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* ClimateChange: It (mainly the melting of the ice caps) is what sets off the NaturalDisasterCascade in the form of GaiasVengeance, intended to correct the damage done to the Earth at the price of humanity losing the entire northern hemisphere to a GlacialApocalypse. The film even has an {{Expy}} of Dick Cheney who blatantly ignores the problem until it's too late, tying into the GreenAesop.



%%* GaiasVengeance: The metaphorical flavor.

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%%* * GaiasVengeance: The metaphorical flavor.flavor. Although Gaia isn't a sentient entity so much as a system able to correct imbalance when it occurs, ClimateChange made by humanity is directly responsible for unleashing the NaturalDisasterCascade which ultimately renders the Earth's entire northern hemisphere uninhabitable to humans -- and if Professor Hall's early prediction about the previous ice age is still accurate, the north won't become hospitable again for 200 years. At the end of the film, it's served as a lesson in humility for the obstructive Vice President who ignored all the warnings until it was too late, and for humanity at large.


* ApocalypseHow: Class 0 (Regional Scale, Societal Collapse) on a large scale, but the InferredHolocaust pushes it close to Class 1 (Planetary Scale, Societal Disruption). If you think about other forms of life, it's [[FridgeHorror close to a Class 4]] (Planetary Scale, Multiple Species Extinction).

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* ApocalypseHow: Class 0 ApocalypseHow/Class0 (Regional Scale, Societal Collapse) on a large worldwide scale, but the InferredHolocaust pushes it close to Class 1 (Planetary Scale, on a continental scale it's at least [[ApocalypseHow/Class1 Societal Disruption). Disruption]] for every country that had to evacuate south. If you think about other forms it in terms of life, the Earth's biosphere, it's [[FridgeHorror close to likely a Class 4]] ApocalypseHow/Class4 (Planetary Scale, Multiple Species Extinction).


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* NaturalDisasterCascade: The ice caps melting triggers this on a global scale due to increased freshwater levels disrupting the North Atlantic current. It causes snow in New Delhi, which escalates into some lovely DisasterMovie scenes invoving hail the size of snowballs breaking skulls, a chain of simultaneous tornadoes tearing apart Los Angeles, and a days-long downpour on New York triggering a GiantWallOfWateryDoom as well as offscreen record-breaking storms. Ultimately, this is the prelude to a GlacialApocalypse, culminating in [[spoiler:three super-cell blizzards blanketing and freezing the entire northern hemisphere, creating a new ice age before the storms disperse]]. This instance doubles as ClimateChange and GaiasVengeance, with the cataclysm's aftermath being a decrease in the atmosphere's [=CO2=] emissions and a RegionalRedecoration visible from the ISS.


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* RegionalRedecoration: The film ends on a serene note with a shot of the changed Earth visible from space: whilst the southern hemisphere is unchanged, the northern continents are entirely covered in ice, and the atmosphere is notably cleaner.


->''"This movie is to climate science as [[Film/Frankenstein1931 Frankenstein]] is to transplant surgery."''
-->-- '''[[http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.sf.written/msg/6e52157aaf63775f William Hyde]]'''


** Yes, public telephones run off the phone company's power, and while they probably would keep working when almost fully immersed in water, the switchgear upon which they depend will not. Dropping the receiver in the water then trying to talk again would also almost certainly fail.

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** Yes, public Public telephones run off the phone company's power, and power; while they probably would keep working when almost fully immersed in water, the switchgear upon which they depend will not. Dropping the receiver in the water then trying to talk again would also almost certainly fail.



** As just one example, Jack and Jason pass under the Art/StatueOfLiberty -- and then cross the Hudson from New Jersey.

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** As just one example, Jack and Jason pass under the Art/StatueOfLiberty -- and then cross the Hudson from New Jersey.



* ArtisticLicenseSports: Celtic are seen wearing blue shirts. As the main colour of their arch rivals Rangers, blue would never appear in any of their kits.

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* ArtisticLicenseSports: ArtisticLicenseSports:
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Celtic are seen wearing blue shirts. As the main colour of their arch rivals Rangers, blue would never appear in any of their kits.



* DistressBall: The movie wouldn't exist without it.
** The opening scene in which Jack risks his life to save three tubes of ice cores. A minute earlier they showed us the interior of the tent with numerous other tubes. There was no indication that the three tubes were precious enough to die for.

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* DistressBall: The movie wouldn't exist without it.
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** The opening scene in which Jack risks his life to save three tubes of ice cores. A minute earlier they showed us earlier, the interior of the tent with numerous other tubes.tubes was shown. There was no indication that the three tubes were precious enough to die for.



* EvilChancellor: Vice President [[CaptainErsatz Non-Dick-Cheney]].

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* %%* EvilChancellor: Vice President [[CaptainErsatz Non-Dick-Cheney]].



* HypocriticalHumor: Brian snarking at the decathlon party: "Look at all those nerds."
* IgnoredExpert: Jack Hall. After a freak disaster has just removed Los Angeles from the face of the Earth, the one scientist in the government who's even willing to venture a ''guess'' as to what's going on still has to beg for computer time in order to confirm his theory. You would ''think'' that after the vaporization of LA, the government would also be interested in confirming the only available theory as to how and why ... [[StrawmanPolitical but they're just so unreasonable, somehow]], and [[ConflictBall refuse out of nowhere]].

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* HypocriticalHumor: Brian [[BlackAndNerdy Brian]] snarking at the decathlon party: "Look at all those nerds."
* IgnoredExpert: IgnoredExpert:
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Jack Hall. After a freak disaster has just removed Los Angeles from the face of the Earth, the one scientist in the government who's even willing to venture a ''guess'' as to what's going on still has to beg for computer time in order to confirm his theory. You would ''think'' that after the vaporization of LA, the government would also be interested in confirming the only available theory as to how and why ... [[StrawmanPolitical but they're just so unreasonable, somehow]], and [[ConflictBall refuse out of nowhere]].



* LectureAsExposition: Jack's lecture at the conference and in front of the president.

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* LittlestCancerPatient: Peter.

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* %%* LittlestCancerPatient: Peter.



* TheOner: The opening shot was at the time the longest CGI generated one-shot, it runs for just over two minutes.

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* TheOner: The opening shot was at the time the longest CGI generated one-shot, it runs running for just over two minutes.



* RunForTheBorder: Type B instance, involves entire national populations doing this.

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* RunForTheBorder: Type B instance, involves entire national populations doing this.People from the northern United States head to the Mexican border to escape the advancing ice age.



* ScriptWank: Blatant in the finale, where the Vice President announces publicly how wrong humanity was to abuse petroleum.

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* ScriptWank: Blatant in In the finale, where the Vice President announces publicly how wrong humanity was to abuse petroleum.



* SnowedIn: The entire Northern hemisphere.

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* SpreadingDisasterMapGraphic: In a low-tech variant, the climatologist-hero uses a map of the continental U.S. to convey the scope of the danger, drawing a horizontal line across it and proclaiming that everywhere below it must be evacuated south: there's no realistic hope of saving people north of that line.

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* SpreadingDisasterMapGraphic: SpreadingDisasterMapGraphic:
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In a low-tech variant, the climatologist-hero uses a map of the continental U.S. to convey the scope of the danger, drawing a horizontal line across it and proclaiming that everywhere below it must be evacuated south: there's no realistic hope of saving people north of that line.



* StrawmanPolitical: [[{{Anvilicious}} Everything, everywhere, that happens at any point in the entire movie.]]

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* %%* StrawmanPolitical: [[{{Anvilicious}} Everything, everywhere, that happens at any point in the entire movie.]]



* SunkenCity: New York.

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* %%* SunkenCity: New York.



* ThrowAwayCountry: All of Europe freezes over except a part of Spain and Portugal. Maybe the old European saying "Africa starts at the Pyrenees" was right after all.

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* ThrowAwayCountry: ThrowAwayCountry:
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All of Europe freezes over except a part of Spain and Portugal. Maybe the old European saying "Africa starts at the Pyrenees" was right after all.



* TeenGenius: Also, a bad case of TheWormGuy.

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* %%* TeenGenius: Also, a bad case of TheWormGuy.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The head librarian ''disappears, with no explanation'' in the end of the movie... unless [[FridgeHorror she was the only one in the library who didn't survive]]. But this could be false as she was obviously seen on J.D.ís left while watching Sam hug his father and when rescued by he helicopters, it can be presumed that she obviously was there but just didnít appear on camera.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
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The head librarian ''disappears, with no explanation'' in the end of the movie... unless [[FridgeHorror she was the only one in the library who didn't survive]]. But this could be false as she was obviously seen on J.D.ís left while watching Sam hug his father and when rescued by he helicopters, it can be presumed that she obviously was there but just didnít appear on camera.


* GlacialApocalypse: The world is struck by a series of disastrous cold storms as a result of the warm ocean currents shutting down, ironically due to initial manmade GlobalWarming melting the original polar ice sheets no less. The storms cover most of the polar and temperate latitudes in snow, forcing the people living there to either perish or emigrate south ''en masse'', leaving the land and cities to the ice and wildlife. In the end, the main characters are able to survive and help other refugees hold out until they can be rescued and brought south, but the world is left locked in a new ice age and everything north of Florida is a frozen wasteland.

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* GlacialApocalypse: The world is struck by a series of disastrous cold storms as a result of the warm ocean currents shutting down, ironically due to initial manmade GlobalWarming [[ClimateChange global warming]] melting the original polar ice sheets no less. The storms cover most of the polar and temperate latitudes in snow, forcing the people living there to either perish or emigrate south ''en masse'', leaving the land and cities to the ice and wildlife. In the end, the main characters are able to survive and help other refugees hold out until they can be rescued and brought south, but the world is left locked in a new ice age and everything north of Florida is a frozen wasteland.

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** The movie goes out of itís way to show that the Vice President is the one running the show and that the President depends entirely on him. Given that the Vice President looks suspiciously similar to Dick Cheney and the President a little like George W. Bush this is obviously an intentional jab.

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** The people in the library ignoring the dozens and dozens of ''wooden tables'', shelves, and doors they could burn instead of the books. Yes, some they would have to avoid in case the treated wood produced harmful vapor, but in general, they could have busted the wood furniture up and burned them to keep warm. It would last far longer than the paper burning.

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Also notable that the "science" used in the film is so inaccurate that [[https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0319262/trivia NASA refused to officially consult with the filmmakers.]]


* DisproportionateRetribution: In one scene, where Jack questions his son about getting an "F" on his calculus test. Sam explains that his teacher Mr. Spengler thinks he cheated somehow because he didn't believe Sam could have figured out all the solutions in his head without writing them on paper to show his work. Outraged, Jack asks [[ArmorPiercingQuestion how could his teacher fail Sam for being smarter than him]]. Sam said the same thing to him, who responded by giving him the "F".

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* DisproportionateRetribution: In one scene, where Jack questions his son about getting an "F" on his calculus test. Sam explains that his teacher Mr. Spengler thinks he cheated somehow because he didn't believe Sam could have figured out all the solutions in his head without writing them on paper to show his work. Outraged, Jack asks [[ArmorPiercingQuestion how could his teacher fail Sam for being smarter than him]]. Sam said the same thing to him, Spengler, who responded by giving him the "F".


* DisproportionateRetribution: In one scene, where Jack questions his son about getting an "F" on his calculus test. Sam explains that his teacher Mr. Spengler thinks he cheated because he didn't believe Sam could have figured out all the solutions in his head without writing them on paper to show his work. Outraged, Jack asks how could Spengler fail Sam for being smarter than him. Sam said the same thing to his teacher, who responded by giving him the "F".

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* DisproportionateRetribution: In one scene, where Jack questions his son about getting an "F" on his calculus test. Sam explains that his teacher Mr. Spengler thinks he cheated somehow because he didn't believe Sam could have figured out all the solutions in his head without writing them on paper to show his work. Outraged, Jack asks [[ArmorPiercingQuestion how could Spengler his teacher fail Sam for being smarter than him. him]]. Sam said the same thing to his teacher, him, who responded by giving him the "F".


* DisproportionateRetribution: In one scene, where Jack questions his son about getting an "F" on his calculus test. Sam explains that his teacher Mr. Spengler thinks he cheated because he didn't believe Sam could have figured out all the solutions in his head. Outraged, Jack asks how could Spengler fail Sam for being smarter than him. Sam said the same thing to his teacher, who responded by giving him the "F".

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* DisproportionateRetribution: In one scene, where Jack questions his son about getting an "F" on his calculus test. Sam explains that his teacher Mr. Spengler thinks he cheated because he didn't believe Sam could have figured out all the solutions in his head.head without writing them on paper to show his work. Outraged, Jack asks how could Spengler fail Sam for being smarter than him. Sam said the same thing to his teacher, who responded by giving him the "F".


* DisproportionateRetribution: In one scene, where Jack questions his son about getting an "F" on his calculus test. Sam explains that his teacher Mr. Spengler thinks he cheated because he didn't believe Sam could have figured out all the solutions in his head without showing his work. Outraged, Jack asks how could Spengler fail Sam for being smarter than him. Sam said the same thing to his teacher, who responded by giving him the "F".

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* DisproportionateRetribution: In one scene, where Jack questions his son about getting an "F" on his calculus test. Sam explains that his teacher Mr. Spengler thinks he cheated because he didn't believe Sam could have figured out all the solutions in his head without showing his work.head. Outraged, Jack asks how could Spengler fail Sam for being smarter than him. Sam said the same thing to his teacher, who responded by giving him the "F".


* DisproportionateRetribution: In one scene, where Jack questions his son about getting an "F" on his calculus test. Sam explains that his teacher Mr. Spengler thinks he cheated because he didn't believe Sam could have figured out all the solutions in his head. Outraged, Jack asks how could Spengler fail Sam for being smarter than him. Sam said the same thing to his teacher, who responded by giving him the "F".

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* DisproportionateRetribution: In one scene, where Jack questions his son about getting an "F" on his calculus test. Sam explains that his teacher Mr. Spengler thinks he cheated because he didn't believe Sam could have figured out all the solutions in his head.head without showing his work. Outraged, Jack asks how could Spengler fail Sam for being smarter than him. Sam said the same thing to his teacher, who responded by giving him the "F".


* DisproportionateRetribution: In one scene, Jack questions his son about getting an "F" on his calculus test. Sam explains that his teacher Mr. Spengler thinks he cheated because Sam didn't write down the solutions since he did them in his head. Spengler doesn't believe Sam could have done it all in his head. Jack finds it ludicrous, asking how Spengler could fail Sam for being smarter than him. Sam said the same thing to Spengler, who responded by giving Sam the "F".

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* DisproportionateRetribution: In one scene, where Jack questions his son about getting an "F" on his calculus test. Sam explains that his teacher Mr. Spengler thinks he cheated because Sam he didn't write down the solutions since he did them in his head. Spengler doesn't believe Sam could have done it figured out all the solutions in his head. Outraged, Jack finds it ludicrous, asking asks how could Spengler could fail Sam for being smarter than him. Sam said the same thing to Spengler, his teacher, who responded by giving Sam him the "F".


-->'''General''': Sometimes it's necessary to make difficult choices!
-->'''Vice President''': I don't accept that abandoning half of the country is necessary!

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-->'''General''': Sometimes it's necessary to make difficult choices!
-->'''Vice
choices!\\
'''Vice
President''': I don't accept that abandoning half of the country is necessary!



* GaiasVengeance: The metaphorical flavor.

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* %%* GaiasVengeance: The metaphorical flavor.



* GlacialApocalypse: The world is struck by a series of disastrous cold storms as a result of the warm ocean currents shutting down, ironically due to initial manmade GlobalWarming melting the original polar ice sheets no less. The storms cover most of the polar and temperate latitudes in snow, forcing the people living there to either perish or emigrate south ''en masse'', leaving the land and cities to the ice and wildlife. In the end, the main characters are able to survive and help other refugees hold out until they can be rescued and brought south, but the world is left locked in a new ice age and everything north of Florida is a frozen wasteland.



* HeadInTheSandManagement: The President and Vice President.

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* %%* HeadInTheSandManagement: The President and Vice President.

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