A solid sophomore directorial effort.
Watching life without a life lesson.
Funny to a fault that will disappoint some viewers but won't be enough to keep audiences away.
An intimate, humorous and tear-jerking look at what definitely feels like real life.
Releasing two movies with near-identical plots in the same year is like two girls showing up to the prom wearing the exact same outfit. I'm talking about Deep Impact and Armageddon. These movies are so similar in plot and story that when I saw the trailers aired separately on TV, I thought Deep Impact was a subtitle to Armageddon. Regrettably, Deep Impact is the lesser version of the same story in almost every way. The plot is simple: A giant meteor is on a course to collide with Earth. The rest is all human drama surrounding several unrelated people. Téa Leoni is a reporter, building her career on the meteor story. Morgan Freeman is the President of the United States who guides the audience in his fatherly way, explaining what's being done to counter the meteor and precautions in case the attempts fail. Robert Duvall is an astronaut leading a team to land on the meteor, drill into it and plant nuclear warheads inside it. And Elijah Wood is the teenager who first discovers the meteor.
Slow and abstruse, but ultimately rewarding in profound ways.
A safe return for Zemeckis, but not a very compelling one.
A fascinating, bizarre tale of a rock star that found an audience half a world away.
A very powerful, very human story that will incite contemporary adult viewers to question ideas, categories and constraints that shape the values that compose one's social consciousness.
An unrealized premise and two-dimensional characters make for an average movie with above average special effects.