Deep Impact

Starring: Robert Duvall, James Cromwell, Elijah Wood, Maximilian Schell, Tea Leoni, Vanessa Redgrave, Morgan Freeman

Directed by: Mimi Leder

Produced by: Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks SKG

Distributed by: Paramount

Genre: action/adventure

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Average grade:



C+ C+ C+
Review by Xibo Date seen: May 16, 1998
Viewing Location: Secaucus Grade: C+
Summary: Fuck the physics, let's destroy Manhattan.
The promo for this film showed some neat special effects, particularly New York City's downtown getting hit by a massive tidal wave, with buildings being toppled. The problem with this movie is that there aren't really very many special effects beyond what you see in the promo. As if the promo was made, and then the rest of the film is filler. And it's really yucky filler, too: mostly promo spots for MSNBC (yeah, right) and people going crazy and acting stupid, like the girl who decides she'd rather die with her parents than live with her boyfriend, even when everyone is telling her to go. Or the president moping around from one failure to another. "Well, this is it." Bleah. And don't even get me started on the physics of this mess; obviously no one developing the movie has ever been to college, or even passed high school level physics. Or for that matter ever played pool! Some of the special effects looked recycled from ID4; change the fire from orange to gray, and hey, water! Ah, water! A tidal wave, I get it... 

Review by hughjtoad Date seen: February 5, 2000
Viewing Location: New Orleans, LA Grade: B
Summary: a little too sappy but nice
This is a nice, different kind of Science Fiction movie. They took the idea of a comet hitting the earth and played it out fairly realistically. It reminded me a little of The Day After, but with much better acting and production values. It's a little too sappy in bits, and Tea(accent) Leoni's character is an idiot, but I liked it.  

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