With so many of the prior reviews doing such a good job reviewing this movie, I'd only like to add that this day, this particular crisis, will in fact present itself; it's only a matter of time. While earlier epochs saw the bulk of interplanetary collisions, and today's inner solar system is swept largely clean of large impactors, there's most certainly still one out there with our name on it.
As an avid amateur astronomer, I was pleased at the role amateur astronomers played in both Deep Impact and Armageddon. And if you think about it, until very recently, there was no systematic survey of Earth-crossing interlopers, and most comets were the discoveries of amateurs. Subsequent to Gene Shoemaker's ground-breaking work (pun intended), and these two major motion pictures, Deep Impact and Armageddon, many people are aware, and government has taken notice, and has allocated "some" funds to study this.
What depresses me about this movie is that I have zero confidence that our leaders in Washington today, would have the competence, the honesty, or the grace depicted in Deep Impact. Further, nothing like the technology in Deep Impact, or Armageddon for that matter, is at our disposal today. And this apparently bothers almost nobody, exactly why? Our long-term, assured survival, may very well depend on our having a solid presence in space. The United States used to lead the world in space science. Today, we hitch rides to and from a space station we sunk a fortune into. Things have changed.
Deep Impact and Armageddon, their unreal political and technological portrayals aside, are important films in that they mark in space and time, our awareness of this extreme but real possibility, versus the short-sighted, instant-gratification mindset that so pervades society today. An event unlikely in fifty years, may be inevitable five hundred, but does anybody really care?
This film is very nicely done, with great performances all around. As to the awkwardness of some of the characters, we have a novice reporter that has managed to maneuver herself into a primetime anchor slot, reporting on the biggest story in history--and possibly the last. And we have two children, too young to be married, choosing that option as a practical solution to a nightmare situation. You know, I would expect "awkward". I can hardly imagine...
I love this movie! And since my VHS copy just died, I just ordered the DVD! This is an annual watch for my family!