Deep Impact (movie)

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Template:Infobox Movie Deep Impact is a 1998 disaster film/science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures. The film is directed by Mimi Leder. Its all-star cast is headed by Elijah Wood, Téa Leoni, Morgan Freeman, Leelee Sobieski and Robert Duvall. The interrelated stories of the plot describe events which take place surrounding the discovery of the fictional "Comet Wolf-Biederman," due to impact Earth, and its subsequent approach to our planet.


Main cast

Plot summary

Leo Biederman (Wood) and Sarah Hotchner (Sobieski), two teenage astronomy club members, discover a new object amongst the stars at night. Little do they know that it is a comet on a direct collision course for Earth. Astronomer Dr. Marcus Wolf (Charles Martin Smith) also discovers the comet and figures out its deadly trajectory, but dies in a car crash on the way from the observatory to alert his colleagues.

A few months later, Jenny Lerner (Leoni), a field reporter for MSNBC in Washington, DC, finds out about a government secret called "Ellie" that is connected to President Tom Beck (Freeman). Initially deducing it as an affair, when she asks him about it, she finds out it is really "ELE", code for extinction-level event. President Beck invites her to a press conference, where he announces the comet's existance. The comet, seven miles wide, is large enough to wipe out civilization if it hits the Earth. President Beck announces that NASA is going to send six astronauts (played by Duvall, Blair Underwood, Dougray Scott, Ron Eldard, Aleksandr Baluyev and Mary McCormack) on the spaceship Messiah to the comet, now named "Wolf-Biederman" after Dr. Wolf and Leo, who separately discovered the same comet. The mission of Messiah is to destroy the comet before it gets too close to Earth, using an arsenal of atomic bombs.

Life changes drastically worldwide, and Leo Biederman and Jenny Lerner separately become celebrities. Leo tries to live as normal a life as he can considering what is going on, and love blossoms between him and Sarah. Jenny swiftly rises to become an anchor for MSNBC, and is also reunited with her estranged father (Maximilian Schell), though their relationship is still very strained.

Messiah makes it to the comet and plants the bombs, but one crewman (Scott) is lost, a second (Eldard) is blinded, and a third (Baluyev) is otherwise injured severely. The nuclear explosion's shock wave damages the vessel, cutting off contact. The explosions, instead of destroying the comet, split it into two pieces (the larger six-mile-wide fragment, "Wolf", and the smaller 1.5-mile-wide fragment, "Biederman"). Messiah's remaining crew sets a course back to Earth, still carrying some bombs, hoping to make it back in time for one more try.

President Beck, acknowledging Messiah's failure, announces that special caves had been built as a contingency, and the government will conduct a lottery-of-fate to randomly select 800,000 ordinary American citizens to go along with 200,000 pre-selected scientists, specialists, soldiers and other officials. These 1,000,000 people will be part of a worldwide effort to save the population from extinction when the comets hit Earth.

Life as we know it ends as the lottery's selectees are notified. Jenny and Leo are both among the pre-selected. Leo, being a minor, is permitted to bring his family. He also gets permission to marry Sarah, in order to save her and her family, who were not selected in the lottery. But when it comes time to evacuate to the caves, the officers conducting it have no room for the rest of Sarah's family, prompting Sarah to remain behind.

Leo escapes before entering the salt caves, determined to be with Sarah, whether he lives or not. He makes his way home, where (luckily) his motorbike has not been looted. He finds Sarah's family on a gridlocked freeway and takes Sarah and her infant sister on the motorbike, escaping up the Appalachian Mountains. Meanwhile, Jenny abandons her spot and gives it to a co-worker (Laura Innes) who has a young daughter (Caitlin and Amanda Fein), and sends them off to the caves. She then goes to the coast to be with her father, too old to even participate in the lottery, at his beach house. There they finally find an understanding, even as they find their fate.

Ultimately, after a last-ditch effort to use all of Earth's missile-borne nuclear weapons to destroy the comets fails, "Biederman" impacts in the North Atlantic Ocean, sending out a megatsunami over 400 meters tall that floods out the global Atlantic coastlines. Jenny and her father, and Sarah's parents, all die, along with countless millions more. The movie shows realistic imagery of the wave knocking over buildings in New York City like dominoes. Leo and Sarah manage to get high enough in the mountains to avoid the wave, along with thousands of others.

Messiah arrives ahead of "Wolf", and informs NASA of its decision to engage in a suicide mission to try and destroy the remaining fragment. They arrive with time to spare to say goodbye to their families. The astronaut who was blinded is told that his wife, who got pregnant before he departed, had given birth to their son. Messiah then dives into a fissure on the surface and detonates the remaining atomic bombs on-board, vaporizing "Wolf" over North America, preventing a predicted land impact somewhere in Canada and saving humanity. The movie ends with President Beck giving an inspirational speech in front of the ruins of the White House to kick off recovery efforts, with Leo and Sarah present.

A competing "space impact" film, Armageddon, was released at approximately the same time as Deep Impact. Deep Impact is generally considered to be more realistic than Armageddon, and had a stronger emphasis on the effect on society. Nevertheless, Armageddon was a bigger hit, though Deep Impact was also highly successful both financially and critically.

See also

External link

ja:ディープ・インパクト (映画) nl:Deep Impact pt:Deep Impact


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