Monday, 21 May 2012

Armageddon Review (Updated)


Release Date: 20th August 1998 - Australia

Production Companies
Touchstone Pictures (presents)
Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Valhalla Motion Pictures (in association 

Walt Disney Studios Motion 
Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 151 minutes

Budget: $140,000,000

Box Office Gross: $553,709,788

Plot Summary
When NASA's Executive
Director, Dan Truman
realizes the earth has 18
days before it's obliterated
by a meteor the size of
Texas, he has only one
option -- land a ragtag
team of roughneck oil
drillers on the asteroid
and drop a nuclear
warhead into its core.

Bruce Willis - Harry Stamper
Ben Affleck - A. J. Frost
Billy Bob Thornton - Dan Truman
Liv Tyler - Grace Stamper
Will Patton - Charles "Chick" Chappel
Steve Buscemi - "Rockhound"
Michael Clarke Duncan - J. Otis
"Bear" Kurleenbear
Peter Stormare - Lev Andropov
William Fichtner - Colonel Willie Sharp
Ken Hudson Campbell - Max Lennert
Keith David - General Kimsey
Owen Wilson - Oscar Choice
Jessica Steen - Jennifer Watts
Jason Isaacs - Dr. Ronald Quincy
Judith Hoag - Denise Chappel
Chris Ellis - NASA Flight Director Clark
Charlton Heston - Narrator (Voice)

Producer/Director - Michael Bay
Story - Robert Roy Pool & Jonathan Hensleigh
Adaptation - Tony Gilroy & Shane Salerno
Screenplay - Jonathan Hensleigh & J.J Abrams
Producers - Jerry Bruckheimer & Gale 
Anne Hurd
Consultant: NASA - Joseph P. Allen
Production Designer - Michael White
Costume Designers - Magali Guidasci & Michael 
Director of Photography - John Schwartzman
Special Effects Supervisor - John Frazier
Visual Effects Supervisor: Buena Vista Imaging - 
Mark Donfield
Visual Effects Supervisor: Matte World Digital - 
Craig Barron
Visual Effects Supervisor: Blue Sky/
VIFX - Richard E. Hollander
Visual Effects Supervisors - Richard R.
Hoover & Pat McClung
Film Editors - Mark Goldblatt, Chris
Lebenzon & Glen Scantlebury
Music - Trevor Rabin


1999 Academy Awards
Best Sound - Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell
& Keith A. Wester (Nominated)
Best Sound Editing - George Watters II (Nominated)
Best Visual Effects - Richard Hoover, Pat McClung
& John Frazier (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Song "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" -
Diane Warren (Nominated)

A very entertaining disaster movie that ARMAGEDDON is, but it does deliver the audience laughter and drama that gives the appreciation for this entire picture. I don't really care about the scientific errors or even the space goofs that some people do and I positively liked Michael Bay's direction, his style of incredible action and explosions and the performances of the movie stars like Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck and Steve Buscemi. I have to say about ARMAGEDDON that not only was the second best film from the director, it was an explosive and enjoyable popcorn smash for those who have watched disaster features and even the ones that are directed by Bay like the TRANSFORMERS series.

If you want to see this blockbuster, you'll have to find it on DVD, Blu-ray or the Internet or if you prefer a different asteroid flick from DreamWorks, DEEP IMPACT (click here).

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

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