9. Deep Impact
Doomed from the outset due to being released alongside
the similarly themed but far more bombastic Armageddon, 1998’s sci-fi drama
Deep Impact brought together an impressive ensemble cast to face the end of the
world as we knew it, and no one in the film’s huge, sprawling character list
felt all that fine about it.
Offering an apocalypse less movingly intimate than 1990’s Miracle Mile and less expansive and impressive than later disaster film efforts such as Roland Emmerich’s 2008 hit 2012, the end of Deep Impact nonetheless offers a tragic and tranquil image of humanity resigned to their fate which proves stronger than anything in the preceding flick and goes some way to justifying its existence.