Deep Impact (1998)

2h / PG-13 / Action

Join Tampa Theatre and the Museum of Science & Industry for a special CinemaSTEM screening of the 1998’s out-of-this-world action thriller, Deep Impact, with special guest Anthony Pelaez, MOSI’s Senior Director of Exhibits and Innovation.

Spoiler Alert: Early in Deep Impact, we learn that a comet “the size of Mt. Everest” is on a collision course for Earth. “There would seem to be two possible outcomes,” wrote movie critic Roger Ebert in 1998, “(1) The comet hits Earth, destroying it, or (2) the comet does not hit Earth, in which case humanity is spared but the audience is denied the sight of lots of special effects. In the first scenario you don’t get the obligatory happy ending, and in the second everyone leaves feeling cheated.”

Trust us: you won’t leave feeling cheated. Instead, the U.S. government tries to keep the crisis under wraps, but enterprising reporter Jenny Lerner (Tea Leoni) stumbles upon the story,  forcing President Beck (Morgan Freeman) to announce The Messiah Project. The plan is to send a manned U.S.-Russian space craft, helmed by grizzled, trying-to-be-retired astronaut Spurgeon “Fish” Tanner (Robert Duvall), to plant nuclear bombs in the comet and blow it up. Fish is tapped because he landed on the moon once, so surely he can land on a comet?

Following the screening, Anthony Pelaez will discuss the film’s plot (and plot holes), and take questions from the audience.

This CinemaSTEM film is presented in partnership with the Museum of Science & Industry. CinemaSTEM is sponsored by TECO.