Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Ice-T, Suzy Amis, Mario Van Peebles, Coolio, Linden Ashby
Director: John Terlesky
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
A giant meteor is expected to crash into Earth in a matter of days - a crash that would cause global devastation. There is only one chance to prevent impending doom. The government must find Dr. David Corbett (Linden Ash... more »
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Jason C. (JJC) from NEWARK, NJ
Reviewed on 5/9/2010...
We have seen this plotline a handful of times: a giant meteor the size of Nebraska is heading straight for the Earth, which will discontinue our very existence. One year after "Deep Impact" and "Armageddon" was released as summer blockbusters and made millions of duckets, another entry into this canon was created. But in 1999's straight to DVD effort, "Judgment Day," we got an urban twist on the matter.
A small asteroid obliterates Peru in the film's open, which of course alerts the government to which then they discover yet another asteroid, six-days away, big enough to wipe out the human race. Under the command of General Bill Meech (Max Gail), the plan is to blow the rock to bits using two missile programs, one of which is an unauthorized program known as THOR, a missile device designed by Dr. David Corbett (Linden Ashby), who lost the greenlight to an inferior project designed by a scientist who was close with the President. Ah, politics.
Meech sends for Corbett, the only person who knows how to work the THOR system, but a Religious Cult led by the crazed Payne (Mario Van Peebles), kidnaps Corbett so he can not interfere with God's Will. Payne believes the asteroid is the Armageddon that's refereed to in the Bible. Meech then calls for Federal Agent Jeanine Tyrell (Suzy Amis), who once worked on a case involving Payne. Tyrell asks for the assistance of Matthew Reese (Ice-T), a former member of the cult, who lost his family under Payne's rule and is now doing 10-years for an assassination attempt on Payne's life, which resulted in the death a few cult members. Reese takes Tyrell into the means streets of South Central and Compton, where leads to Payne are supposedly held. We meet undesirable hoods and gangsters and we quickly get to the point in each matter, till we get to Payne's underground quarters.
The inferior program is launched and of course fails, so it's literally a race against time for Reese and Tyrell to find Corbett and give mankind its fighting chance.
"Judgment Day" is not a very good movie, but I will admit it's worth a watch if you like these kind of films. What intrigued me, was that the meteor story was the backdrop story and main plot was a action-chase film. But it's done very poorly. This was a low-budget direct to DVD feature, with a heartbeat, but very weak. I found myself more involved with the Payne/Cult Religion story than I was about anything else. Suzy Amis, who is a decent actress and wonderful in films like "Rich in Love" and "The Ballad of Little Joe," is generally bad here and simply not believable as a Fed. Ice-T stills plays his usual ghetto self, which simply doesn't work in this movie. We have a cameo by Coolio playing a gangster, and thankfully it's just a cameo, because the man cannot act through a wet, torn paper bag. The effects are fifth rate, I've seen better effects done in the 1920's.
On the plus side: I actually enjoyed Mario Van Peebles as Payne in this film. Like I said, his story, along with the conversations he has with Corbett, who is an atheist, was very interesting. There could have been a whole movie around that, rather than the bland characters that lead the way, and the crappy unbelievable government scenes and bad effects that support them.
THIS IS A MUST SEE MOVIE
MICHAEL TAYLOR | RICHMOND, VA USA | 12/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A TOUGH FEMALE COP [SUZY AMIS] FREES A CONVICT [ICE-T] SO THAT HE CAN HELP HER TAKE DOWN A RELIGIOUS CULT [LEAD BY MARIO VAN PEEBLES] THAT HAVE KIDNAPPED A SCIENTIST [LINDEN ASHBY] THAT MAY BE THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN PREVENT A ASTEROID FROM HITTING THE EARTH. VERY GOOD ACTION MOVIE. IT SORTA COMBINES ELEMENTS OF ''48 HRS.'' AND ''ARMAGEDDON''. THIS IS WORTH BUYING. GO FIND A COPY OF THIS MOVIE AND BUY IT NOW!"
Excellent plot, low budget?
Xoandre | IL, USA | 12/17/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Judgement Day is similar to Armageddon and Deep Impact, which came out around the same time in 1998-1999. But if I had to choose the best PLOT of any of the "big rock hits earth" movies, it would be Judgement Day. However, there are a few actors who just do not fit the roles they are cast in. Yet the three primary actors are Ice-T, Suzi Amis, and Mario Van Peebles. Their roles are solid and convincing. There are about fifty dollars worth of special effects in the movie and, being a "big rock in space, hits earth" movie, that should tell you something.If you get this, do so for the story. The plot (with minor development) is by far excellent compared to any of the other movies of this genre."
C. A. Luster | Burke, VA USA | 03/31/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This review is for the 1999 version with Ice T and Mario Van Peebles. A religious fanatic, played by Peebles, thinks killing and kidnapping is okay. He kidnaps a scientist that could save the Earth from being hit by a meteor. He believes God has willed man to be eradicated so he doesn't want the scientist to prevent it. Fortunately for us Ice T is being released from prison just to take him out. Good B actioner for a slow Sunday. Good quality DVD with decent replayability. If you enjoyed this catch Chain of Command.