!!For the movie:
* FridgeLogic: How exactly ''did'' America and the Soviet Union launch satellites armed with over a dozen nuclear warheads in complete secret from the rest of the world?
** The World Trade Center is hit by the meteor, and violently explodes.
*** This is made even worse when you realize that the meteor enters from the same direction as the plane that hit the South Tower.
** A spaceship known as the ''Challenger 2'' is destroyed early in the movie.
* NightmareFuel: Even if the movie isn't a masterpiece, some might consider the disaster scenes terrifying, as cities are destroyed and citizens perish.
** The World Trade Center being violently obliterated by the meteor. It's bad enough knowing what eventually became of the two towers but the shot being a violent explosion tinted an ominous bloody red doesn't help.
* SpecialEffectFailure: Where do we begin?
** When ''Challenger 2'' passes by with the sun in the background, the "sun" is clearly a stage light.
** Many of the disaster scenes are actually reused StockFootage from other films, including Mia Farrow's film ''Avalanche'' and just normal demolitions.
** As the asteroid hits New York, the stock footage is tinted red to hide the fact that the buildings look nothing like Lower Manhattan.
** Hong Kong harbor made of cardboard cutouts (and accompanying tidal wave that didn't quite make it), mudslides made of brown water, an avalanche clearly blue-screened over footage of a skier.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: General Adlon is meant to be a GeneralRipper, but he makes very good points about not being able to trust the Russians at the height of the Cold War.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: That being said, the shot of the meteor hitting the WTC actually looks well-done.
* WhatAnIdiot: This can be pointed to many of the citizens in Hong Kong, including a man we see along with his wife, who also have a child and dog. This is when [[spoiler:they somehow go the wrong way when evading the tsunami, as they go towards the tsunami which gets them killed]].