Why People Were Excited: Despite having been burned by underwhelming disaster movies several times before (Volcano, Dante's Peak, Godzilla et al), The Day After Tomorrow's canny marketing campaign featuring various world landmarks in various states of catastrophe, still managed to capture the imagination. Will we never learn?
Why They Ended Up Disappointed: While the disaster scenes were indeed impressive, they accounted for only a fraction of the film's mammoth running time. The rest of it was filled with Dennis Quaid's frankly tedious trudge to reunite with son Jake Gyllenhaal. Yawn.