A fine example of great special effects that more or less stand the test of time, and a simplistic disaster movie that gives you exactly what it promises - disaster. It's corny, it's unbelievably one-dimensional at times, and there's more fiction than science but despite all this it's highly enjoyable. Revisited this week, for the first time since childhood, and it was surprisingly fun.
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.