“Deep Impact”

deepimpact.jpgRobert Duvall
Tea Leoni
Elijah Wood
Vanessa Redgrave
Morgan Freeman
Maximilian Schell
James Cromwell
Ron Eldard
Jon Favreau
Laura Innes
Mary McCormack
Richard Schiff
Lee Sobieski
Blair Underwood
Dougray Scott

PG13           120min           1998

A teenage astronomer and his teacher discover an object amongst the stars at night. Little do they know that it is a comet on a direct collision course for earth. After the teacher dies in a car crash trying to report his findings, the President announces the comet’s existence. He also states that there is no need to panic, because NASA is going to send astronauts on the space mission, Messiah. Their mission is to destroy the comet before it gets too close to the earth. When Messiah backfires, the President announces that special caves will have to be built, and the government will have to have a lottery-of-fate to randomly select 800,000 ordinary American citizens to go along with 200,000 scientists, soldiers, and other officials. These 1,000,000 people will be set aside to save the population from extinction when the comet hits.

“Deep Impact” is what I call the companion film to “Armageddon”. It came out about four months from “Armageddon”. They both deal with similar plots: Earth destroyed by asteriods. This is where the film similarity ends.

“Deep Impact” takes it story from the human perspective. It is more character driven than action drive. Showing how the people deal with their impending doom. It also shows a more realistic aproach than “Armageddon”.

“Deep Impact” is more of a character ensemble piece giving screen time, to what is more important, to the story than the big name actors, in the movie. I find that the movie is more relavant to real life. I think that it will not be some be explosive attack of mini meteroids that alerts us but some kid somewhere in the world looking up at the sky, by accident.

I give it 3/5 Gs

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