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Armageddon (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 1 July 1998 (USA)
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After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet.

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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 John Wiggins

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi disaster action, sensuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,089,972 (USA) (3 July 1998)

Gross:

$201,573,391 (USA) (4 December 1998)
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In the scene of the helicopters chasing Oscar on his horse, a Wescam camera pod can be seen on the lead chopper (only visible in widescreen versions of the movie). See more »

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[Camera shoots past the moon to slowly zoom in on the Earth]
Narrator: 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]
Narrator: 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]
Narrator: It hit with the force of 10,000 nuclear weapons. A trillion tons of dirt and rock hurtled into ...
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Crazy Credits

Portions of the video of Grace Stamper and A.J. Frost's wedding are shown during the final credits. See more »

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Entertaining and Models Nobility
21 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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I love this movie. Yes, it has silly scenes but underneath Bay has a solid moral foundation and it models nobility. Not a bad idea for the kids in the age of Sin City: Slime to Flush For. Willis gives a great performance; though Buscemi as Rockhound steals the movie with some great funny lines. Bay forges a good supporting cast including the always great Childs, into a cohesive unit that we care about and root for. This is what separates the great older films from today's action bore fests. Introduce your characters let us get to know them then later, if you are good, we will blow everything up for you, we promise. If you want to really appreciate this film watch DEEP IMPACT which is fading with every passing year while this movie's following grows.

It is the moral depth to the movie; it models nobility or giving of yourself for others within one of the most narcissistic periods of American History. It also dared, even for 1998, to invoke God within the new age bring the light, sending you positive energy current crappola. I admired Bay for having Truman say God be With You and Willis looking out into space when all seems lost,"..just a little help here, God." Leder's Deep Impact devolved into a sappy soap opera quite boring and lost sight of the global nature of the threat. Bay works to include the whole globe; Leder is trapped in her little country. Nobility from ordinary people asked to do extraordinary things risking all for others earns this 4 stars from me before I even view it.

Does the film have flaws? You bet it does awful acting, as usual, from Liv Tyler and Owen Wilson. The leaving on a jet plane sing along is a 9 on the cringe meter. Please, lose this scene over time. If the price of Aerosmith scoring the film was Steven's no talent daughter in the picture, next time Bay hire another composer? Her scenes with that blank stare; please pull the camera back, quickly. Yet, the film is non stop entertainment with really funny and likable characters. The cost of the endeavor is more realistic and very lifelike. It does not need to squeeze tears from you like DEEP IMPACT; it builds up the characters, we care about them; when disaster strikes I love the understated grief not up in your face like IMPACT.

For all its action, humor and intensity, it is a deeply moral film that models nobility a rarity, within this zeitgeist, that is so refreshing. Trust me, this is what you want your kids watching. These are not super heroes, nobility is always a choice; it is there within every single one of us.


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