A teenage astronomer and his teacher discover an object amongst the stars at night. Little do they know that its a comet on a direct collision course for earth. After the teacher dies in a car crash trying to report his findings the President announces the comets existence. He also states that there is no need to panic, because NASA is going to send astronauts on the space mission, Messiah. Their mission is to destroy the comet before it gets too close to the earth. When Messiah backfires, the President announces that special caves will have to be built, and the government will have to have a lottery-of-fate to randomly select 800,000 ordinary American citizens to go along with 200,000 scientists, soldiers, and other officials. These 1,000,000 people will be set aside to save the population from extinction when the comet hits.HD 720p PC, Mac, PS3 and XBOX 360 COMPATIBLE
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If they needed money for the movie, why didn't they just have an intermission with a bunch of commercials in it? I was so repulsed and insulted by the shameless placement of MSNBC that I deleted that channel from my television! Filmmaking is an artform and while Deep Impact was a work of art (unlike the mindlessly childish, intellectually insulting, scientifically rediculous, testosterone drenched piece of eye-candy garbage known as Armageddon) the film had a sickening commercialism that was impossible to overlook. The only movie I've seen recently with more product placement was BASEketball - a funny movie but you need a calculator to tabulate the vast array of products being promoted.
To start off right this is a movie that everyone should see for a variety of reasons. Of course its nothing compared to recent disaster flicks but it keeps the regular formula which his original. "Deep Impact" is basically about how every single person in this planet has some morality issues and with this upcoming catastrophe everyone suddenly reacts in a flash and begin to cope to this event. Its got some pretty good looking special-effects but that didn't save the movie at all. It was too slow paced and far too emotional and so it fails to entertain. I would guess its that realism some people can agree to say that the performances were good so that takes the audience into the movie so we feel what they feel. What's interesting here for me was the E.L.E. discovery which meant Extiction.Level.Event that was quite shocking to say the least that disastrous scene at the end was really well done by the way. Worldwide attention meets worldwide concern and leads to disorientation at least there were some people who realized how beautiful life can be even in the darkest of times. A fine drama but the feeling of the impact was not too hard on the entertainment field but on the heart it leaves us completely destroyed.
Deep Impact is the only film to date that I have watched, apart from PearlHarbour that makes me blub like a baby every single time I see it! I loveit, it has me in floods of tears! There is a perfect mix of action and dramaas well as heart wrenching scenes that really make you care about thecharacters and makes u feel their pain! I give it an over all score of 7/10but if it's a tearjerker you're looking for, it gets 10 everytime!
The classic disaster movie formula begins by introducing the variouscharacters, hits with the disaster soon after and then ratchets up thetension as those who have survived the initial calamity struggle tostay alive amidst the ensuing chaos.Deep Impact does things a little differently: it introduces somecharacters, hints at the impending disaster, introduces morecharacters, verifies the impending disaster, introduces morecharacters, develops the characters further, has some characters try toprevent the impending disaster (but fail to do so), develops thecharacters some more, and only delivers the death and destructionminutes before ending. In short, it's all arse-about-face.The meteor crashing into the Earth causing a 1000ft tidal wave to floodthe Eastern seaboard of the USA is an undeniably spectacular sight, butto get there viewers must endure well over an hour and a half ofoverwrought emotional dreck, difficult to take no matter how great thecast.4.5 out of 10 for the actual 'deep impact' plus an extra half point forintroducing me to the lovely Leelee Sobieski, who has since grown intoa fine figure of a woman.
I remember this movies commercial and i have to admit, it looked prettygood. The cast is outstanding with Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, and eventhat chick from Bad Boys. Also the story was pretty solid sounding. What Icame to find out when I saw this piece of trash is that even with a goodplot, you dont always get a good movie. It is so boring you can hardy stayawake and all these people are supposed to get on a ship and go to space toavoid their deaths, but when that doesnt work out the people run up to thetop of a freakin hill to survive! I do have to admit some parts where prettyfunny... even though they werent supposed to be. This movie is awful. Irecomend that you A. forget this all together or B. have a big bag of reeferhandy while watching.
this movie was excellent!!! It deserves all 5 stars. It may not be as great as Armageddon, but the graphics and such were compelling. I didn't even get up to go to the bathroom!
First of all, a question: Will we ever have a president as cool as MorganFreeman in "Deep Impact?" I don't think so...This movie makes you think and anymore, that's enough to rank a flick inthe top echelon of movies. It's significantly more plausible thanArmaggedeon and by far, the best of those two. (which isn't to say DeepImpact is all that plausible).The emotions it makes you feel are real and it's a solid story (minus ahorrible Tea Leoni. Blech.) Kudos to the rest of a star-filled cast,especially Robert Duvall and Ron Eldard.
If you ever get the chance, please see this movie, I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Steven Spielberg lends his touch as executive producer, and Mimi Leder, who worked on the TV series surely deserves an Oscar for a smartly directed and intelligently written tale of a comet heading for Earth and the various attempts to stop it. And it poses the question - 'what would you do if the Earth was going to be hit in several months' time?' The special effects are fantastic, especially the tidal wave and space scenes, the storyline very believable that you feel you're actually there and the acting, especially by Morgan Freeman, was superb too. On the whole, better than ARMAGEDDON(also a brilliant movie) and more realistic.
a crockful of hard-to-swallow melodrama... It would have been much more fun to drop in on the folks who elected to party like it's never gonna be 1999.
When this film was on tv (again), I watched it for a bit (again). You cansay all you want about it: the film lasts far too long, the symbolism sucks,but when you change channels or stop the tape while watching to do somethingelse for a moment you still have a sense of urgency: time is running out.That is a compliment to this film: the actors and the story drag you in andyou get caught up in the film more than you had expected. Even though attimes the film bores you to death... and it has no pace... andthe-two-teens-being-Adam-and-Eve-metaphore made me vomit...Oh yeah: the film has Morgan Freeman
I can't help but compare this movie to Armageddon because of the similar story of the two films and the time they were released. But the similiarity ends there. Armageddon is an action film that throws reality out the window and virtually ignores the tragedy of the situation. This is where Deep Impact prevails. With a comet screaming toward Earth and humanity fighting for its life, there is a realistic attitude toward the struggle that bypasses any last minute, against all odds, miracles and instead relies upon the human spirit to save the day. Deep Impact manages moments of both hope and despair in ways that nearly brought me to tears. This film is not about a comet. Nor is it about the heroes who save the planet. It is about the people on that planet and how such an event alters the course of their lives forever.
In one word, this movie is not worth the time. Don't buy this. It shows you what's going on slightly and takes up the rest of the film focusing on how people are reacting and how sorry they are. Much better off with Armaggedon.
deep impact was more realistic than armageddon, butarmageddon was way more entertaining!!!!!
You can always tell when someone's been touting a good idea roundHollywood - you get two (or more) versions of the same story hittingthe multiplexes the following summer. Clearly, 1997 saw someone doingthe rounds with "Asteroid due to strike the Earth - mission sent intospace to destroy it - mission succeeds - only major mayhem on Earth,not total destruction." Armageddon concentrated on the mission todestroy the asteroid and how heroic they were (by gum, that BruceWillis, what a hero!). Deep Impact, on the other hand, concentrated onthe stories of the people remaining on Earth to face the worst. In thatrespect, it became standard disaster movie soap material - who is goingto survive, who isn't, who is going to sacrifice themselves so thatsomeone else might survive, who has a damaged relationship which isgoing to be repaired just in time...I understand the principle - you need to identify with people so thatthe disastrous happenings carry some emotional weight. My maincriticism with this movie is that there was a bit too much soapy stuff,and rather too little mayhem. When it came it was very well done, butthere wasn't very much of it.Oh well, roll on the next disaster (or Roland Emmerich's 2012 as I liketo call it).
I thought this movie was boring. Of course, thats just my opinion, I could be wrong. Too much crying, for one thing. The asteroids gonna hit, get over it. I like the fact that the director was a woman (they usually do movies like this, who else would have a black president in thier movies) plus the fact that it was more realistic than that comedy (did I say "comedy?") Armageddon. I kinda have more respect for this movie, but I did think it was boring and overrated. Course, like I said, that just my opinion, I could be wrong. I am yet to see a movie in which the bad guys (aliens, asteroid, terrorists, prank callers, the like) actually win anyways back to this movie, good job!
I think this movie could have done a lot better. Armaggedon is WAY better!! I mean It doesn't have ANY Humor in it. I wish I could give it 0 stars!
When I realized the plot of Deep Impact, another movie that came to my mind was Armageddon.The plots of these two movies are so alike that I would have thought one copied the other...However, I prefer Deep Impact; Armageddon has the authorities sending up a team of last-minute-trained oil-drillers as astronauts, to drill a hole deep into the asteroid and plant a nuclear bomb inside. I found that so unconvincing and unlikely. In Deep Impact, a proper team of astronauts was sent up, in a spaceship appropriately named "Messiah" to save the world from a comet heading for earth.Then there was the selection of people who can take refuge in the "Ark" caves in Missouri for 2 years while the rest of humanity is left to face the destruction by the comet. The selection process may be a necessary one as not all people can go into the caves, but that is a scary reminder of how people decide who deserves to be saved or left to die in the event of a crisis where not all can live...I have enjoyed watching both, in spite of some flaws highlighted by reviewers.
That's Hollywood: A movie about the apocalypse with a Happy-End!What a dumb, unrealistic story! The pathetic We-love-America- speech at theend almost made me puke! Embarrassing! Arghh!
This movie really disappointed me. I would have turned it off if I had notinvited others over to my theater. The character development was veryshallow and the attempts at conjuring passion for any of the charactersfellway short of believable. I did enjoy some of the brief well-directedscenes, but they were few and far between. I do want to applaud MorganFreeman's performance as he gave me some motivation to stay awake. Finalthought - NOT worth the rental money.
It seems 1998 was the year Hollywood turned to the idea of the worldbeing decimated by objects from outer space to fuel their disasterfilms. Both 'Deep Impact' and 'Armageddon' were released in that yearbut while I did enjoy the thrill and special effects of the latterfilm, I find 'Deep Impact' the superior of the two.The film begins when a teenage amateur astronomer discover a comet on adirect collision course for the Earth. The world is then thrown intoturmoil has humanity has to accept their possible extinction. WhileNASA sends a shuttle up with the intention to try to blow the comet tobits, the US government selects people to be saved in a cave they arebuilding to withstand the event. Focusing on various unrelatedcharacters, the film shows how people react differently to thedestruction of all that they know.The brilliant cast, including Morgan Freeman, Vanessa Redgrave, RobertDevall, Elijah Wood, Ron Eldard and many others, all given greatdepictions of their characters. It is because of their ability to bringtheir respective characters to life that 'Deep Impact' stands up sowell as it is a very emotional and character driven story, as opposedto 'Armageddon', which relied much more on humour and special effectsto sell it. TÃ©a Leoni is the only one who doesn't shine through likeher co-stars as her performance is quite bland and doesn't capture hercharacter's turbulent emotions. However, as the rest of the cast givegreat performances, it's easy to overlook her. And even though there ismuch attention given to establishing the characters doesn't mean thefilm skimps when it comes to the special effects. Both the scenes inspace and those on Earth when the comet hits the planet arewell-handled visually. It features some of the best special effects ofplanetary annihilation that I've ever seen (and I'm a big fan of thesedisaster flicks).What makes 'Deep Impact' rather unique in terms of disaster films isthat it gives a very human side to tragedy and devastation by showinghow ordinary people cope in times of crisis but it avoids the trap ofbeing trite and overly-sentimental. It's a shame the film is sounderrated then as it is a film that would appeal to sci-fi fans andthose seeking an interesting story with strong characters.