Review: “Armageddon”

Armageddon is a science fiction disaster film released in 1998 and directed by Michael Bay. It was a rival to the other 1998 science-fiction disaster film “Deep Impact“. “Armageddon” became the highest grossing film of 1998.

Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Gale Anne Hurd, and Michael Bay.

Director(s): Michael Bay.

Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh, Tony Gilroy, Shane Salerno, J. J. Abrams.

Cast: Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Owen Wilson, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, William Fichtner, Michael Clarke Duncan, Keith David, Steve Buscemi. See full cast here.

NASA discovers that a comet is heading towards earth after a meteor shower slams into New York, Finland, and the East Coast. The comet is the “size of Texas” and is an extinction level event. They need to drill a hole in the comet to plant explosives to break the comet up, so they hire Harry Stamper (Willis) and his motley crew of oil drillers and have to train them within 18 days and get them up on the comet before the comet hits earth.

As you can see from the above description, it is rather unrealistic, but a lot of fun. Don’t go in expecting it to be scientifically accurate, as you will be disappointed. This movie is meant to be a lot of fun, entertaining, and exciting – which it is, like any disaster film. It has some great special effects and the acting is good. It has some plot twists and intrigue, action, explosions, plenty of humour, and suspense.

It has its flaws, but it’s still an entertaining film. If you are a fan of preposterous, over-the-top movies with disaster and action, and if you are a fan of Bruce Willis, then this film is for you.

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