Doomsday Meteor (2023) Review
Doomsday Meteor is the latest Asylum knock off of Armageddon, Deep Impact and the unjustly forgotten Sean Connery film Meteor from Joe Roche and co-writer Lauren Pritchard, the team who also gave us Collision Earth (2020) and Moon Crash (2022). Working solo, Roche wrote Meteor Moon (2020). After that trio, do they have anything new to add, or is this just a rehash of their previous rehashes?
Captain Davis (Joseph Michael Harris, War of the Worlds: Annihilation, San Andreas Mega Quake) and Dr. Edwards (Anthony Jensen, Reed’s Point, Prey) are at Goddard Observatory finishing up another day of observing when they suddenly observe a giant meteor that’s managed to get close to Earth while somehow remaining unobserved.
In seven days it will hit Earth, and the smaller objects its gravity has attracted are already starting to cause widespread destruction. General Ferris (Patrick Labyorteaux, Arctic Armageddon, Heathers) orders the Doomsday Meteor Protocol be put into action.
But when that fails, the only option is to get hands on with it. Captain Williams (Eva Ceja, American Bigfoot, The Lurking Man) and a crew including Stiles (Caroline Williams, Ten Minutes to Midnight, Bloody Ballet), Jacobs (Kennedy Porter, Transmorphers: Mech Beasts, The Party) and Davis are sent on a potential suicide mission to implant a device that will push the meteor off of its course and away from Earth.
Director Noah Luke (Attack on Titan, Battle for Pandora) is one of The Asylums’ better directors and has enough experience doing space adventure films to make him an ideal choice for Doomsday Meteor. Roche and Pritchard have given him a script that is highly derivative, but has a fair amount of action and hits all the expected notes. We have a crew with the usual complications such as a wife and kids or a wife expecting their first child. There’s a hurried launch that doesn’t leave time to get everything in order, in flight repairs, acts of self-sacrifice, etc.
He’s helped out by some better than average effects for an Asylum film. There aren’t a lot of them, but they’ve gone more for quality over quantity here, and apart from a scene of the heroes van being hit by a small chunk of space rock it mostly works. Unfortunately, that also means there are few scenes of mass destruction and cities being levelled, but that’s to be expected from The Asylum.
The script does have its share of dubious moments, starting with the explanation of how the meteor wasn’t detected sooner, “it came at us from the same direction as the sun.” There’s also a scene where a crew member crawling across the ship, sticking to it Spider-Man style, while performing a repair as it races through space, and an equally improbable plot point involving heat seeking missiles fired from planes and subs striking the meteor and endangering our heroes.
Played for laughs, these scenes would have been fine, but Doomsday Meteor is meant to be taken seriously. Between those scenes and a couple of noticeably bad performances, that can be hard to do at times. It doesn’t help that Patrick Labyorteaux who is subbing in for Eric Roberts only has a few minutes screen time and cult scream queen Caroline Williams is wasted in a thankless role
As a result, Doomsday Meteor is a fairly mixed bag, and how much you enjoy it will probably depend on how much you want to see a dollar store version of Armageddon. I could have done without the attempts at sentimentality, but still found it entertaining enough to put it in the middle of The Asylum’s output quality wise. If you’re looking for some undemanding science fiction heroics, Doomsday Meteor should fill the bill.
The Asylum has released Doomsday Meteor on various Digital Platforms, including Tubi.