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Deep Impact (1998)

Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive?

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Journalist Jenny Lerner is assigned to look into the background of Secretary Alan Rittenhouse who abruptly resigned from government citing his wife's ill health. She learns from his secretary that Rittenhouse was having an affair with someone named Ellie but when she confronts him, his strange reaction leads her to reconsider her story. In fact, a comet, discovered the previous year by high school student Leo Biederman and astronomer Dr. Marcus Wolf, is on a collision course with the Earth, an Extinction Level Event. A joint US-Russian team is sent to destroy the comet but should it fail, special measures are to be put in place to secure the future of mankind. As the space mission progresses, many individuals deal with their fears and ponder their future. Written by garykmcd

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Heaven and Earth are about to collide. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for intense disaster related elements and brief language | See all certifications »

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8 May 1998 (USA)  »

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$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,152,375, 10 May 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$140,464,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$349,464,664
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As an Executive Producer, and the presumed Director, Steven Spielberg initially sought Bruce Joel Rubin as the Screenwriter, explaining the project as a remake of When Worlds Collide (1951). This film happened to have been very significant and influential in Rubin's life. When he saw it as a ten-year-old boy, "It was the beginning of the emergence of philosophy in my life", Rubin said in The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin (2007). Immediately after he and a boyhood friend came out of the theater where they'd watched the film, they spent four hours talking about "the end of days". See more »

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During the traffic scene, a highway information sign shows Interstate 66. I-66 is in Northern Virginia (where the scene was filmed). Interstate 64 is the highway that runs from Richmond to Virginia Beach. See more »

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Jenny Lerner: You're too late. I already took care of everything.
Jason Lerner: Come. Inside the car. You're getting sick. Please. I want to talk to you. Please, come.
Jenny Lerner: I don't give a shit. Go home and tell it to Chloe.
Jason Lerner: I can't. She left me. She's with her mother. They both got scared. Come. I want to talk to you. I need you.
Jenny Lerner: How does it feel? I feel like an orphan.
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La Bohème
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Fantastic and Moving
13 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

Having seen such films as Armageddon and The Day After Tomorrow, I really expected this film to be basically an effects demo reel. Most disaster films fit into this category: their plot is loosely tied together with some major event; humanity is threatened, a group of heroes is sent to try to save the world, and mankind prevails over nature. The rest of the film is essentially nifty visual effects that don't do much to enhance the plot.

So when I saw the first half of Deep Impact, I was amazed. Apart from a brief montage of special effects in the opening sequence (a car crash that simply screams "big budget"), the movie is one of the first disaster movies I've seen that actually focuses more on the human side of the drama rather than the awesome visual effects that computers can accomplish.

Many times during the film, especially during the latter half, I felt myself touched by the realism that the actors and actresses convey. There are moments when you realize how fragile and precious life is, and that's saying something for a film of this budget.

While the visual effects are indeed impressive, there are other features that make Deep Impact a necessary film to watch. James Horner's music is strikingly similar to his previous "Titanic" and "Apollo 13" scores, but it is still hauntingly beautiful and fits the tone of the movie perfectly. Tea Leoni does a good job of portraying a newscaster attempting to cover the events surrounding her while dealing with her own personal emotions, which is undoubtedly a hard act to pull off. Elijah Wood shows his skill years before "Lord of the Rings" hit theaters. The other actors and actresses are very realistic and emotional, and the movie flows smoothly with their presence.

All in all, this movie is not one to be missed. Keep an open mind while watching this movie: don't watch it with the misconception that it's just going to be another one of those big-budget dull blockbuster films that gets churned out every summer. This one dares to avoid the seemingly standard clichés set by other films of the genre, which makes it a truly unique film to experience.

Score: 9/10


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