COLD PLACE: Northeastern U.S.
There’s not much of a plot here — a series of “super storms,” the kind of bad weather that usually heralds an ice age, has plunged much of the northern hemisphere into a deadly cold that can bring down birds (and helicopters) in mid-flight. A government paleoclimatologist (love that word), played by Dennis Quaid makes a dangerous trek from Washington D.C. to New York in hopes of finding his son (Jake Gyllenhaal), who may still be alive inside the city’s famous Public Library. The movie’s craziest scene — crazy even by the head-scratching logic of big-budget disaster films — has Jake and a few of his friends, evading a pack of wolves as they board a freight ship that has come to rest just outside the entrance to the library.
WHERE THESE SCENES WERE SHOT: Some interiors for the Manhattan scenes were shot inside the New York Public Library; many “super-storm” exteriors were shot “green-screen” on a sound stage.
OTHER “COLD” MOVIES FEATURING JAKE GYLLENHAAL: Brokeback Mountain (because, you know, it can get really chilly up there).