate change taking place in the movie. I do agree that they may have been a bit overdone though, just as is the whole idea of global climate change occurring in a very short 7 to 10 days. Although climate change is happening already, as you mentioned with the cooler summer this year, it is much more gradual then this movie made it out to be.

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