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Friday, 10 February 2012

Review of Armageddon: Directors Cut (1998) by Mike

Title: Armageddon: Directors Cut (1998)

Original UK Release Date: 26th March 1999

Original US Release Date: 30th October 1998

UK Rating: 12

US Rating: PG-13

Director: Michael Bay

Genre: Sci-Fi/Disaster

Plot: When a giant asteroid is detected on a collision course with Earth, a team of oil drillers is sent to place a nuclear warhead in the hope that it will destroy it and save humanity.

Mike's Review

An asteroid the size of Texas is detected heading for Earth. It will wipe out all life on the planet if it hits. NASA decides that the only course of action is to plant a nuclear warhead deep into the asteroid to split it in two hoping it will safely pass Earth. They send a team of oil drillers led by Bruce Willis to drill the hole and save the Earth.

This is a great disaster movie utilising the directing skills of Michael Bay, a great action movie director and when teamed with producer Jerry Bruckheimer they create some of the best action films around. The effects in this film are incredible with an out of this world storyline and a cast of greats that includes Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Owen Wilson, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan, William Fichtner & Will Patton. All great actors and all bring so much to the film, but the greatest performance is by Steve Buscemi who steals every scene he is in playing the character of Rockhound.

This is an effects heavy film, but it works. The film is about chaos and destruction and the effects are relentless in the portrayal of the destruction. The spectacle of smaller asteroids crashing down to Earth is amazing to watch. Many people were put off with the effects of chaos and mayhem, but the film wouldn’t have worked without it.  However this film manages something most sci-fi films fail in. It manages to get you emotionally involved. I know many people that got teary eyed at the end of the film and that is something rare in a sci-fi/action film.

This is a big budget blockbuster and it succeeds in every way. If you are a fan of action or sci-fi films then this is truly one not to miss out on. If you feel that with effects less is more, then this may be the wrong film for you. Try a rom-com!

10 out of 10

Additional Information

Stand out performance: Steve Buscemi as Rockhound


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