Finally got the movie shipped by Netflix and had the chance to see it last night.
I am actually quite impressed by the movie. Clearly low budget but has lot of effort put into it given its year of release; 1961. The lead actress was tantalizingly attractive and very pleasing to the eye. The plot has little scientific merit to it (but not a lot) but I liked the way they followed through on the science in detail (with nutation, axis tilt, orbital shift etc.)
Hollywood today would eschew these for even more simpler explanations which would be a shame.
I liked how everyone put in good effort to really make us believe that they were actually working in a newspaper. Looked quite convincing from the editor to the writers to the data collectors etc.
The movie also had a message against nuclear weapons which was good and the ending of the movie was perfect along with the orange tint they used.
It was very well done with a leading opening shot and the ending picking that up with a quick monologue and the guy walking off in the deserted street to either humanity's doom or salvation.
Great acting, good leads and interesting plot kept me really engaged.
Climate change (global warming) is very real and humans are to blame for a significant amount of it. I am glad Pres. Obama is taking steps to combat this very real threat.
We need to do more on our part to reduce global warming.
Back to the movie, the direction was good and the scenes didn't have much filler as well.
Overall, I think the movie was quite good and a remake today would be relevant and good.
(The Day After Tomorrow was severely exaggerated to the point where no one could take it seriously but something like this with just one point and one little thing done well as a drama with less cgi can make a bigger impact on people today)
Final rating: 9/10