Deep Impact

Deep Impact

DVD - 2004
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'Deep Impact' is the story of the world's reaction to a death sentence. As a comet approaches the earth which might not be destroyed or divertedbefore it reaches earth, each individual struggles in the face of extinction to find what most matters to him or her.
Publisher: [United States] : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2004
Edition: Special collector's ed
ISBN: 9781415703236
141570323X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Deepimpact

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

So I've seen this film for the umpteenth time now. Yes, I like it that much. Best disaster movie of all time? Hands down. I'll put it out there like this, this is my favorite movie ever. Period.

Now, let me qualify that statement. Favorite movie ever does not equal best movie ever made. Sure, the first time I watched this when I was 19 years of age, I said Deep Impact was the best movie ever. Chalk that up to age. Deep Impact is not perfect. Some of the story choices are flat-out wrong. Téa Leoni performs adequately for much of the movie, but occasionally dips into overacting; certainly her acting stands out in comparison to what is otherwise a great cast. There are enough errors, mostly in continuity, to make a party game out of (though I will say in comparison to other films of its kind, Deep Impact is much more scientifically accurate; some of the errors it does have seem to be deliberate choices to make a more intense film). So no, Deep Impact is not perfect, but it is still great film making.

Part of the issue that arises out of Deep Impact is the question of genre. Disaster films appeal to action movie buffs. Deep Impact has its share of action, but it is, at its heart, a drama. No other disaster movie shows the realism and heart of this one. I cry every time. Not once, not twice, but several times. Mimi Leder and team have done an amazing task creating a film that is so human. If you're looking for explosions and beautiful women and completely unrealistic heroics, this isn't the film for you.

I could continue, but I realize I'm just babbling. That's the result when someone is passionate about something. And I am passionate about this movie. Watch it. The first thirty minutes or so are iffy. Then it gets better. Then it gets even better. By far, the best part of this film is the last thirty minutes or so (with the exception of the horrendous final scene--good speech, poorly orchestrated). No, definitely not a perfect movie, but I love it.

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donkeyhote
Dec 10, 2015

This video shows realistically how people behave in great crisis situation. It also tells that there exist underground bunkers to save some privileged folk from such disasters. Those bunkers do exist. In the movie it is said a computer will choose at random those under 50 to be put into the bunkers, but this is certainly not true - those bunkers were built to save a few, not average folk. The International Space Station was created for the same purpose, to save the human breed. So the asteroid or other disasters are possible, obviously, bec. why would those bunkers have been built otherwise? The one in Alberta allegedly cost 250 Billion; allegedly in the USA there were budget holes in the past, when the money went to unknown destinations. William Milton Cooper in his book "Behold A Pale Horse" tells there is an underground city under a mountain in the USA 70 miles from Washinigton and it's called "Mount Weather." There is a big one allegedly under Denver Airport. The question was put to Margaret Thatcher about the bunkers and who will be allowed to go in there, and she admitted those bunkers exist, but also said the lay public will not be put in there, if there is crisis. This was said on various talk radio shows. This movie is quite realistic of human behavior one can expect in such situations. If you read Graham Hancock's book on Asteroids, there is an amazing statement there about a "Dark Force in the Universe," which wants to prevent us from "contemplating" and throws rocks at us if we try to do so. Is he alluding to God? This remark is not at random, some of the Top guys hid the existing scientific knowledge in several places, underground or maybe even on Mars to prevent God from taking it away. Jim Keith in his book "Mind Control And UFOs - Casebook On Alternative 3" says that decades ago there were people signed up for one-way missions and they have disappeared since. Maybe that colony on Mars existed years ago. Also, it was said on talk radio that the DNA and the seed of all life forms are hidden in several places to recreate life after a general disaster over the Earth. As much as I know humans by now (I am 72 yrs old, grew up in Communism, worked in 5 countries) it is even possible that humans will cause some such disaster with their unruly nature. But it's also possible that an asteroid hits the Earth as it did 65 million years ago to form the Mexican Bay and kill off the Dinosaurs with a general cooling and darkness all over the Earth.

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akirakato
Dec 08, 2015

This is a 1998 American SF disaster film directed by Mimi Leder, written by Bruce Joel Rubin and Michael Tolkin.
Steven Spielberg served as an executive producer.
The film depicts the attempts to prepare for and destroy a 7-mile (11 km) wide comet set to collide with the Earth and cause a mass extinction.
This movie was released during the same summer as a similar SF movie called "Armageddon", which fared better at the box office, while astronomers described "Deep Impact" as being more scientifically accurate.
Although the story runs slowly, the film creates an amazing traffic jam and breath-taking visual effects.
I enjoyed it at the edge of my seat especially when the giant waves hit New York City.

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JackPurcell
Oct 28, 2015

Considering how many times this general theme has been played they did a fairly passing job, made it interesting enough to watch all the way through. Not bad.

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lukasevansherman
May 10, 2014

Remember the late 90s when they were a bunch of dueling movies? 2 WW2 movies, 2 volcano movies, 2 Elizabethan movies, 2 animated insect movies, 2 asteroid movies. "Armageddon" is ridiculous, but at least has more action. This one takes its sweet time with the impact and once it hits, it's not all that deep. It is amusing for its huge cast, which includes Morgan Freeman (black president y'all), Tea Leoni, Elijah Wood, Robert Duvall, Jon Favreau, Leelee Sobieski, Blair Underwood. . .Part of the great disaster movie revival of the 90s/00s. Also see "Twister," "Volcano," "The Day After Tomorrow," "Godzilla," "The Core," "Poseidon." P.S.-Wouldn't this make a good adult film title?

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tj_is_cool
May 19, 2012

The movie had a great plot and it had great acting but special effects were lacking.

Mocha6ft3 Mar 30, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen.The President Of The United States....Good Evening. I bring you important news that you all need to hear. "Deep Impact" sound pretty good on your HOMETHEATER. Although this movie is simular to "Armageddon" or the other way around, i still enjoyed it. Morgan Freeman as the president was a very nice touch. He had to deliver devastating news to the world of the oncoming asteroids and possibility of the end of the world. Describing in detail of the lethal tidal wave that will wipe out parts of our world before the larger asteroid hits us. My friend prefered "Armageddon". She said there was more action and sound while this movie depended more on the story and emotions before the asteroid hits. I still thought this movie was ok. My favorite scene for sound was of course when the asteroid hits the earth. Creating a huge tital wave that destroys everything in it's path. The sound was well done. The visuals for this scene was excellent. Watching this huge tidal wave wipe out the tall buildings in Manhattan was an excellent visual effect. I give this movie 4 stars. Great visual effects, good sound effects, good acting, and a good story. Butterpopcorn, white cheddar popcorn, chips, tissues and pray.

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UnbreakableValour
Mar 19, 2012

cool movie. it was kinda too short

aaa5756 Jun 23, 2011

B+ DVD

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Jun 24, 2012

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