Armageddon (1998) – 10/10 Bruce Willis-saves-the-world-AWESOMELY disaster movie review

Cast / crew
Bruce Willis: Harry S. Stamper
Billy Bob Thornton: Dan Truman
Liv Tyler: Grace Stamper
Ben Affleck: A.J. Frost
Will Patton: Chick
Peter Stormare: Lev Andropov
Keith David: General Kimsey
Owen Wilson: Oscar
William Fichtner: Colonel Willie Sharp
Steve Buscemi: Rockhound
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
Producer: Gale Anne Hurd
Producer: Michael Bay
Writer (Adaptation): Tony Gilroy
Writer (Adaptation): Shane Salerno
Writer (Story): Robert Roy Pool
Writer (Story): Jonathan Hensleigh
Writer (Screenplay): Jonathan Hensleigh
Writer (Screenplay): J.J. Abrams
Director: Michael Bay
Unit Production Manager: Barry Waldman

Armageddon (1998)

An asteroid the size of Texas is on a collison course for Earth giving NASA 18 days to mount a do-or-die mission to land two shuttles on the rock and nuke it apart. They send for ace oil-driller Harry Stamper but he refuses to train the astronauts, and instead volunteers himself and his team to undergo the hazardous mission.

10/10

This is it. My guilty pleasure. I love this movie.

Easy-to-criticise disaster movie which is, nevertheless, spectacular, incredibly good-looking, consistently awesome, surprisingly moving and extremely enjoyable; this is what you go to the cinema to see. Despite eye-rolling science and a legion of obvious flaws (two prototype spaceships just lying around; at least two of Harry’s drill crew wouldn’t fit through a barn door let alone the little porthole jobs fitted on spaceships; "probably the smartest person on the planet" does nothing except be baffled for the rest of the movie; astronauts are also expert nuclear bomb defusers; Michael Bay’s dog is hit directly by a meteorite and survives), this movie works and this fact outweighs all deficiencies. If movies were rated on their ability to suspend disbelief, this would be the greatest movie ever made. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay counted the box office returns in the hundreds of millions of man-tears. Rival asteroid blockbuster Deep Impact looked on in po-faced bafflement.

This movie contains mild swear words, a single sexual swear word, adult dialogue and unpleasant scenes, violence and sensual scenes, exotic dancing scenes.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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