Deep Impact

Deep Impact

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Director: Mimi Leder

Cast: Mimi Leder, Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood

     
 

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Mimi Leder's Deep Impact, 1998's other asteroid disaster movie (aside from Armageddon), receives a basic DVD presentation: Along with a widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 and Surround Audio in English and French, the disc includes two theatrical trailers -- and that's about it. Though the film features impressive special effects and strongSee more details below

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Mimi Leder's Deep Impact, 1998's other asteroid disaster movie (aside from Armageddon), receives a basic DVD presentation: Along with a widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 and Surround Audio in English and French, the disc includes two theatrical trailers -- and that's about it. Though the film features impressive special effects and strong performances from Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, and Elijah Wood, this somewhat disappointing disc lends very little insight into the film's strong points.Mimi Leder (The Peacemaker) directed this science-fiction disaster drama about the possible extinction of human life after a comet is discovered headed toward Earth with the collision only one year away. Ambitious MSNBC reporter Jenny Lerner (Tea Leoni) stumbles onto the story, prompting a White House press conference. United States President Beck (Morgan Freeman) announces the government's solution: a team of astronauts will travel to the comet and destroy it. The team leader aboard the spaceship Messiah is Spurgeon Tanner (Robert Duvall), who was once the last man to walk on the moon. However, the mission fails, splitting off a chunk of the comet, now due to land in the Atlantic with the impact sending a 350-foot tidal wave flooding 650 miles inland, destroying New York and other cities. The larger part of the comet, hitting in Canada, will trigger an E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event), not unlike a "nuclear winter" as dust clouds block out the sun and bring life to an end. President Beck reveals Plan B: a cavernous underground retreat constructed to hold one million Americans, with most to be selected through a national lottery. Since teenage amateur astronomer Leo Biederman (Elijah Wood) discovered the comet, his family gets a pass to enter the cave, but his girlfriend Sarah (Leelee Sobieski) and her parents will be left behind. Meanwhile, still in space, Spurgeon Tanner devises a plan for a kamikaze-styled operation that could possibly save the Earth. Special visual effects by Scott Farrar and Industrial Light & Magic.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Goldberg
Thanks to her brilliant work on TV's ER, Mimi Leder became one of Hollywood's premiere action-movie directors, and her sophomore feature, Deep Impact, is a flawed but nonetheless interesting effort that allows her to explore the notion of total Armageddon. Dark and pensive, the movie is more of a character-driven drama than a sci-fi disaster pic. Not surprisingly, Leder seems more at ease with the epic action sequences and less confident when directing the human interest scenes. The narrative becomes increasingly preachy as it evolves, culminating with Morgan Freeman's closing presidential speech punctuated with a hyper-dramatic score. While the finale does provide the cursory tidal waves and exploding cities, they still seem anti-climactic due to the countless sappy, tearful reunions peppered throughout the narrative. Even though Leder desperately tries to focus on characterization, the talented ensemble cast seems underdeveloped and unengaging, thanks in large part to the cardboard lines they are forced to deliver. Deep Impact simultaneously attempts to have the bang of Independence Day and the dramatics of Titanic, and moderately succeeds on both fronts. Even though audiences seeking a relentless thrill-ride may be disappointed, the film is still leagues better than Armageddon, the other asteroid blockbuster released in the summer of '98.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/1998
UPC:
0097361555621
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:01:00

Special Features

Widescreen version; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 surround; English Dolby surround; French Dolby surround; English captions; Interactive menus; Scene selection; 2 theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Duvall Spurgeon Tanner
Téa Leoni Jenny Lerner
Elijah Wood Leo Biederman
Vanessa Redgrave Robin Lerner
Morgan Freeman President Beck
Leelee Sobieski Sarah Hotchner
James Cromwell Allen Rittenhouse
Ron Eldard Oren Monash
Maximilian Schell Jason Lerner
Jon Favreau Gus Partenza
Richard Schiff Don Biederman
Mary McCormack Andrea Baker
Dougray Scott Eric Vennekor
Kurtwood Smith Otis Hefter
Laura Innes Beth Stanley
Alimi Ballard Actor

Technical Credits
Mimi Leder Director
Seth Arnett Stunts
Dennis Bradford Art Director
Joan Bradshaw Executive Producer
David Brown Producer
Don Burgess Camera Operator
Paul Cichocki Editor
K.C. Colwell Asst. Director
Peg Cummings Set Decoration/Design
Leslie Dilley Production Designer
D. Scott Easton Associate Producer
Scott Farrar Special Effects Supervisor
James Horner Score Composer
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Allison Jones Casting
Gary Kosko Art Director
Dietrich Lohmann Cinematographer
Josh Lusby Set Decoration/Design
Richard Mays Set Decoration/Design
Mark Hopkins McNabb Sound/Sound Designer
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Neskoromny Art Director
Walter Parkes Executive Producer
David Rosenbloom Editor
Bruce Joel Rubin Screenwriter
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Michael Tolkin Screenwriter
Suzan Torres Set Decoration/Design
Tom Valentine Art Director
Dean Wolcott Set Decoration/Design
Richard D. Zanuck Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
   Play
   Special Features
      Teaser Trailer
      Theatrical Trailer
   Setup

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