Deep Impact (1998) Sci-Fi Movie Review
Sci-Fi movies Review
A great big rock hits the earth, and lots of people die. That’s pretty much all there is to it, and most of that was in the trailer. Can a major Hollywood movie really squeak by with such a slender excuse for a premise? The old disaster-movie king, cheese-meister Irwin Allen (The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake), would have made a kitsch classic out of this, with Charlton Heston, rather than a resigned and mumbly Robert Duvall, as the veteran astronaut who risks several lives trying to blow up the comet that’s headed right this way! As stiffly directed by Mimi Leder, this thick slice of ham errs on the side of solemnity. It may the be most earnest end-of-the-world picture since Stanley Kramer’s atomic-doom drama On the Beach. There are a couple of classic melodramatic flourishes: an estranged father and daughter who share a tearful reconciliation as a Godzilla-sized tidal wave looms on the horizon; and an astronaut, communicating on video with his loved ones back on Earth, who follows whispered instructions from a buddy lurking just off camera—so that his little boy won’t realize that he’s been struck blind. With Morgan Freeman as the president of the United States. —David Chute
Synopsis:Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive?
About Deep Impact (1998)
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Elijah Wood, James Cromwell, Dougray Scott, Mark Moses, Leelee Sobieski, Derek de Lint, Una Damon, Jon Favreau, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximilian Schell, Alimi Ballard, Blair Underwood, Téa Leoni, Bruce Weitz, Ron Eldard, Mary McCormack, Rya Kihlstedt, Amanda Fein, Joe Urla, Robert Duvall, Charles Dumas, Suzy Nakamura, Laura Innes, Richard Schiff, Gary Werntz, Betsy Brantley, O'Neal Compton, Aleksandr Baluev, Caitlin Fein
Runtime: 120 minutes
Director: Mimi Leder
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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