USA | 1998 | 144 min | action, adventure, sci-fi
2 h 24 min
Billy Bob Thornton, Keith David, Michael Clark, William Fichtner, Owen Wilson, Bruce Willis, Chris Ellis, Jason Isaacs, Jessica Steen, Ken Hudson Campbell, Liv Tyler, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Will Patton, Ben Affleck
Earth falls under the meteor shower — from Finland to the US West Coast, the territory is exposed to massive shelling of meteorites. As a result of the shelling, the Atlantis shuttle explodes and part of New York is destroyed.
A giant asteroid the size of Texas is approaching Earth. After 18 days, the asteroid will fall to Earth. Regardless of wherever they fall, no living creature will survive as a result of the collision.
The energetic director of NASA sorts through all the possibilities but rejects all the options. His assistant Dan Truman, discussing the possibility of detonating an asteroid with nuclear warheads, argues that an attack on an asteroid from the outside will not change course, but if you drill an asteroid, lay an atomic bomb inside it (about 244 meters deep) and explode it - it can split into two pieces that fly at a safe distance past the Earth.
After a long preparation and training of astronauts, the shuttles take off. Having overcome many obstacles and having lost part of the crew, Stamper detonates a bomb just moments before crossing the «zero point» and at the cost of his life saves the planet from destruction.