Super Comet

2007 ,    »  -   9 Comments
Ratings: 7.41/10 from 54 users.
Super Comet

Scientists believe that an asteroid impacted the planet over 65 million years ago and effectively wiped out most of all life in its wake, including the entire dinosaur population. Is it only a matter of time before Earth is struck by another asteroid of similarly catastrophic proportions? The hugely ambitious feature-length documentary Super Comet speculates on the circumstances surrounding this possibility both through informed analysis and dramatic enactments.

In the nightmare scenario which is set up in the first half of this impressive effort, the world has been aware of a comet's devastating trek towards Earth for the past eighteen months, but they've been floundering in their attempts to brainstorm a solution. An astrophysicist and his team utilize high powered telescopes off the coast of Hawaii to keep an eye on the asteroid's path. In a feeble attempt to put a stop to the unstoppable, a nuclear warhead is projected into its path, but ultimately fails to deter it from its final destination. Stricken by the inevitable conclusion of their impending demise, the world's population disintegrates into panic mode.

The film's second hour follows the aftermath of the asteroid's collision with Earth. Most of the planet is shrouded in darkness, temperatures reach record lows never before experienced, and all plant life vanquishes alongside a vast percentage of the human population. We follow a few lone survivors as they struggle to improvise means of survival amidst the intolerably harsh conditions and meager tools at their disposal.

The likely implications of such a disaster are supported by a panel of distinguished interview subjects who are peppered throughout the film, including Dr. Alan Harris of the German Aerospace Center in Berlin, Wolf Dombrowsky, a professor of sociology at the University of Kiel, and Dr. Matthew Huber, a climate change scientist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Their stark and cautionary conclusions illustrate how ill-prepared and ineffective we would be in the face of such a disaster.

As pulse pounding as a big screen Hollywood feature, Super Comet is an exciting cinematic experience that doesn't skimp on offering sound scientific commentary along the journey of its gripping narrative.

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9 Comments / User Reviews

  1. bfearn

    "All life was extinguished" after the comet 65 million years ago.

    Not true. I they are going to say this at the outset then the video has no credibility.

  2. Wayne

    I like a good speculative science disaster movie, but what annoys me most is, the script usually calls for the willful ignorance of some of the characters. Characters who are educated first world people who should know better.

  3. Mozzman

    There is no building on genuine premises here. The ancient KT event is a reliable fact, but the giant leap from that to their future scenario is mere speculation and phony drama. As science its a failure.

  4. bluetortilla

    Yeah, but it does add to our understanding of the morbid human need for a destruction myth. It's like the modern equivalent of the Book of Revelations; it makes sense to us. While the fact that every life will in a sense end in a catastrophic collapse remains unacceptable, people with placate themselves with silliness like this.

    "Will the human race survive?" What? Wow, Shakespeare really did peg down the human heart.

  5. soros

    It's almost as though we in the West want to be obliterated for our "sins".... And speculative movies like these, pumped out by Hollywood, is adding to the paranoia. Just shows how we can't escape our consciences. But I wonder if all people the world over share such destruction myths.

  6. soros

    It's great the way the French will be speaking English once the Comet hits.... and some people will be glad they have old Citroen (cars).

  7. sciguy

    Most of this could be anticipated, which is a plus. However, the simulation could have taken so many other courses, so they should have mentioned. Second, while Schneider may have gotten many scientists to back him up, there weren't many credible sources. Lastly, there could have been more detail. Such a long and detailed video, but it seems that He didn't pack enough in there for the over all length of both parts to this documentary.

  8. T. McGrath

    Some of what is portrayed is true, but much is not. The majority of the debris that rains back to Earth will burn up in the atmosphere, and nowhere near the heat they claim will be generated by such an impact. The debris that burns up in the atmosphere would form a blanket that covers the majority of the planet, blocking the sunlight for months. Where the debris is within the first ten miles of the atmosphere, it will be washed out of the atmosphere within a few weeks in the form of acid rain. So the acid rain will be over within the first month after the impact. However, the debris that is more than ten miles above the atmosphere, in the stratosphere and above, will remain as dust for months and spread across the planet carried by the jet streams. It will not be the heat that will be the problem, but rather the winter the lack of sunlight will create. Most of the plant life (90%) did not survive the last impact 65 million years ago, and that had a greater impact on life than the actual impact.

    They clearly did not give much thought as to what actually survived the last impact 65 million years ago. Are they seriously suggesting that birds found underground shelters? Why did alligators and crocodiles survive, but not other marine reptiles? Most large critters did not survive because they required more food. If the critters were small (~10 kg or smaller) they had a better chance of survival because they would require less food.

    They also left out the tremendous earthquake that would follow an impact of this magnitude. It would literally shake the world, and the aftershocks would last for weeks. So underground may not be the best place to survive such an impact.

    Overall, this was a pretty bad documentary.

  9. johnnyringo

    Actual human survival could very well be the most hellish part of something of this magnitude,which would no doubt include most every horrible thing one could imagine with the worst being what could not be imagined....Instead of getting further away from the point of impact it might just be better racing straight for it....Quick 'n' Easy.

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