Michael Bay (1998)

15 Certificate
Tuesday 6am - 8:35am Sky Cinema Sci-fi/Horror


Our Score
In light of 2001's Pearl Harbor, this megabucks popcorn-spiller from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay is revealed to be a witty, postmodern exercise (by comparison anyway). There's a meteor "the size of Texas" heading for Earth - as indeed there was in Deep Impact, released the same year - and it's up to Bruce Willis and his motley oil-drilling gang (who have "the Wrong Stuff") to blast off and save us all. In hallmark Bruckheimer style, it's flashy, overwrought and excessive, but there's a knowing irony in the committee-written script and in the performances of Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Steve Buscemi. The loved-up subplot is a low point but, within such an expert thrill ride, it's not the end of the world.


Nasa discovers an asteroid the size of Texas is on a collision course with Earth, so a drilling expert is recruited to train a team of misfits to transport a nuclear device into outer space to destroy it - but having had no experience of space travel, the reluctant astronauts find themselves seriously out of their depth. Sci-fi thriller, with Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Michael Clarke Duncan, Billy Bob Thornton and Steve Buscemi.

Cast & Crew

Harry S Stamper Bruce Willis
AJ Frost Ben Affleck
Grace Stamper Liv Tyler
Dan Truman Billy Bob Thornton
Jayotis `Bear' Kurleenbear Michael Clarke Duncan
Rockhound Steve Buscemi
Gen Kimsey Keith David
Ronald Quincy Jason Isaacs
Walter Clark Chris Ellis
Lev Andropov Peter Stormare
Director Michael Bay
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Scenepalm Ltd.Guidance: Edited for content.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray