Armageddon

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Lovely to look at but about as intelligent as the asteroid that serves as the movie's antagonist, Armageddon slickly sums up the cinematic legacies of producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay.

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Michael Bay (The Rock) directed this science fiction action thriller in the When Worlds Collide tradition. After astronomy students discover a comet-asteroid collision, an asteroid fragment "the size of the Super Dome" threatens. It's destroyed by a secret USA defense in space, but a large chunk veers off toward Singapore. With another asteroid "the size of Texas" en route, a plan is devised to send oil drillers to land on the asteroid and drop a nuclear device down a 1000-foot shaft, a scheme calculated to crack the asteroid into two halves, saving Earth. NASA begins a crash program to train beer-besotted oil roughnecks for the mission. During a stopover to refuel at the Mir Station, the space station is accidentally destroyed, so a Russian cosmonaut also joins the team. Produced by Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer (Con Air), and Gale Anne Hurd (The Relic, The Abyss). ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast

Bruce Willis
as Harry S. Stamper
Ben Affleck
as A.J. Frost
Liv Tyler
as Grace Stamper
Keith David
as Gen. Kimsey, Genera? Kimsey
Chris Ellis
as Walter Clark
Jason Isaacs
as Ronald Quincy
Will Patton
as Charles 'Chick' Chapple, Charles Chick Chapple
Peter Stormare
as Lev Andropov
Steve Buscemi
as Rockhound
William Fichtner
as Col. Sharp, Porucznik Sharp
Jessica Steen
as Co-Pilot Jennifer Watts, Jennifer Watts
Owen Wilson
as Oscar Choi
Michael Clarke Duncan
as Jayotis 'Bear' Kurleenbear
Marshall R. Teague
as Porucznik Davis, Colonel Davis
Anthony Guidera
as Co-Pilot Tucker
Greg Collins
as Lt. Halsey
J. Patrick McCormack
as General Boffer
Michael Kaplan
as NASA Tech No. 5
Ian Quinn
as Astronaut Pete Shelby
Christopher Worret
as Operator No. 1
Adam Smith
as Operator No. 2
Eddie Griffin
as Little Guy
Mark Boone Jr.
as New York Guy
Deborah Nishimura
as Client No. 1
Albert Wong
as Client No. 2
Jim Ishida
as Client No. 3
James Harper
as Admiral Kelso
Ellen Cleghorne
as Helga the Nurse
Udo Kier
as Psychologist
John Aylward
as Dr. Banks
Mark Curry
as Stu the Cabbie
Seiko Matsuda
as Asian Tourist
Harry Humphries
as Chuck Jr.
Sage Allen
as Max's Mom
Lawrence Tierney
as Hollis Vernon `Grap' Stamper
Judith Drake
as Grap's Nurse
Steven Ford
as Nuke Tech
Duke Valenti
as Roughneck No. 1
Michael "Bear" Taliferro
as Roughneck No. 2
Billy Devlin
as Roughneck No. 3
Frank Van Keeken
as NASA Planner No. 1
Kathleen Matthews
as Newscaster No. 2
J.C. Hayward
as Newscaster No. 3
Andrew Glassman
as Newscaster No. 4
Dwight Hicks
as FBI Agent No. 1
Odile Broulard
as Geo Tech No. 1
Vic Manni
as Loanshark
Jim Maniaci
as Biker Customer
Layla Roberts
as Molly Mounds
Joe Allen Price
as Kennedy Launch
Bodhi Elfman
as Math Guy
Kathy Neff
as Reporter No. 1
Victor Vinson
as Sector Director
Peter White
as Secretary of Defense
Googy Gress
as NASA Tech
Peter Murnik
as NASA Tech
Andrew Heckler
as NASA Tech
Jeff Austin
as NASA Tech
Matt Malloy
as NASA Tech
Brian Brophy
as NASA Tech
Andy Milder
as NASA Tech
Greg Warmouth
as KSC News Reporter
John H. Johnson
as Pad Director
Charles Stewart
as Vacuum Chamber Tech
Scarlet Forge
as Young Grace
Charlton Heston
as Narrator, the Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Armageddon

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (75)

  • Just because you're big does not mean you're not brainy, and this smart, polished entertainment crushes the notion that fx/disaster films run only on low-octane dialogue, lowest-common-denominator narrative and the lowliest instincts of tie-in marketeers.

    Jul 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Armageddon is big and noisy and stupid and shameless and it's going to be huge at the box office.

    Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jay Carr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • How does Armageddon, a movie obsessed with countdowns and countdown clocks, manage to redefine -- downward -- the standard for summer stupidity? Let me count the ways.

    Jun 6, 2014
  • It's strictly a side issue whether mankind will survive colliding with an asteroid the size of Texas; the real question is whether Liv Tyler, who plays Bruce Willis's daughter, gets to keep her boyfriend.

    Jun 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The special effects are the best that $150 million can buy and the script plays like a near-afterthought.

    Jun 6, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The end of the world is going to be very noisy and filled with some of the worst dialogue ever.

    Jun 6, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Armageddon

  • Jun 20, 2016
    This disaster film is very well written (which should be obvious as JJ Abrams was one of the writers). The film was also very well cast. This group of actors meshes very well together on screen to make the film entertaining. The concept is interesting as a group of drillers have to land on an asteroid to try and destroy it before it his earth. Surprising emotional and very well acted roles from Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck. Good blend of humor and action. This is one of the last gasps of greatness Michael Bay had before he started diving head first into the cinematic abortions known as the Transformers franchise.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2016
    Michael Bay's 1998 film "Armageddon" is sometimes a beautiful film to look at, but unfortunately the film is boggled down by horrible ham performances from most of the cast, an extremely unrealistic scenario, sappy sentimentalism, and jingoistic themes by Bay. Is this the fault of Michael Bay or is it the fault of the script written by at least nine people with only five being credited including J. J. Abrams and additional material written by Robert Towne. The dialogue is hapless and when the actors speak these lines written for them, you can get the sense they don't quite believe what they're saying. You would know a Michael Bay film if you see one. His style is very distinctive. Big budget films loaded with special effects with an emphasis on explosions. His films are fast moving and visual. But they often lack story. His name is used pejoratively to describe films made for thirteen year old boys. His films are not for everyone and they are certainly not for me. "Armageddon" involves an asteroid the size of Texas that is on a collission course with Earth and its going to hit in less than 18 days. NASA thinks they could land a crew of astronauts on the asteroid who could drill into the center and drop some explosives in an attempt to break it into relatively smaller pieces that if blown they would pass by the Earth. NASA recruits the best oil rigger, Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis) who will only do the mission if he can take up his own men. A motley assortment of roughnecks from all walks of life extremely unsuitable for the severity of this mission. Now these oil riggers have to train for space travel in 12 days. Everything must be condensed and they probably don't understand much of what they were taught and they probably didn't get everything actual astronauts would receive. They are buffonish, but they embody the American working man. Despite the pressures of their mission, these men all agree to save the Earth. There's a bit of a subplot involving Harry's daughter Grace (Liv Tyler) who has been dating A.J. Frost (Ben Affleck) much to Harry's dismay. Why Grace spent most her life on an oil rig is beyond me. Harry and A.J. have a bit of a rivalry and they butt heads constantly, but the issue is always about who Grace loves more, regardless of what they may be arguing about. Harry wants Grace to do better than an oil rigger, because she is better than that. It's just a catalyst for the audience to see how human these characters are and give us something to care about in this long, boring film. At times there is humor, and that humor seems incredibly misplaced. When these oil riggers are training and should be taking things seriously, they are laughing and fooling around. The Earth is about to be destroyed in a week or more and they have so much to learn. Is this a way of dealing with the stress of the mission? Possibly. But at this short notice, this is the best NASA can do. There are many problems with this film, but what I can't understand is why the mission isn't an international mission involving the best and brightest from many countries with space programs. It just seems incredibly jingoistic and arrogant that it's working class Americans who will save the Earth. There are exciting moments in the film, but they are so hard to follow with the editing and camera moving around so much. Overall, this is a film surely to delight people not looking for anything much more than some eye candy infused with patriotism and ideas of self-sacrifice.
    Joseph B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2013
    Too melodramatic and out of place. Michael Bay's apocalyptic picture only provides somewhat-fascinating visual with a stale plot and uninspiring cast. This film is negative in so many ways, that's enjoyable and entertaining just to joke at. 3/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2013
    Michael Bay delivers a wildly entertaining thrill ride in the high-octane adventure film Armageddon. A group of oil drillers are asked to save the world from a global extinction event when a comet is headed directly for Earth. Despite the silliness of the plot, J.J. Abrams is able to craft an excellent script that's fast paced and full of fun characters. Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, and Liv Tyler form an all-star cast that really work well together and are able to bring a lot of personality to their characters. And Bay's directing is exceptional; full of high-energy action sequences and iconic imagery that enhance the drama. Additionally, Trevor Rabin's score is outstanding, capturing all of the bombastic and epic tones that the film is going for. Armageddon is everything that an over-the-top action film should be and more.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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