Deep Impact (1998)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Drama, Romance

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Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive?

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  • Laura Innes at an event for Deep Impact (1998)
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  • Mimi Leder in Deep Impact (1998)

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23 October 2002 | Alex-372
Big budget, little inspiration
Deep Impact is one of the horde of movies about catastrophic events that were released just before the Millennium (Armageddon, etc.).

That said, for the budget that was available, for the cast they had, this is not a great movie. Morgan Freeman, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximilian Schell, Blair Underwood, Ron Eldard, etc. can't make a wallet out of a pig's ear, even with their talent. Leelee Sobiesky looks like a teenaged Helen Hunt, but the subplot she's in is just silly (puppy love with fellow teenaged geek stargazer Elijah Wood).

It doesn't help either that Téa Leoni doesn't look like either of her parents.

Plot wise, improbability is heaped upon impossibility. What's the chance that the guy who actually discovers the comet is immediately killed in a fiery car accident? And after he was killed, how did they find out about the comet? Yes, he stored it on his computer, but talk about an unnecessary subplot. The writers could have just moved the arrival of the comet forward a little. Then, there is the entire subplot of Téa and her divorced parents. At one point, she even shouts to her dad: "I feel like an orphan!". Well baby, at 32, you must be the oldest orphan in the world.

And lastly, there is the "arc" for survivors. And what happened to the nuclear winter?

However, the special effects of the Tsunami like wave are cool.

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