YMMV / Meteor

For the movie:

  • Fridge Logic: 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?
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel: 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.
  • Special Effect Failure: 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 Stock Footage 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.
  • Strawman Has a Point: General Adlon is meant to be a General Ripper, but he makes very good points about not being able to trust the Russians at the height of the Cold War.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: That being said, the shot of the meteor hitting the WTC actually looks well-done.
  • What An Idiot: 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 they somehow go the wrong way when evading the tsunami, as they go towards the tsunami which gets them killed.