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Deep Impact

I know a lot of people find this movie boring or pretentious but I always vastly preferred it over its contemporaneous counterpart Armageddon. I liked that the emphasis was on the drama instead of the action and that the film makers treated the concept with the weight that it deserved. Even watching the movie with the audio commentary turned on and the aspect ratio stretched to minimise plasma TV burn-in it moved me, despite some plot holes. (Notably, the last minute decision to nuke the comet should have been thought of way earlier, and the timing of the boy's decision to go back for his girlfriend rang false... wasn't he going to talk to the authorities about getting her family into the ark?)

This viewing I noticed the huge number of familiar faces populating the cast, some of which I'd forgotten, others who were unknown to me at the time. Tea Leoni, Morgan Freeman and Maximillian Schell of course, but also Robert Duvall, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Schiff, Elijah Wood, Dougray Scott (in a part cut to a mere cameo), Denise Crosby, James Cromwell, John Favreau, Mary McCormack, Leelee Sobieski, Blair Underwood, Kurtwood Smith and Bruce Weitz (whom I wouldn't have recognised if he hadn't been pointed out in the commentary). Next time I see it will I recognise even more names?

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