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DEEP IMPACT
Message of film: "Live each day as if it were your last." How would you live today, tomorrow, next week, if you knew the world might end in a year?
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LOS ANGELES TIMES Says:  The latest in Hollywood's almost biblical procession of disaster films.
Deep Impact
(1998)
By David Bruce
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David Bruce
PG-13 for intense, disaster-related elements and brief language.
Running time: 2 hours, 1 minute.

Director Mimi Leder.
Producers Richard D. Zanuck, David Brown.
Executive producers Steven Spielberg, Joan Bradshaw, Walter Parkes. Screenplay Michael Tolkin and Bruce Joel Rubin. Cinematographer Dietrich Lohmann.
Editor David Rosenbloom.
Costumes Ruth Myers.
Music James Horner.
Production design Leslie Dilley.
Art directors Gary Kosko, Thomas Valentine, Dennis Bradford, Andrew Neskoromny.
Set decorator Peg Cummings.

Robert Duvall as Spurgeon Tanner. Tea Leoni as Jenny Lerner. Elijah Wood as Leo Beiderman. Vanessa Redgrave as Robin Lerner. Maximilian Schell as Jordan Lerner. Morgan Freeman as President Tom Beck.

Drawing.GIF (73662 bytes)How does the world react to the coming of "Judgment Day?"  What changes and what remains the same?  "Deep Impact" explores these and other questions.  A meteor is on a collision course with earth.  A space ship named "Messiah" is sent up to destroy the ominous enemy and save the world.  The leader of the "Messiah" is called "Fish." His real name is Spurgeon.  I was impressed by the obvious and free use of biblical names and symbols for "saving" the world.

In order to save a few of the people on earth, "Operation Noah's Ark" is put into action.  A fewchosen people and animals are placed deep inside earth caves where they can exist for two years while the surface of the earth suffers from lack of sunlight due to the impact. 

The President of the United States (Morgan Freeman) goes on the air and says, "I wish, no, I don't wish, I believe in God." He then proceeds to quote the Bible, "The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you.  The Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace." (Numbers 6:24-26)

Later in the film, during a marriage ceremony.  I Corinthians 13:12-13 is read by a priest, "Now we see through a glass darkly but then we shall see even as we are seen.  Now I know in part but then I will know fully even as I am known."

At the end of the film, the questions that really matter in life are answered.   The people abandon all material belongings:  cities, homes, and jobs.  Relationships are the only important things in life. A daughter reunites with her long lost father and a mother holds her baby near as the first comet hits the earth.   In the end, love is the connector to the really big questions in life; relationships with God and between each other are the only things that matter. 

Studio PR: Fourteen-year-old Leo Beiderman (Elijah Wood) did not expect to make an earth-shattering discovery when he joined his high school astronomy club. He didn't expect to make any discoveries at all; he simply hoped that classmate Sarah Hotchner (Leelee Sobieski) would discover him. Yet a photograph he takes through his small telescope makes him co-discoverer of Comet Wolf-Beiderman ... a comet that scientists determine is on a fatal collision course with the Earth.

Rising, ambitious newswoman Jenny Lerner (Téa Leoni) thinks she is on the trail of a Washington sex scandal when she confronts a nervous former cabinet secretary and demands answers about a mysterious "Ellie." Instead, she finds herself suddenly whisked away to a secret meeting with President Tom Beck (Morgan Freeman). In turn for her keeping the secret for two days, he offers her the scoop of a lifetime: she is told about E.L.E., news of the impending catastrophe and of a bold, risky space mission intended to deflect the comet and save the world.

Former astronaut Spurgeon Tanner (Robert Duvall) is brought out of retirement to command the mission, leading an international crew aboard the experimental spaceship Messiah. Their desperate mission: to travel to the comet, land on its violently erupting surface, and plant nuclear charges in hope of either breaking up the comet or changing its orbit away from a collision with the Earth.

In the weeks and months that follow, not only these few individuals but everyone in the world must struggle to find meaning for their lives in the face of looming catastrophe. A plan is set in motion to establish underground shelters, "Arks," in which a fortunate few may survive the impact even if all other life on Earth is wiped out. As the day of cataclysm grows nearer, all the range of human reactions is evoked -- from panic to noble resignation to fate.

Young Leo and Sarah find themselves forced to choose between their families and one another. Jenny Lerner must struggle to gain reconciliation between her divorced parents. Messiah commander Tanner must win the trust and confidence of his much younger crew who suspect him of being there for the sake of public relations.

"Deep Impact" is the story of the world's reaction to a death sentence. For all its epic sweep and stunning images, it is above all a human story, as each individual struggles in the face of extinction to find what most matters to him or her.

RELATED NEWS

JOHN GLENN:
RENEWED FAITH IN OUTER SPACE.

     Nov. 3, 1998. John Glenn's return to space has reinvigorated his faith. The experiences of seeing the Earth from the vantage point of 340 miles up "only strengthens my beliefs," he said during a news conference from the space capsule. The 77-year-old Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) elder said he prays every day and believes that "everybody should." Glenn said he was healthy, sleeping well, and keeping busy as the subject of research and a part-time scientist, news reports said.
      John Glenn is not alone in finding renewed faith in the heavens. Several astronauts say they feel in awe of God while looking down at the Earth. The crew of Apollo 8 read from Genesis while making the first flight around the moon. The first liquid poured and food eaten on the moon occurred when Buzz Aldrin took Communion, the San Jose Mercury News said. Apollo astronaut Jim Irwin became an evangelist. Astronaut Tammy Jernigan talked about her Christian faith during a live broadcast from a shuttle three years ago.
...Shannon Lucid, the daughter of missionaries, took a minister's sermons up on the Russian space\ station Mir. When it was damaged in a crash, one of the cosmonauts' first broadcasts was to thank God that they survived. Astronauts reportedly have held an active Bible study among themselves.
..."To look up out at this kind of creation and not believe in God is to me impossible," Glenn said during a news conference from space Nov. 1, 1998.

 

BULLETIN BOARD:

GOOD MOVIE!
Subject: Deep Impact
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002
From: "Ken Priebe"

Hi David-
Finally watched "Deep Impact" on TV last night (yeah, I know, I'm a little late); was very impressed, a deeply (no pun intended) poetic film. The key theme I saw in it was "sacrifice," laying down your life for another. I especially liked the progression of Tea Leoni's character throughout the film, from self-interested business-woman to forgiving "Prodigal Daughter." The moments where she gave up her helicopter seat and spent her final moments with her dad on the beach were incredible.
It was kind of freaky seeing the World Trade Center in the film.
God Bless,
Ken Priebe

THOUGHT PROVOCATIVE MOVIE
June 27, 1999.

"Deep Impact" was, I thought, a thought provocative movie, a summer action movie that had a little more depth and thought to it than the usual summer action film. Three Stars out of Four. –Randall

SENT THE MESSAGE HOME
Feb 24 199,

David, Me again, long time no contact. I recently watched this on video and loved the fact that it seemed steeped in Biblical reference. I feel one thing has been missed though in both the summary and the comments from the others responding - The Messiah did in fact lay down its (the crew) life to save humanity. They made a very concious and illustrated decision to die instead of 'us' if you like. In effect they did not mention Jesus Christ, but came as close to it as they possibly 'felt' they could with such a mixed World audience. I think they did very well and felt the gospel message was clear. Well done Deep Impact you remained appropriate as well as sending the message home.  Blessings, --Colin

A WASTE
Here are my comments. Don't waste your money!

AWSOME
David, Awesome film! The effects were border line, however. The thing I really liked about the film was the attention it paid to the importance of family relationships. It was a powerful moment when that woman reporter choose to die with her father. After all, isn't this what life is all about?
-Paul Scott in New York

BETTER THAN...
I really liked this film. I think it will do better than Armageddon.
-Judy

I LIKED IT MORE THAN...
I liked Armageddon more than Deep Impact.
-Jessie Moore

CHECK OUT BIBLICAL REFERENCES
David, Be sure to check out deep impact a lot of biblical references. great message and its an awesome film in general.
-Danial Panzella

TOOK KIDS, BIG MISTAKE.
Just saw it tonight with our kids. BIG mistake to take our kids. The language was not suitable for kids under 13 or any age, in my opinion. It was very emotionally moving for me, since my mom just died on May 11,1998. It was too scary for our kids. Teens and adults are the best audience for this movie. I was glad to hear the president talking about God and praying to Him. No mention of "Jesus Christ" and His SAVING grace & mercy though. That would be a GREAT touch. But, for those of us Christians, Deep Impact would be a good evangelizing the unsaved and backsliden. I must admit though it did cause me to examine my walk with Jesus. I'd like to see a movie where profanity, sex, etc. was down played more.
-The Warriers

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