A teenage astronomer and his teacher discover an object amongst the stars at night. Little do they know that it’s a comet on a direct collision course for earth. After the teacher dies in a car crash trying to report his findings the President announces the comet’s existence. He also states that there is no need to panic, because NASA is going to send astronauts on the space mission, Messiah. Their mission is to destroy the comet before it gets too close to the earth. When Messiah backfires, the President announces that special caves will have to be built, and the government will have to have a lottery-of-fate to randomly select 800,000 ordinary American citizens to go along with 200,000 scientists, soldiers, and other officials. These 1,000,000 people will be set aside to save the population from extinction when the comet hits. –IMDb
Miriam “Mimi” Leder (born January 26, 1952) is an American film director and producer noted for her action films and use of special effects.She was the first female graduate of the AFI Conservatory in 1973.
Leder was born in New York City in 1952, the daughter of Etyl, a classical pianist, and Paul Leder, a director, producer, actor, writer, and editor. Mimi was raised in Los Angeles, in a Jewish home. During childhood, her dad, a low-budget independent filmmaker, introduced Mimi and her siblings to film production. Having worked for the majority of her life in film gave her the skill and confidence to be the first woman accepted into the American Film Institute. She studied cinematography but enjoyed working with actors and telling stories.
Leder began her career as a script supervisor on a string of films, including Spawn of the Slithis (1978), Dummy (1979), The Boy Who Drank Too Much (1980), and A Long Way Home (1980), before moving… read more
This film reeks of the terrible stench of '90s filmmaking, in every sense other than the score (by James Horner), Morgan Freeman as the president, and the startlingly decent special effects for 1998. Besides this, the screenplay is absolutely awful/cliche, creating no real suspense since we know from not only the title and first frame what is going to end up happening. If you like this kind of schlock, go for it.
i primi minuti con l'incidente dello scienziato sono una delle cose più ridicole, banali e telefonate di sempre. Poi purtroppo il film degenera..
I watched this standing up in a theater in Chonju, South Korea. That's about the only memorable thing about it for me.