During a high school science trip, Leo Biederman (Elijah Wood) discovers an object that he and his teacher are unable to identify. Jenny Lerner (Teo Leoni) is an aspiring journalist that has high hopes of taking the fast track for her career. She learns about a project called E.L.E. and begins an investigation that leads her into the presence of President Beck himself (Morgan Freeman). Eventually she discovers that E.L.E. isn’t a person, but an event, an Extinction Level Event, and she has a bit of a breakdown. During a press conference it’s reveled that a huge comet dubbed Wolfe-Biederman is heading toward Earth. One plan exists to save the planet, blowing up the incoming death machine, while another exists to safeguard all important personnel in a secret facility, along with several random civilians chosen by a lottery.
Ah yes, the age when Hollywood companies competed against each other in an extreme fashion in order to sell the American public films that were essentially the same story. While this film is clearly not Armageddon, one can’t help notice that the two films have the same theme. The story for this film isn’t that great, and while the idea is interesting, it wasn’t executed very well. Slow segments and poor story telling also don’t help this “blockbuster” achieve greatness. With that being said and with the exception of Tea Leoni being extremely bland and unemotional, the cast actually did an amazing job with what they were given. Although, I would never expect anything but amazing from Morgan Freeman, one of the most celebrated actors of all time.
That’s not even to mention the outstanding performance of the legendary Robert Duvall. This was obviously a big budget film as I’m sure a good portion of the cost went into special effects and CGI, all very well done. I hate to compare this film to Armageddon but the one thing I enjoyed in this film more than Armageddon was the dual story. We got to see what was going on at home as well as in space. I think this gave the film more real drama than its competition. I give this one a 7/10. It’s enjoyable to watch for all sci-fi fans and anyone looking for some drama.