It is just another day at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a few astronauts were repairing a satellite until, out of nowhere, a series of asteroids came crashing into the shuttle, destroying it. These asteroids also decimated New York soon thereafter. Then, NASA discovered that there is an asteroid roughly the size of Texas heading towards the Earth, and when it does hit the Earth, the planet itself and all of its inhabitants will be obliterated, worse, the asteroid will hit the Earth in 18 days. Unfortunately, NASA's plans to destroy the asteroid are irrelevant. That is when the U.S. military decides to use a nuclear warhead to blow the asteroid to pieces. Then, scientists decide to blow the asteroid with the warhead inside the asteroid itself. The only man to do it, is an oil driller named Harry Stamper and his group of misfit drillers and geologists. As he and his drill team prepare for space excavation, the asteroid is still heading towards the Earth. When... Written by
There is a scene where the meteors are raining down on New York with a short cut to the World Trade Center with a fiery hole punched through the center of one tower and a chunk missing at the top of the other tower. This looks very much like the real images from the terrorist plane strike on the WTC on 9/11/01, 3 years after the film was made. Statistically speaking, this is the most likely distribution of two strikes on a pair of towers (by meteors, planes, or otherwise). See more »
The movie starts on a Friday and they say that the asteroid will hit in 18 days, which would bring us to a Tuesday. The shuttle is launched on a Tuesday evening at 6:30pm. It takes about an hour (67min) to get to MIR, 60 hours to get to the moon, 12 min slingshot, 8 hours on the asteroid and about 4 hours (3:57) to earth after zero barrier. This timeline projects the asteroid hitting earth Friday evening around 8pm. No where near Tuesday evening. See more »
[Camera shoots past the moon to slowly zoom in on the Earth]
This is the Earth, at a time when the dinosaurs roamed a lush and fertile planet.
[From behind the camera, a giant asteroid appears, speeding towards the Earth ahead of it]
A piece of rock just 6 miles wide changed all that.
[Blazing through the atmosphere, the asteroid impacts with a spectacular display of fire and destruction]
It hit with the force of 10,000 nuclear weapons. A trillion tons of dirt and rock hurtled into ...
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Portions of the video of Grace Stamper and A.J. Frost's wedding are shown during the final credits. See more »
I don't care if it's a popcorn movie by intention. It's still a darn good movie. One that I can watch many times.
"The characters are predictable". Someone took this as a negative, but the reviewer was quite far from proving his point. Well, in case of Rock Hound, you can't really say that, can you? And neither can you in case of Harry Stomper. Would you say that Colonel Willie Sharp was predictable? Or Dan Truman? Not so, sorry.
True, the story is a little far fetched. Then again no one remembers "Deep Impact", which was more or less about the same event, except written and performed so insignificantly, it felt into oblivion.
The jokes. The funny situations. The funny dialogs. "Gee, lady, I just came here to drill". "So did I!" This movie has the cinematographic equivalent of salt and pepper, and just about right mix of the laughing gas and tear gas.
For a long time I didn't know that, but I have been turning into a Michael Bay's fan. I saw him 2 times in this movie. He acted pretty well as a 2nd level supporting actor, but his real value is in directing and producing. I never expected Transformes to get my attention, and they did, which in itself is a big achievement.
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