Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (Theater in ’98, 29 Sep 2000, video, DVD, 27 Jan 2014 and 18 Jun 2019)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A reporter trying to get information on why a Cabinet Secretary has resigned comes across an even greater discovery that will change the way of life forever.
My Take on it – This is a film that I have loved ever since I first saw it in the theater over twenty years ago.
They are able to spend time developing the characters and their arc which allow for the viewer to care so much for each and every one of them despite the fact that we know that the chances of all of them surviving this disaster is slim.
The pacing is done well and allows us to get a clear idea of what is happening without feeling as if they have a rushed time table for things.
The choice to have numerous plot threads dealing with various aspects of this disaster is a great choice because it allows us to get a much more comprehensive look at the over all story that would have been lost if they just had one focal point throughout.
The cast of this film is spectacular and is filled with some really talented actors in both big and small roles; Tea Leoni, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave, James Cromwell, Maximillian Schell, Ron Eldard, Jon Favreau, Laura Innes, Mary McCormack, Richard Schiff, Leelee Sobieski, Blair Underwood, Dougray Scott and Morgan Freeman.
This film was released at the same time as Armageddon (1998) yet the films are vastly different due to the fact that this film focuses on the dramatic aspects of such an impending disaster while that film deals with an action perspective.
The way that things are presnetd here come across as being much more powerful and poignant.
Jame sHorner does an amazing job with the score for this film and the main theme is one that always moves me and I can listen to it over and over despite its 11 minute length.
It resonates with the message of hope which is something that this film focuses on throughout.
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The film’s special effects are great and they allow for the destruction and various rescue efforts to come across as seeming quite realistic throughout.
Yes, there are plot holes here but they still manage to tell such a great story about hope in desperate situations.
Bottom Line – Amazing disaster film that manages to spend the time developing the various character arcs as we slowly learn what is truly happening. The way that they follow various plot threads that cover different aspects of the overall story helps us get an even more comprehensive look at this story and it was a smart move to not remained focused on only one aspects. The cast is spectacular and we get to see some very talented actors in this film. Despite it coming out at the same time as Armageddon (1998), the dramatic version presented here is much more powerful and poignant than the action one presented there. The music by Horner is amazing and I can listen to the theme of this film over and over despite the length of it. It is a musical piece that resonates with the hope that this story tries to prevail upon us and is quite touching to listen to. The special effects are done really well here and that allows for the destruction and the various rescue attempts along the way to look very realistic. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The ship that goes to destroy the comet is called “The Messiah”. This is not only an appropriate name, but also an inside joke. When the first space shuttle was being conceived, N.A.S.A. constructed a full-scale, wooden mock up of the S.T.S. Orbiter. It was nicknamed “The Messiah” because, according to Flight Controller Jerry Greene, everyone who walked into it said, “Jesus Christ!” in reference to its size. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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