Deep Impact

"Heaven and Earth are about to collide."

Deep Impact is an action-adventure film that centers around a meteor that is barreling towards Earth. A reporter is investigation the abrupt resignation of the Secretary of the Treasury when she discovers that he was protecting information about an “extinction-level event”. Because of the reporter’s work, the President of the United States is forced to admit to the public that there is a comet headed for a collision with planet Earth.

The United States then teams up with former rival Russia in order to build a special rocket. The rocket will be home to several astronauts who will pilot the vessel towards the comet and destroy it with nuclear weapons. However, this mission fails. The nuclear weapons only end up splitting the comet into two pieces, both of which are still large enough to damage the earth.

The President then announces that 800,000 Americans will be drawn from a lottery and allowed to live in a government bunker, thus surviving when the comet hits the earth. Leo and Sarah are a young couple who decide to get married, since Leo has been chosen to stay in the bunker and Sarah has not. They try desperately to save their families as well but the President has declared martial law and the country is in chaos. A large piece of the comet hits the coast of South Carolina and creates a huge wave that destroys the coastline and kills many people. Sarah’s parents are among the people who die.

Throughout all this chaos, the U.S-Russian spacecraft is still orbiting the earth with one remaining nuclear warhead. The crew decides that they will sacrifice their lives in order for the good of mankind. They aim their spacecraft right into the remaining piece of the comet and explode it into a million pieces. The pieces are then too small to enter the earth’s atmosphere and mankind is saved. The President then urges the nation to come together to rebuild.

PG-13
| 1989 | 2 hr 1 min | 6.1/10
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Director
Mimi Leder
Language
English
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