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Michael Bay (The Rock) directed this science fiction action thriller in the When Worlds Collide tradition. After astronomy students discover a comet-asteroid collision, an asteroid fragment "the size of the Super Dome" threatens. It's destroyed by a secret USA defense in space, but a large chunk veers off toward Singapore. With another asteroid "the size of Texas" en route, a plan is devised to send oil drillers to land on the asteroid and drop a nuclear device down a 1000-foot shaft, a scheme
Jul 1, 1998 Wide
Jan 5, 1999
Harry S. Stamper
Billy Bob Thornton
Charles (Chick) Chap...
Col. William Sharp
Co-Pilot Jennifer Wa...
Ken Hudson Campbell
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Marshall R. Teague
Michael Clarke Dunca...
Jayotis (Bear) Kurle...
Asian Tourist (Femal...
Hollis Vernon (Grap)...
Helga (the Nurse)
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How does Armageddon, a movie obsessed with countdowns and countdown clocks, manage to redefine -- downward -- the standard for summer stupidity? Let me count the ways.
It's strictly a side issue whether mankind will survive colliding with an asteroid the size of Texas; the real question is whether Liv Tyler, who plays Bruce Willis's daughter, gets to keep her boyfriend.
The special effects are the best that $150 million can buy and the script plays like a near-afterthought.
The end of the world is going to be very noisy and filled with some of the worst dialogue ever.
Armageddon peels your eyelids back and blows your eardrums out until rational analysis is moot.
Just when you think you've had it with this movie, there comes a farcical, rock 'n' roll sort of comedy sequence, or a hilariously goofy line.
The special effects are spectacular, even if the acting and script are patchy, but at two and half hours long, it overstays its welcome.
By the time Bay and Bruckheimer appropriate John F. Kennedy's image in their final small-town-America montage, it's clear their pomposity knows no limits.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay are slick Hollywood operators who know exactly what they're doing: Armageddon's heart beats strongly, but it's pumping adrenaline rather than blood.
It's such a thrill ride, in fact, that after its 2 1/2 hours of thrills, you're likely to feel more pummeled than entertained, which is just the point.
Bay has simply botched the job. His action sequences, especially those on the asteroid, are impenetrable and chaotic. And the narrative, larded with the usual military double-cross, is preposterous.
If you've seen any of a dozen similar disaster movies, you know how it all turns out.
The loved-up subplot is a low point but, within such an expert thrill ride, it's not the end of the world.
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- A.J. Frost: Is this supposed to be like this ?
- Oscar Choi: Don't worry. This is normal.
- Rockhound: Hey, guys, remember, we're, we're heroes now. So that incident with me and the gun on the asteroid? Let's keep that under wraps all right.
- Lev Andropov: Welcome home, astronauts.
- Rockhound: This is so much fun, it's freaky.
- Col. William Sharp: We have visual of the target, Houston.
- Lev Andropov: I am not gas station. This is sophisticated laboratory.
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