When it is discovered that an enormous comet is on a collision course with Earth, a handful of Americans make different preparations for the end of the world. While Leo Biederman (Elijah Wood), the fourteen-year-old amateur astronomer who discovered the comet, deals with the pangs of first love, an ambitious newswoman (Tea Leoni) attempts to reconcile with her estranged parents. Simultaneously, a former astronaut (Robert Duvall) finds himself in the stars once again in an attempt to prevent the catastrophe from occurring. Mimi Leder (THE PEACEMAKER) directs from a script by Bruce Joel Rubin (GHOST) and Michael Tolkin (THE PLAYER).
"...It is hard to imagine a better space-trip, all skills at full blast..." (Sight and Sound)
"...Oscar-winning special effects..." (USA Today)
"Mimi Leder's cautionary comet tale was most unexpected -- the disaster movie as chick flick." (Entertainment Weekly)