Armageddon

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Buena Vista Released 1998

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Director:
Michael Bay
Released:
1998
Rating:
PG-13

Armageddon is a 1998 action-adventure thriller directed by Michael Bay. In the film, a meteor shower is bombarding New York and while NASA is investigating the phenomena they make a horrific discovery. There is a meteor the size of Texas heading straight for Earth, the impact of the asteroid would destroy Earth and all of its inhabitants. The situation is only made worse when NASA scientists, led by Dan Truman (Billy Bob Thornton), find the asteroid will hit Earth in 18 days. Truman and his team develop a tentative plan to destroy the asteroid, but they need advice on how to penetrate the surface. Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis) is a world-renowned oil driller he and his team, A.J. (Ben Affleck), Chick (William Patton) and Bear (Michael Clarke Duncan) are brought in by NASA to perfect the plan that will hopefully destroy it. Stamper perfects the plan, but he decides he must take part in the mission himself to make sure it is done right. Will an oil driller be able to save Earth, or will his lack of astronaut training be too much to overcome?

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  • 50

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    The actors mark time, and the gung-ho heroics on display are embarrassingly hollow.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Director Michael Bay's filmmaking style is so frantic and frenetic that it's often impossible to figure out exactly what is happening.

  • 20

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Much of the confusion, as well as the lack of dramatic rhythm or character development, results directly from Bay's cutting style, which resembles a machine gun stuck in the firing...

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End of The World Movies, Disaster