Aspect Ratio: 2.39 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby digital
Tech Notes: Camera : 35mm. Dolby digital
Two scientists (Leo di Caprio and Jenifer Lawrence) from Minesota discover a comet heading directly for earth and due to impact in 6 months. A republican president (Meryl Streep) is more concerned about the mid-term elections than doing anything. They attempt to go on tv to break the news on a morning chat programme but find their concerns trivialised and sanitised.
Facing a political scandal the president decides to go public and appears to be doing something, but at the last minute the mission to deflect the comet is subverted by a tech billionaire who discovers that the comet is made of rare-earth minerals and hatches a plan to break it into pieces and harvest them.
Meanwhile the scientists are despairing. Eventually it does not end well.
by rogerco on Wed 29th Dec 2021 Streamed proj @ home
Entertaining, but slightly misses its mark
SummaryGood fun in lots of ways, but ultimately a comet strike is a singular event whereas the collapse of Gaia will be billions of distinct events
Some of the dialogue a bit inaudible - an increasingly common complaint, are my ears fading I wonder. An entertaining riff on political expediency, media dumbing down, and tech hyperbole as the Prof and Kate have to deal and sometimes compromise with various forces with vested interests in not telling the truth.
The comeupannce of the tech billionaire both when his mission fails and in the coda 22000 years in the future when they arrive at a new planet only to discover they are a food source to the creatures there is satisfying
Ultimately though as a satire on the response to climate change it doesn't really work as eco-climate collapse doesn't have the salience that a comet appearing in the sky has.