So this new movie from the director of Independence Day looks to be raking it in with a big, over the top disaster flick in which an ice age and tidal waves drown New York and knock the world on its ear. Tornadoes and earthquakes and an ice age- oh, my! I think the global warming also generates a giant cockroach that eats Cincinnati. I may be mistaken about that last part though.
Now cheesy disaster movies are perfectly fine entertainment. I’ll assume for the sake of being nice that the producers are not thinking they’re doing anything but making a fun summer movie. This thing looks to be 100 times past the claims of even the most paranoid fantasy mongerers.
As far out in never-never land as this movie is I’d think that serious advocates of global warming scenarios would run as far away from this silly popcorn movie as possible. Rand have mercy, but this looks so far OUT THERE that you’d look STUPID to use this movie in any way to try to make your point. It would have to diminish your whole credibility. It would be somewhat like if right-wingers tried to cite The Manchurian Candidate as evidence of communist infiltration of the highest levels of government.
Yet there’s Al Gore, among others, going on about this movie like it’s somehow realistic. Oh my god. Gore is quoted as saying “Could this really happen? I think we need to answer that question.” Here is the correct answer: NO. How disconnected from reality is this guy to even ask such a dumb question?
On the other hand, I’m sure the movie will “raise awareness” among some people. For example the Florida Democrats who were too stupid to use a simple punch card voting ballot may find this movie intellectually credible.
Then there’s the PERFECT response that never was from South Park creators Parker and Stone. From E! Online:
“It started when we got snuck a script of The Day After Tomorrow, that Roland Emmerich movie about how global warming causes an ice age in two days,” says Stone. “It’s the kind of script where you know it’s going to make hundreds of millions of dollars, which makes it the greatest dumb script ever.”
“We planned to secretly shoot that movie with puppets, word for word, and release it on the same day. We thought that would have been hilarious, but our lawyer convinced us we wouldn’t get it released.”Powered by Sidelines