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Film Review - Deep Impact
Deep Impact deeply sucks. It promises death and destruction, great computer special effects, and largely gives us nothing. As I left the theater I thought, "Just once, when a film that promises to kill the human race, just once, I want to see the human race wiped out!" That's what's wrong; we're promised for two solid hours the total destruction of mankind, and the filmmaker welshes on the deal.
We start with a kid discovering something new in the sky. He sends his finding to Charles Martin Smith, who confirms the discovery. It turns out that Smith is too good an actor for this film, so he is immediately killed off. Must be; there was no other reason to kill him.
Now we decide the comet will hit the Earth and kill everyone. So we dig up an old astronaut (Robert Duvall) and send a spaceship off to nuke the comet. Great idea! They take eight nukes, use four and fail. Well, why the hell would you take eight and use only four? This is one of the lamest story twists in this piece of crap.
Then we have the reporter who dug up the story that we're all going to die. We see most of the film through her eyes. The trouble is, she's not too interesting; which explains why the movie is so dull. Look, we were promised tidal waves and death, but we have to wait for the last 10 minutes to get there, and then at the last minute, Duvall remembers he's got four more nukes, and robs us of the apocalypse we paid for.
Don't waste your time on this. You're going to be disappointed simply because you're not going to get what you paid for.
Directed by Mimi Leder
Released in 1998
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Reviewed by Mongo