Is Don’t Look Up A Ridiculous Version Of Deep Impact? Let Us Find Out

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Don’t Look Up is a Netflix original movie that was aired globally on 24th December 2021. The trailer clearly suggested that it is going to be a mockery project, a satire of society. The interesting touch of sarcasm to the concept made several of us make time and enjoy the Netflix Original movie. However numerous instances of the plot somehow resembled the 1998 film Deep Impact but in a ridiculous version.

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Don't Look Up/ Picture Credit: Netflix
Don’t Look Up/ Picture Credit: Netflix

TOTT has a load of evidence in the argument that somehow makes the former an exact mockery of the latter. With that note let us jump straight to the ideas one by one.

N.B: Make sure that you go and watch the 1998 movie Deep Impact first if you want to understand the points made by TOTT here.

TOP 16 Similarities That Proves That Don’t Look Up Is A Ridiculous Version Of Deep Impact

Similarity No.1: The Discovery

Don't Look Up/ Picture Credit: Netflix
Don’t Look Up/ Picture Credit: Netflix

In Don’t Look Up, we find Kate Dibiasky played by Jennifer Lawrence who is a Michigan State University Doctoral student, discovering the presence of this earth-killing comet that was heading straight towards the planet. She is backed up by her professor Dr. Mindy played by Leonardo Di Caprio.

 Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures
Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures

In Deep Impact, Leo Beiderman played by Ellizah Wood who is a member of the star party, discovers the existence of the extinction-level event. Again the teenager is backed up by Dr. Wolf, however unfortunately Dr. Wolf dies in a car crash on his way to alarm the people of Earth.

Similarity No 2. The Media Personnel

In Don’t Look Up we have a TV host Brie Evantee played by Cate Blanchett, a representative of the media personnel, that somehow holds an important role in broadcasting the entire catastrophic event. However, the approach made was not that agreeable. She takes the subject very lightly as a matter of the regular event.

Don't Look Up/ Picture Credit: Netflix
Don’t Look Up/ Picture Credit: Netflix

On the other hand, Jenny Lerner a journalist lands surprisingly on the topic of E.L.E(Extinction Level Event) which she considers to be a career-changing opportunity for her. But after learning the whole topic in detail she is scared to death and takes necessary steps as required.

 Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures
Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures

Similarity No 3. The Involvement Of The White House

The casual approach of President Janie Orlean and her son Jason Orlean towards the catastrophic event was seriously mind-boggling. Anyone with a hot head could have just punched the imbeciles. But since Kate and Dr. Mindy along with Dr. Teddy were very much serious and wanted to have a solid solution to the Planet killing event, they kept their patience and talked with the mother-son duo.

Don't Look Up & Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Netflix
Don’t Look Up & Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Netflix and Paramount Pictures

In Deep Impact, E.L.E is taken gravely and was under research and various programs under the White House. The President was looking for the right moment to announce the catastrophic event to the public without bringing chaos to society.

Similarity No 4. The Case Of Infidelity To Spice Up The Plot

Dr. Mindy, in Don’t Look Up, inadvertently hooks up with the TV host of his morning show The Daily Rip, Brie Evantee. This ends eventually, he is reunited with his wife by the end of the movie bringing a happy end to his marriage since it was the end of the world.

Don't Look Up/ Picture Credit: Netflix
Don’t Look Up/ Picture Credit: Netflix

In Deep Impact, Jenny’s father leaves his wife and ends up with a much younger lady. However, just like the former movie, he understands his misdeed but much later, and has no good end to his marriage. But he finally is forgiven by his daughter which was a sweet end to his family life, since it was the end of the world.

 Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures
Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures

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Similarity No 5. The Devastating Occurance

Both Don’t Look Up and Deep Impact comes both have a catastrophic idea that surely carries the power to destroy half of humanity. In the former, it is referred to as ‘a planet-killing event’ while in the latter it is made classified with the acronym ‘E.L.E’.

 Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures
Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures

Similarity No 6. Time Left

In Don’t Look Up, the discovery of the comet was made approx 6 months prior to the catastrophic scenario. However, in Deep Impact, Jenny Lerner discovers that E.L.E is about to take place in just less than one year or so which was one year after the discovery of the comet.

Similarity No 7. The Mission To Rescue Planet Earth

Is Don't Look Up A Ridiculous Version Of Deep Impact?
Don’t Look Up/ Picture Credit: Netflix

In Don’t Look Up we find a similar approach made, that we previously watched in Deep Impact. A hero was assigned with the project to land and take care of the comet manually and change its course altogether. But it was then enhanced with BASH intervening and taking up drones to drill and break the whole 5-7km stretched comet to small bits with the help of nuclear weapons.

 Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures
Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures

In Deep Impact we find a team of 6 astronomers taking up the charge of handling the catastrophic situation and blowing up the mass of the extraterrestrial object by drilling in with the help of nuclear bombs and eventually changing its course.

Unfortunately both the mission fails and the earth faces devastation. But, in Deep Impact the subject of Patriotism saves pretty much of our earth, which ensures the whole rebuilding idea.

Similarity No 8. People To Take And Save

In Don’t Look Up, only 2000 people were allowed on the ship which was, by the way, a state of art cryo-chamber which is programmed to find the nearest Earth-like planet in the Goldi Lock Zone. The discoverers were paid no extra attention they were left to die. However, the president calls up Dr. Mindy to take only two seats that includes him, which he rejects.

Don't Look Up/ Picture Credit: Netflix
Don’t Look Up/ Picture Credit: Netflix

In Deep Impact the arrangement was made by a lottery where around 800,000 Americans were to be selected to join the pre-selected 200,000 humans for an underground shelter for the purpose of rebuilding Earth. Here we find that Leo and his family were under the preselection category.

  Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures
Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures

Similarity No 9. The Family Mess

President Janie Orlean leaves his son and takes up the seat to save her back under the uneventful climatic scene.

But on Deep Impact, Jenny Lerner leaves her preselected seat in the shelter, to meet her father and stay with him while facing the scariest death one can ever imagine.

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Similarity No 10. The White House Affair

Don’t Look Up represent a messy White House leader, that certainly doesn’t have the power to lead the country or anyone in particular. The mother-son duo was eccentric and was so irritating to some point that you might feel like entering the TV set and punching the duo.

  Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures
Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures

On the other hand, we see a very well arranged White House associate in Deep Impact, that genuinely wants the best for the people. They took the situation pretty gravely and were keeping up with the whole E.L.E thing, scene by scene as per the requirement, definitely taking notes on the welfare of the earthlings.

Similarity No 11. The Subject Of Money

Money plays an important role in Don’t Look Up. Everything was going fine as planned. Just then the CEO of BASH intervenes with his objective of extracting out the extraterrestrial minerals from the planet-killing comet. He even went alerting the humans that the calamity ensures future jobs for the survivors. This makes the whole ‘handling the comet’ type of situation invalid.

Well, money does not play any major role in Deep Impact. The White House was all looking for what was best for the people, the survivors, and the next process of rebuilding.

Similarity No 12. The Fall

The planet-killing event in Don’t Look Up was likely to take place on the Pacific ocean damaging the west coast of Chile precisely.

  Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures
Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures

On the other hand in Deep Impact the fall was predicted on the Atlantic ocean destroying the east coast of the US.

Similarity No 13. The Presidents

On Don’t Look Up, we find the president taking up a seat in the cryo chambers and leaving for good. In her haste, she even leaves her son behind to face his death.

While in Deep Impact, the president Tom Beck played by Morgan Freeman stays with the citizens of his country and faces the uneventful situation bravely.

Similarity No 14. The Gravity Of The Situation

When the duo Kate and Dr. Mindy along with Dr, Teddy visits the White House they were laughed at and not at all taken seriously for the impending doom. The discoverers were even made fun of especially Kate by the public as well.

 Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures
Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures

But on Deep Impact we find the subject received thorough attention from the beginning, before even alarming the public. Additionally, we find Leo receives quite an amount of perks while time came, in this movie.

Similarity No 15.The Ending

The ending showed a mega Tsunami hitting the landmasses with ferocity and destroying the human civilization with full grace in both the movies. Not only it was scary, but it was also emotional for both the movies. However, on Don’t Look Up we find the Cryo Chamber, landing on an earth-like planet with 2000 alive humans planning to settle down. Nevertheless, the movie ends with a messed-up and uncertain future.

 Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures
Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures

But in Deep Impact we find the survivors along with the President, planning to rebuild Earth with what is left which was kind of hopeful and predictable, to be honest.

Similarity No 16. The Sense Of Patriotism

Don’t Look Up showers the not-so-hidden human nature which is being greedy. But in Deep Impact, the sense of patriotism plays a robust role. In fact, the crew who were managing the E.L.E situation in the space compromises their life, which certainly minimizes the catastrophic level of destruction to some considerable extent.

  Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures
Deep Impact/ Picture Credit: Paramount Pictures

Being a mockery of the disaster movie genre, Don’t Look Up sure did an amazing work with the plot. But honestly, you might not end up happy after the movie ends. It gave a mixed vibe with the subject and not a good ending.

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From the beginning till the end, you might get infuriated so many times, with the casual attitude of the people around and their humane problems. But the direction, the cinematography, and everything under the production team was great. Special credit should be made to each of the actors involved; they portrayed their characters generously. No doubt the plot point is engaging as well, which will make you stay till the end.

But honestly speaking, Deep Impact is much more good. Fortunately, both the movies are streaming on Netflix. You should definitely check the movies out.

Don't Look Up/ Picture Credit: Netflix
Don’t Look Up/ Picture Credit: Netflix

However, these are the points that manifest, how Don’t Look Up is a ridiculous version of Deep Impact.

We do hope we made our points pretty much clear here. But if we by any chance missed out on any point, do let us know in the comment section below.

But this is all for today hope to meet you all very soon in our next publication Bye- BYe…

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Shreyasi Dutta Gupta

Hi, this is Shreyasi, I am a weeb and I am sure there are many out there who are like me who constantly look for a deeper picture such as theories, moments, 'best of', 'top x's' reviews on ANIME, TV SHOWS, and MOVIES, to read and relate to. So, here we are with such engrossing titles to share and entertain you. Hope you read and encourage our initiative. Have a great day...
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