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Deep Impact (1998)

Director:
Mimi Leder

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Science Fiction/Disaster
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Deep Impact

RUNNING TIME
121 minutes

Producer:
David Brown
Richard D. Zanuck
Screenwriter:
Bruce Joel Rubin
Michael Tolkin


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Captain Spurgeon "Fish" Tanner Robert Duvall ½
Jenny Lerner Téa Leoni ½
Leo Biederman Elijah Wood ½
Robin Lerner Vanessa Redgrave
Jason Lerner Maximilian Schell ½
Tom Beck Morgan Freeman ½
Alan Rittenhouse James Cromwell -
Commander Oren Monash Ron Eldard
Dr. Gus Partenza Jon Favreau -
Beth Stanley Laura Innes -
Stuart Caley Bruce Weitz -
Andrea "Andy" Baker Mary McCormack -
Don Biederman Richard Schiff -
Ellen Biederman Betsy Brantley Ja
Sarah Hotchner

Leelee Sobieski

Mark Simon Blair Underwood -
Dr. Marcus Wolf

Charles Martin Smith

-
General Scott

Francis X. McCarthy

-
Otis "Mitch" Hefter

Kurtwood Smith

-

 

Review

Deep Impact belonged to the 1990s disaster tradition dealing with great human sacrifice and biblical references of gargantuan proportions. But unlike most of its counterparts, mostly meaning films in the Roland Emmerich or Michael Bay mold, Deep Impact's director Mimi Leder actually is able to incorporate and handle effective interpersonal relations in her film, which helps make quite a few of these characters into true humans. Seen in light of current global state of affairs, the film also has a sense of dignified austerity which is enviable, and I'm quite convinced that Morgan Freeeman should actually have been the U.S. President. There's also a nice little love story involving Elijah Wood and Leelee Sobieski, and a sombre sub-story about Vanessa Redgrave and Maximilian Schell. That same sombreness is also present as the film turns to its more heroic and CGI-driven finale, which helps make that more resonant than in Deep Impact's umentioned aforementioned competitors. This is a fine achievement by director Leder, whose work here ensured Deep Impact would make at least a somewhat lasting, albeit not actually deep impact.

Copyright © 13.09.2020 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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