Impact (2009)

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Impact (2009)

Starring: David James Elliott, Natasha Henstridge, James Cromwell
Studio: Sony Pictures  32680 [Release date: Sept. 1, 09]
Video: 1.78:1 for 16:9 color
Audio: English DD 5.1
Subtitles: English, closed captions
Extras: The Making of Impact, Creating Zero Gravity, Deleted scenes
Length: 190 minutes
Rating: ****1/2

A very good sci-fi miniseries in two parts, which aired on ABC-TV this past June. Unlike many TV series, it makes a worthwhile transfer to DVD. Not your usual sci-fi disaster movie, it has some very interesting things happening with meteors, asteroids, the moon and earth, and some probably perhaps not quite plausible solutions to them being done in order to save the world’s destruction. The emphasis seems to be more on the personalities involved in the story than on the special effects showing the violent occurrences on earth due to the moon getting out of its normal orbit.  Yet the cgi effects are very impressive – especially for a TV miniseries.

An expert on the moon located in Germany, who is about to get married, and another physics expect in the U.S. left with two young children following the death of his wife, are the primary characters, along with female expert (Henstridge) on the astronomical emergency who worked with the U.S. expert in the past.  Cromwell plays the grandfather of the two children.  The acting is of good quality and the script intelligent.  Henstridge speaks in the documentary of struggling to actually made sense of some of the theories she is expounding, since only doing that could she possibly memorize her lines. The effects of electro-magnetic impulses hitting earth and places where gravity was counteracted are quite amazing special effects to see, and not your usual fire and explosions.  The shots on the moon – made in a gravel pit near Victoria, B.C. – are quite believable.  This is another sci-fi film which would appeal also to those not normally sci-fi fans.

 – John Sunier

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