I’m sticking with the disaster movie theme of my previous two reviews but switching away from virus outbreaks to comets and tsunamis instead. Yes I’m taking a look at Deep Impact (1998), a film I remember watching at the cinema at the time release. I haven’t seen it for a while so it’s the perfect time to revisit it in high definition. Starring Robert Duvall, Morgan Freeman, Tea Leoni and Elijah Wood you would have to conclude it’s a pretty strong cast. Here is my Deep Impact blu-ray review, are you ready for more doom and gloom?
- Deep Impact (1998)
- Genre: Action, Thriller
- Directed by Mimi Leder
- Running Time: 121 mins
- UK Rating 12
- Discs: 1
- Released By Paramount
- Blu-ray Released: 1 February 2010
Journalist Jenny Lerner (Téa Leoni) unwittingly stumbles upon a world altering story that’s being kept from the public. That story is E.L.E. or extinction-level event. The United States and Russia have secretly been planning a mission to save the world from a comet that will hit the earth unless action is taken.
Style / Direction
Deep Impact (1998) was directed by Mimi Leder with Dietrich Lohmann handling the cinematography. This type of disaster movie you expect Hollywood to make. It’s a bit cheesy at times but ultimately gets the job done due the strong casting.
Music / Audio Effects
James Horner provides stirring and emotional score.
Acting / Characters
Téa Leoni takes the lead as journalist Jenny Lerner and she plays it very well. However it’s Robert Duvall as veteran astronaut Fish Tanner and Morgan Freeman as President of the United States who really steal the show. If a film has either of those actors in it you can be sure they make a positive contribution no matter the quality of script.
- Robert Duvall as Captain Spurgeon “Fish” Tanner
- Téa Leoni as Jenny Lerner
- Morgan Freeman as Tom Beck, the President of the United States
- Elijah Wood as Leo Beiderman
- Vanessa Redgrave as Robin Lerner
- Maximilian Schell as Jason Lerner
- James Cromwell as Alan Rittenhouse
- Ron Eldard as Commander Oren Monash
- Jon Favreau as Dr. Gus Partenza
- Laura Innes as Beth Stanley
- Bruce Weitz as Stuart Caley
- Mary McCormack as Andrea Baker
- Richard Schiff as Don Beiderman
- Betsy Brantley as Ellen Beiderman
- Leelee Sobieski as Sarah Hotchner
- Blair Underwood as Mark Simon
Conclusion: Deep Impact (1998) Film Review
I’m not going to say Deep Impact is a great movie but it is an enjoyable enough one largely down to Robert Duvall and Morgan Freeman’s excellent performances.
If you’ve enjoyed my Deep Impact blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- The Andromeda Strain (1971)
- The Day of The Triffids (1981)
- Outbreak (1995)
- Knowing (2009)
- The Book of Eli (2010)
- Contagion (2011)
Conclusion: Deep Impact Blu-ray Review
The picture quality is perfect with nice sharp image with no marks anywhere to be found. On the extras side of things there a comprehensive set although none are what I would say are essential viewing.
- Commentary by Director Mimi Leder / Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Farrar
- Preparing For the End
- Making An Impact
- Creating The Perfect Traffic Jam
- Parting Thoughts
- Photo Gallery
- Teaser Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer
On to my movie rating for Deep Impact (1998)
- Movie Rating: GOOD
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: GOOD
Amazon UK Links
Deep Impact (1998) is available now on blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip NOT representative of the blu-ray version
That concludes my Deep Impact blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more action movies soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: Deep Impact (1998) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Deep Impact (1998)
Movie description: Disaster movie
Duration: 121 mins
Director(s): Mimi Leder
Actor(s): Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Morgan Freeman, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximilian Schell
Genre: Action, Thriller
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
An entertaining disaster movie with excellent performances from Duvall, Freeman & Leoni