Deep Impact was released in the same summer as Armageddon.
Deep Impact, the science-fiction disaster film, was released twenty-five years ago today. The 1998 film starred Morgan Freeman, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, and Robert Duvall. Directed by Mimi Leder, who was hand selected by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The movie centers around an impending comet strike that threatens to wipe out all life on Earth. The film’s impressive visual effects and ensemble cast were praised, as were its themes of humanity’s strength and resilience in the face of disaster. It received mixed reviews upon its release but was a commercial success, grossing over $349 million worldwide.
A comet is hurtling toward Earth and could end all human life. The U.S. government keeps the crisis under wraps, but crack reporter Jenny Lerner (Leoni) uncovers the truth — forcing U.S. President Beck (Freeman) to announce his plan. Grizzled astronaut Spurgeon “Fish” Tanner (Duvall) and his team will land on the comet and lay explosives, hopefully deterring the object from its doomsday course. If not, humanity will have to prepare for the worst.