Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (Theater in ’98, 29 Sep 2000, video, DVD, 27 Jan 2014, 18 Jun 2019 and 11 Nov 2021)
Brief Synopsis – After discovering that a comet is headed for Earth, a space shuttle is sent on a heroic mission to try and save the planet.
My Take on it – Amazing film that works so well.
The film is a perfectly constructed disaster movie that stays so fascinating and interesting the whole way through.
they do a wonderful job developing the various characters which in turn helps give a much more global look at the impact of this impending comet disaster.
Tea Leoni is superb in the lead role of a fledgling reporter who breaks the story and becomes a focal point for hope and survival.
The story smartly takes place over the period of almost a year and that gives much more credence to the story and the attempt to save the planet from the comet.
The plot also is able to jump really well between the various stories in order to help make it all seem even more realistic and impactful because it’s easier to start caring about each of them as they all attempt to find different ways to survive.
The special effects are quite good and that adds to the realism of the story as it unfolds in ways that only a disaster movie that wants to try and remain credible does.
The music by James Horner is superb and adds so much to the atmosphere of this story and helps make things even more poignant.
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The choice to keep this as a drama instead of as an action film works really well in helping to make it even more powerful and poignant and at the same time keeps it feeling so genuine and plausible.
The supporting cast is also amazing with Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximillian Schell, James Cromwell, Ron Eldard, Jon Favreau, Laura Innes, Richard Schiff, Mary McCormack, Leelee Sobieski and Blair Underwood all adding so much to this film.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – A line was edited in the President’s press conference scene. President Beck stated “Life will go on, we will prevail.” Originally, President Beck said “Life will go on, we will prevail. This is not Armageddon.” The producers later realized that the movie was going to be in box-office competition with the movie Armageddon (1998). (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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