The Day After Tomorrow (Fri 7 830P) should be enjoyed only for its CGI spectacles, as significant American landmarks are destroyed, piece by piece - even if you have to endure Dennis Quaid as a “scientist”. I dare say this cliched, cross-state trek to save his son, let’s-throw-in-a-vapid-love-interest, disaster movie is fully deserving of its 47% RT rating but ‘big and dumb’ is okay sometimes. From the director of both Independence Day and Godzilla, Roland Emmerich has the ‘big and dumb’ section of the market cornered.
Speaking of ‘big and dumb’, Saturday night sees the 3 ½ hour 1977 epic of A Bridge Too Far (7 1150P) which stars every conceivable male “name” of that era : Michael Caine, Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Sean Connery, Robert Redford, Anthony Hopkins, Elliott Gould, Edward Fox, Gene Hackman, Laurence Olivier. Throw in Norwegian goddess Liv Ullmann and director Richard Attenborough, who cares what it is actually about ? [A recreation of the failed campaign by British and American troops to enter Germany during WW2, if you did actually care what it was about]