Armageddon -- **1/2 (out of 5) (1998)
Cast: Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Steve Buscemi, Billy Bob Thornton
Directed By Michael Bay
The plot: An asteroid the size of Texas is hurtling towards Earth, which will surely result in the termination of all life on the planet. The high-ups in NASA devise a plan to split the asteroid into two parts that will send each piece off the path of Earth's demise. In order to do this they call upon the help of deep core oil driller named Harry Stamper and his crew to go up to the asteroid to drill a hole deep enough to place a nuclear warhead in and blow the rock apart. In what the screenwriter feels is a necessary subplot, one of crewmen is getting it on with his Stamper's daughter and they will soon be married should the mission be successful.
ARMAGEDDON is a mega-budget action flick runs the gamut from inspiringly effective to downright awful.
The best parts: Billy Bob Thornton's performance, the outstanding special effects, the occasionally funny dialogue, Michael Bay's nice touches in a few scenes, and a well-done beginning and end.
The worst parts: Bruce Willis attempting a southern drawl (which he thankfully ditches after a couple of lines), some truly awful screenwriting in a few scenes, Liv Tyler's shallow and unconvincing attempts to show anger, a needless and lackluster romantic subplot, Michael Bay's attempts for cinematic virtuosity in many scenes, and a sagging hour of boredom in the middle when they are attempting to get to the asteroid's surface.
All in all, I suppose it's entertaining enough to view at least once, but $140 million dollars could really have been better spent on other material.
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