Mimi Leder (The Peacemaker) directed this science-fiction disaster drama about the possible extincti... read moreon 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. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
. The year of the asteroid films. It's been a very long time since I sat through a screening of Deep Impact and sadly
Reviewed 21 months days ago
. Take the Eastern Seaboard Tsunami from The Day After Tomorrow and asteroid drilling from Armageddon. Poor but completely watchable.
Reviewed 2 years days ago
. Nowhere near as fun as the other asteroid movie totally skippable.
Billy Bob Thornton,
Michael Bay (The Rock) directed this science fiction action thriller in the When Worlds Collide trad... read moreition. After astronomy students discover a comet-asteroid collision, an asteroid fragment "the size of the Super Dome" threatens. It's destroyed by a secret USA defense in space, but a large chunk veers off toward Singapore. With another asteroid "the size of Texas" en route, a plan is devised to send oil drillers to land on the asteroid and drop a nuclear device down a 1000-foot shaft, a scheme calculated to crack the asteroid into two halves, saving Earth. NASA begins a crash program to train beer-besotted oil roughnecks for the mission. During a stopover to refuel at the Mir Station, the space station is accidentally destroyed, so a Russian cosmonaut also joins the team. Produced by Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer (Con Air), and Gale Anne Hurd (The Relic, The Abyss). ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
Shoulda had the crazy guy stay on the asteroid he had nothing to lose
Reviewed 9 months days ago
If anyone can save the world from an asteroid, it'd be Bruce Willis.
Reviewed 12 months days ago
. Of the two 1998 asteroid disaster films, this one was the far superior of the two. In fact it's so good I am convi