Judgment Day (1999) Sci-Fi Movie Review
Sci-Fi movies Review
An enormous asteroid is heading towards Earth and threatens to wipe out all life on the planet! Sound familiar? Since the Cold War nuclear-threat movies played out sometime in the early Nineties, there was a spate of films that found the Earth threatened by H.R. Giger-style aliens or giant rocks from outer space. With a movie like Judgment Day, comparisons to Independence Day and Deep Impact are inevitable. Actually, this direct-to-video release is the more enjoyable, without the insultingly simplistic plot of the former or the heavy-handed chin-rubbing portent of the latter. A boulder crashes into a Peruvian village, obliterating it; it’s a mere pebble compared to the whopper that will crash earthward in a couple of days. The military brass opts for a Star Wars-style weapon to destroy it, but the only man who can help make the thing work has been kidnapped by a cult led by religious head-case Mario Van Peebles. Enter the FBI and convict Ice-T, imprisoned for taking revenge on Van Peebles to settle a personal score. The film veers towards being a political thriller, a ‘hood movie (with a Coolio cameo), an action film, a buddy movie and old-fashioned sci-fi along the way, but the sum total is a pretty entertaining B-movie that never quite takes itself too seriously. Fans of TV’s Barney Miller should enjoy seeing Max Gail getting a migraine as the head of Air Defense Command, Van Peebles is great as the charismatic religious screwball and Ice-T is…well, Ice-T. —Jerry Renshaw
Synopsis:Cultists with an enigmatic leader (Mario Van Peebles) seize the only man capable of devising a way to stop a giant meteor from hitting the Earth...
About Judgment Day (1999)
Starring: Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Thomas Rosales Jr., Coolio, Linden Ashby, Mario Van Peebles, Ice-T, David Wells, Cole S. McKay, Larry Poindexter, Mark Deakins, Kevin McDermott, Lisa Vitello, Max Gail, Jonathan Palmer, James Eckhouse, Shireen Crutchfield, Dartanyan Edmonds, Craig Watkinson, Devika Parikh, Myles Kilpatrick, Makaylo, Mandela, Maya, Richard Yniguez, Chittra Sukhu, Chris Conner, Toni Small, Suzy Amis, John Terlesky
Runtime: 95 minutes
Director: John Terlesky
MPAA Rating: R
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