Deep Impact

 (4,024)6.22 h 1 min1998X-RayPG-13
Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into a limited number of shelters will survive.
Mimi Leder
O'neal ComptonRobert DuvallTea Leoni
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Elijah WoodVanessa RedgraveMorgan FreemanMaximilian SchellJames CromwellRon EldardJon FavreauLaura InnesMary McCormackRichard SchiffLeelee SobieskiBlair UnderwoodDougray ScottGary WerntzBruce WeitzBetsy BrantleyO'Neal ComptonRya KihlstedtDenise CrosbyAlexander Baluev
Richard D. ZanuckDavid Brown
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GeoffReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2020
2.0 out of 5 starsNeeded better writing. Scientifically tolerable; too much melodramatic sideshow
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A mountain-sized asteroid is hurtling towards the Earth, which you'd think would cause for panic in the streets, but about half of the movie takes place inside offices and conference rooms, with the other half in space. The dramatic scenes in space were good even if the zero-gravity effects were unconvincing at times (now slowly wave your arm around so it looks like you’re floating). In a series of televised addresses, the President announces contingency plans and says crime and profiteering will not be tolerated, but his audience is always just crowds of people standing silently in Times Square. When they’re not being completely emotionless, the crowds in this movie seem to just go about their business as if they haven’t just found out the world is about to end. It seems we’re supposed to believe fear didn’t turn things to chaos simply because of the President’s calm decrees to remain orderly. If order was to be maintained overall, they should’ve shown violence and looting and then shown it being cracked down on in response. Where’s all the panic, the anger, the helplessness, the last-minute hedonism or perhaps suicide? Where are the religious fanatics, gleefully welcoming the world's demise? Where are the conspiracy theorists, insisting the whole crisis is fake? I think things like that would have been more believable than how the movie portrayed people at large. Instead it spends a lot of time expounding on the main character’s inexplicably bad interpersonal skills and relationship with her family. That whole plot line was not engaging in its own right and basically just pointless next to the rest of what’s going on in the film. The movie ends with loud cheering dubbed over a motionless crowd with their arms at their sides.
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KathieReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsCould an Asteroid Hit Earth Again? Yes.
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I enjoy this movie as it initially allows for a number of situations that combine to delay an alert regarding a rogue asteroid, headed right for Earth. By the time it is rediscovered, the situation has become more dire and proposed solutions are explored; a ship is sent to try to deflect or partially destroy the asteroid as well as a lottery to determine who may survive in a "safe" place until Earth has recovered sufficiently to allow for humans to walk upon it again. Morgan Freeman is a caring and believable president and a much younger Elijah Wood has a good role as a lottery winner who attempts to save his girlfriend's family as well. It gave me reason to consider the possibilities of meteoric and/or asteroid damage to this place we call Home.
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Victoria JonesReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat point of view
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I expected the apocalyptic aspect,but the amount of human selflessness was fantastic. It is interesting that two movies came out so close together. Where Armageddon paints the picture of what the crew sent to save the planet experiences, Deep Impact shows what happens on Earth as well as the crew sent into space to save them. It was very well done and I can say I am interested in adding this to my collection.
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ringztrueReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2016
3.0 out of 5 starsO.K. disaster movie, but I don't think it conveyed impeding doom with much impact.
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This movie is o.k. but I think that a much more spell-binding movie on this topic of the earth being in the path of a comet/planet etc., is the movie Melancholia. It does not deal with extreme measures to prevent the crash, but rather the experiences of the people seeing it, in a quiet, visceral way, which I found haunting. Sci-fi fans may prefer the action of Deep Impact, however. I didn't get the same feeling of impending doom from Deep Impact, which Melancholia provided.
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Thomas C. FletcherReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the greatest SF movies of all time, one of my favorite movies period!
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Easily one of the best science fiction movies I've ever seen. It has a good cast, good special effects, a good all-around story, and actually is one of the few science fiction movies that actually gets the science right. Alright, mostly right. But most of the important stuff is either right or at least reasonable.

It is the story of a comet that is coming in toward earth, with the possibility of actually hitting it. As the months pass by and it approaches it turns out it will hit it, unless something stops it.

That is the basic story in a nutshell, but it allows for some interesting story lines along the way. I liked the characters, found them easy to like and tied up in the story in a number of different ways, from personal problems to the task of trying to stop the comet and saving the world. We see TV reporters, astronauts, the common folk, the President and various government officials -- quite a nice swathe of humanity, all things and a two-hour running time considered.

If, like me, you're interested in the science behind it, I highly recommend the website of astronomer Phil Plait, Bad Astronomy, and his review of the movie. The movie has a few blemishes scientifically, but it's far better than all of the SF movies on impactors that I've seen. And, by reading some of this site, you'll learn that not even the experts have all the answers, not yet.

Meanwhile, you can enjoy an exciting, well-done movie with good characters and a good, solid story. And some beautiful special effects.
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RayBReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2013
5.0 out of 5 starsThis Day Will Come...
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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!

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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2013
4.0 out of 5 starsMore of a "Facing Death" Movie than a Disaster One
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There is really nothing to the Disaster when it strikes as compared to even B and C movies these days; even a TV budget stretches to stock film that does a better job than this one does. On the other hand, hackneyed though it may be, stories of people reacting to the expectation of death does make for a Good if not a Very Good film. Most of it will be acceptable entertainment for the average viewer. A few of the "stories" which move the film along, make no particular sense, such as the one that begins the film. how the anchor-lady got her job. One gets the impression that it made up a substantial portion of the original book or script, but got chopped to nothing at all interesting by the time they got the film down to its final length. Most of the actors are serviceable in what they have to do, with Morgan Freeman making an A-1 President (and looking too old to run for the real office) and Robert Duvall giving the space ship crew, which hopes to divert the death dealing comet, some class. I did not know that the surviving member of a notable British acting family had put in an appearance until watching the closing cast credits. Guessing game: what character did she play. All in all, sufficiently entertaining to warrant being the core of an evening at the TV without, I repeat, being a true disaster film.
Krystal K. L. MarriettaReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsgood movie to watch
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a great movie during its timeline, I've seen this movie so many times and I really cant say its the best but its one of the good ones. It's one of the movies that has a black president, if only we can get a president who thinks like the one in this movie. Frodo is in here too but as a human teenager. He's awesome back then as he is now. Duvall is a great amazing actor just like Freeman.
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