It's pretty simple. There's a big-ass storm starting to hamme the East Coast tonight, so why not watch a movie about a bigger-ass storm hammering the East Coast? It's like the better version of all the news coverage we're getting over here.
The Day After Tomorrow is by no means a super intelligent film, but that's not what it's for. It's for the cathartic, vaguely nihilistic joy of watching something get totally (fictionally) wrecked. And in this case, it's a great look at how much worse things could be, I mean, how much worse they could be if we were all in a summer blockbuster where environmental science is structured solely around the rule of cool. Alternatively, you could also watch "Two Days Before The Day After Tomorrow." You can find it (the movie) on Amazon Instant. Or depending on where you live, you can find a lamer version of it outside your window soon enough. [Amazon Instant]