Judgment Day (1999)

1999 | R | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action

User Score: 67/100


Cultists with an enigmatic leader (Mario Van Peebles) seize the only man capable of devising a way to stop a giant meteor from hitting the Earth...

An enormous asteroid is heading towards Earth and threatens to wipe out all life on the planet! Sound familiar? Since the Cold War nuclear-threat movies played out sometime in the early Nineties, there was a spate of films that found the Earth threatened by H.R. Giger-style aliens or giant rocks from outer space. With a movie like Judgment Day, comparisons to Independence Day and Deep Impact are inevitable. Actually, this direct-to-video release is the more enjoyable, without the insultingly simplistic plot of the former or the heavy-handed chin-rubbing portent of the latter. A boulder crashes into a Peruvian village, obliterating it; it’s a mere pebble compared to the whopper that will crash earthward in a couple of days. The military brass opts for a Star Wars-style weapon to destroy it, but the only man who can help make the thing work has been kidnapped by a cult led by religious head-case Mario Van Peebles. Enter the FBI and convict Ice-T, imprisoned for taking revenge on Van Peebles to settle a personal score. The film veers towards being a political thriller, a ‘hood movie (with a Coolio cameo), an action film, a buddy movie and old-fashioned sci-fi along the way, but the sum total is a pretty entertaining B-movie that never quite takes itself too seriously. Fans of TV’s Barney Miller should enjoy seeing Max Gail getting a migraine as the head of Air Defense Command, Van Peebles is great as the charismatic religious screwball and Ice-T is…well, Ice-T. —Jerry Renshaw

About Judgment Day (1999)

Title: Judgment Day
Year: 1999
Starring: Thomas Rosales Jr., Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Mario Van Peebles, Coolio, Linden Ashby, David Wells, Cole S. McKay, Ice-T, Kevin McDermott, Larry Poindexter, Lisa Vitello, Max Gail, Chris Conner, Mark Deakins, James Eckhouse, Maya, Richard Yniguez, Chittra Sukhu, Jonathan Palmer, Toni Small, Suzy Amis, John Terlesky, Makaylo Van Peebles, Mandela Van Peebles, Shireen Crutchfield, Maya Van Peebles, Dartanyan Edmonds, Craig Watkinson, Devika Parikh, Myles Kilpatrick
Director: John Terlesky
Score: 1.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 6 users. Votes: 6.
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action
MPAA Rating: R

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