Deep Impact

Published November 21, 2019

Deep Impact

Film info

  • Title Deep Impact
  • Director Mimi Leder
  • Year 1998
  • Run time 2hrs 1m
  • Genres Action, Drama, Romance
  • Tagline Heaven and earth are about to collide

What would you do if you knew that in a handful of days an enormous comet would collide with Earth and all humanity could be annihilated? Mimi Leder directs, guiding an all-star cast featuring Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximilian Schell and Morgan Freeman. With the film's dynamic fusion of large-scale excitement and touching, human-scale storylines, Deep Impact makes its impact felt in a big and unforgettable way.

Live blog

2:52I remember very little of this film. Good start though.
4:30“Where are you going in such a hurry?” Oh dude, that’s the question.
7:16A year later!! That comet’s gonna be much closer.
11:18All very interesting but what about the skyyyyy?
19:17This talking at cross purposes is epic.
22:24Calling it Ellie doesn’t make it any more palatable. ELE.
29:30Shuttle, hooray!
30:34“Does anyone know how big the one was that killed all the dinosaurs?”
35:29Is that Happy?? Didn’t recognise him in the line up but definitely sounds like his voice.
37:12“They’re not scared of dying, they’re just scared of looking bad on TV.”
40:13They built that Messiah thing in a year?? I’m calling shenanigans on that.
44:44They keep banging on about this sun situation but have not explained why. Also why they are going behind it and not to the side, which would be much easier.
52:56Why ask for the amount of fuel if you’re just going to ignore it?
56:01That was dramatic.
1:02:57I wanna live in the caves!
1:09:33She’s been a news anchor for five minutes, there must be people more qualified.
1:11:33No conversation should go “why weren’t you at school today, let’s get married.”
1:13:57Wait a minute, if he could pull strings to get her family in too, why didn’t he just pull the strings? Is this a massive ruse to get married?
1:22:47God, she’ll get the taxi all wet from being out in the rain like that.
1:23:10Sky looks like Tatooine now you can see the comets.
1:28:40There’s just so much waiting with these extinction level events.
1:33:22They’re ALL giving up their lives? This is one step further than Armageddon, jeez.
1:38:30That is a lot of helicopters, who the hell is doing air traffic control right now?
1:47:32“You better come back and haunt me.” Adorbz.
1:50:35Even the hand on the screen thing!


I can totally see why this movie, released in the same summer as Armageddon, was overshadowed by its competitor. Somehow, despite a stellar cast, you don’t really latch on to any of the characters, except the president because, you know, Morgan Freeman. It feels a little darker than Armageddon too, because of the decisions made around who gets saved, who isn’t, conflicts created by such things.

Supposedly, the science is more realistic in this movie than in the other, but I have so many questions. How did they manage to build a giant spaceship that could travel them five months across space in a year? When they weren’t geared up to do that at all beforehand? Why did no one question what those big caves were being dug up for? How come no astronomists spotted that massive spaceship being built?

Everything the spaceship mission did seemed to be doing it the hard way, and maybe there was good reason, but they didn’t feel like sharing. I did like the added time pressure they had from the ticking clock of sunrise… even though it took a while for them to make it clear why everyone was so concerned about the sun.

And, to be honest, even tiny things were really annoying. When Elijah is looking for the key to the motorbike and he checks one jar of stuff, then gets another jar and pours that over the junk he already checked? I know he’s frantic but even I know that’s just making your life harder.

It’s good, I guess, but I can see why it’s overshadowed by the glitzier, grander, more emotional Armageddon.

Rating: 3 / 5

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