Armageddon

Armageddon

Michael Bay (1998)

147min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This blockbuster offering from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay (Transformers, Pearl Harbour) sees a meteor "the size of Texas" heading for Earth - as indeed there was in Deep Impact, released the same year. 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 script and in the performances of Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Steve Buscemi. The loved-up subplot between Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler is a low point, but, within such an expert thrill ride, it's not the end of the world.

Summary

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
Dan Truman Billy Bob Thornton
AJ Frost Ben Affleck
Grace Stamper Liv Tyler
Charles "Chick" Chapple Will Patton
Rockhound Steve Buscemi
Oscar Choi Owen Wilson
Jayotis "Bear" Kurleenbear Michael Clarke Duncan
Colonel William Sharp William Fichtner
Lev Andropov Peter Stormare
General Kimsey Keith David
Ronald Quincy Jason Isaacs
Max Lennert Ken Campbell
Walter Clark Chris Ellis
Co-Pilot Jennifer Watts Jessica Steen
Colonel Davis Marshall Teague
Dottie Grace Zabriskie
New York guy Mark Boone Junior
Psychologist Udo Kier
Hollis Vernon "Grap" Stamper Lawrence Tierney
Narrator Charlton Heston
Bike messenger Eddie Griffin
Director Michael Bay
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Scenepalm Ltd.Guidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama