Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Deep Impact (1998)

Director: Mimi Leader
Starring: Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave, Morgan Freeman, Maximillan Schell, James Cromwell, Ron Eldard, Jon Favreau, Laura Innes, Mary McCormack, Richard Schiff, Leelee Sobieski, Blair Underwood, Dougray Scott

When the information over the discovery of a comet heading towards Earth is lost, a year later it is rediscovered through the channels of Jenny Lerner (Leoni), a journalist investigating the sudden resignation of a top political figure (Cromwell). It is then discovered the impact of the comet could very well mean the end of humanity, leading to a space mission to destroy the comet and a fight for the rest of America to survive.

Released during the revival of the disaster film, thanks to the huge success of Independence Day and Titanic - it was actually released during the same summer as Armageddon - does very little for those with a high expectation. The main distraction is a lack of continuity from anything among the film and the unfortunate performance of lead Leoni who seems to sour-face through the whole damn show.

Its stronger elements involve the subplot of Wood and Sobieski's love survival story and their respective families and Leoni's relationship with her parents, played wonderfully by Redgrave and Schell. For those interested, there is the depiction of a black president, played by Freeman, and it is a big-budget film directed by a woman, Leader (her other films include Pay it Forward and The Peacemaker).


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