Just because it was first, doesn't make it better.Utter crap.
Oh, it beat Armageddon into theaters by nearly two months, and it swindled the American moviegoing public out of something like $150 million, including my $4.50, but make no mistake, this movie bit it.
Tea Leoni. How dost thou sucketh? The best news anchors are completely objective, but they're not lifeless. Watching her deliver the news was like watching a 7-year-old with stage fright. She showed zero emotion, even on the beach with her dad right before they were wiped out by a bad special effect. That scene, while blatantly pulling your emotional strings, should've made you at least a little sad. Funny in Flying Blind (her first TV show, not the one NBC won't let die a graceful death) and Flirting With Disaster, she's comatose here. I was happy to see her go.
Elijah Wood. They thought he was dead? The fact that there was no second body didn't clue them in to strange things being afoot? And what's up with a teenager seeing the comet before the astronomers do? Look, I'm a fan of his other work, but this was a bit much. Same goes for Morgan Freeman. Quit slumming and get back on track.
Enough of the acting. Let's look at the effects. Nothing special about them. The comet itself is shoddy, looking less like a comet and more like a superball covered in cobwebs and scanned into a computer, and the gigantic tidalwave caused by the impact between Earth and a superball is utter shit. Blurry, jumpy, a mess. It's a horrible process shot. You'd expect more out of it; it's the money shot. It turns out to be a joke.
Barely directed by Mimi Leder, it's abyssmal. It's like a USA Network movie with only without the B-movie cast (Robert Duvall instead of, say, Tom Wopat). It tries to be a more emotional movie than Armageddon was, but it just plain sucks.Don't even think about watching this movie.